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About HEC

The Higher Education Cell is augmented to promote higher education and provide guidance to choose their area of study. It is aimed at assisting students in achieving their dreams to pursue higher education in desires countries. This cell works towards identifying students potential and harnessing their skills and abilities to become holistic citizens of the nation. This is a wellstructured support system in VISTAS for pursing Higher Studies in India and abroad.


The Higher Education Cell in VISTAS Facilities the student’s life-long commitment to learning by providing a wide array of opportunities. This will improve their knowledge as well as their career prospects and lead them to be productive citizens of the world.


The mission is to provide exposure to students to pursue higher studies in India and abroad. The higher education cell will interface with the appropriate bodies and collaborate with leading National and International Institutions.


The primary objectives of the HEC is to:

  •   Creating awareness among students of various avenues for higher studies.
  • Identify the student’s skill sets, aptitude and career aspirations and place them appropriately.
  • Collaborate with various organizations and institutions to identify and pursue opportunities for higher education.
  • Nurturing a network among Universities, Colleges, Institutions abroad committed to impart higher education and collaborative study programmes.
  •  Organizing one-on-one counseling sessions with eminent university or institution representatives on the preparations and procedures for applying to a higher education program


The Goals of HEC are defined as follows:

  • To organize various programmes to guide the students toward higher studies.
  • To facilitate students to identify their aptitude for learning and the course they want to pursue.
  •  To guide students in the various procedures involved in getting admission to various universities in India and abroad.
  •  To encourage students to take up various competitive test like GATE, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, CAEL, SAT, GMAT, GRE, ACT AND LSAT.



Assistant Director,  Higher Education Counselling Cell

Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies

Pallavaram, Chennai – 600117.

Mobile No: +91 9962506355, 7358002884

Activities of Higher Education Cell


In alignment with our goal to support students in their international educational pursuits, the Higher Education Cell has launched an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) training program in collaboration with Edvoy. This program is aimed at equipping students with the requisite skills to excel in the IELTS exam, an essential qualification for many studying abroad.

Objectives of the Program

  • To familiarize students with the format and content of the IELTS
  • To improve students’ English language skills, including listening, reading, writing, and
  • To offer mock tests and personalized feedback to help students identify their strengths and areas for

Implementation Plan

  • The program is designed as an 8-week course with a blend of online and in-person
  • Weekly practice sessions along with at least two full-length mock exams during the
  • Edvoy’s trainers and language experts will provide instructional materials and timely

Data Collection Phase

  • As of now, we have completed the data collection phase, capturing details such as the number of interested students, their current proficiency levels, and their preferred modes of training (online/offline).

Expected Outcomes

  1. Increased IELTS Test Scores: Through rigorous training and targeted skill development, students are expected to significantly improve their IELTS scores, thereby meeting or even surpassing the requirements of international educational
  2. Enhanced Opportunities for Studying Abroad: High IELTS scores will render our students more competitive in the global academic marketplace, broadening their options for higher education abroad.
  3. Building Confidence: Besides the focus on academic skills, the training will also help students gain the confidence to navigate through the admissions processes and interviews that are often part and parcel of studying abroad.
  4. Improved General English Proficiency: While the immediate goal is IELTS preparation, the program also serves to generally improve English language skills, which will be valuable in academic and professional settings.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Regular assessments and mock tests to track
  • A post-program survey will be conducted to gather student feedback and measure the effectiveness of the

By initiating this IELTS training program, we aim to provide a structured and supportive environment for our students to prepare for and succeed in the IELTS exam. The collaboration with Edvoy in this endeavour adds a layer of expertise and resource availability, amplifying the program’s effectiveness.

International Guest Lectures

Sl. No.Activities Eminent PersonDate / Time Slot
1International Guest Lecture on "Higher Education Opportunities in Foreign Universities"Emma Spittles, International Officer (South Asia and Turkey) at the University of Kent, UK.01-02-2023 at 12:00 PM.
2International Guest Lecture on "Higher Education Opportunities in the UK for Mass Communication Students"Dr. Sam Coley, Associate Professor (International), Arts, Design and Media, Birmingham City University, UK.17-03-2023 at 3:30 PM.
3International Guest Lecture on "Higher Studies Opportunity for Life Sciences in the UK"Momna V Hejmadi, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), University of Bath, UK.27-04-2023 at 2:00 PM.
4Seminar on "Opportunities and Planning Towards Study Abroad Program" for Biomedical Engg.Mr. H. ABDUL NAVAS, Senior Manager from KC Overseas-Osprey Academy, Chennai 11-09-2023 at 3:00 PM.
5Seminar on "Importance of Higher Studies in Abroad" for Computer Science Engg.Mr. H. ABDUL NAVAS, Senior Manager from KC Overseas-Osprey Academy, Chennai 6-10-2023 & 9-10-2023
6 Webinar on "Importance of Higher Education" for Electronics & Communication Engg.Mrs. Devi Venkataraman, Center Manager, Azent Oversease Education,Chennai 27-10-2023 at 2:00 PM.