B.Tech in Electronics Engineering (VLSI Design and Technology) - Overview

The proliferation of digital economy and consumer electronics have increased the demand for integrated chips and sensors exponentially. Meeting this burgeoning domestic demand is very challenging. Currently, India is importing integrated chips in billions of US dollar.  In fact, overall semiconductor import has surpassed that of gold, standing second only to the crude oil. From a long-term economic perspective, the deficit is expected to rise further. Hence, the existing gap must be bridged by realizing indigenous manufacturing of integrated chips.

Most of the tape-out are being siliconized in foreign countries since India has only single Integrated Design to Manufacturing (IDM) pilot line at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Chandigarh based on 180nm Node. Recently, Govt. of India (GoI) has given impetus to the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) policy for full flow/custom design (Front-end and Back-end) solution.  Foundries and companies are encouraged to set-up chip manufacturing unit under GOI’s Indian semiconductor mission to build vibrant ecosystems of Semiconductor and display systems.  However, one of the common concerns associated with setting up and running a commercial fab in India is availability of trained manpower required to run the system.

A serious crunch is observed in the trained manpower in every aspect of semiconductor ecosystem in the country. It has been estimated that total manpower requirement over the period of next five to seven years will be around 85,000 at Levels of B. Tech, M.Tech and Ph.Ds in the field of VLSI Technology, Semiconductor Manufacturing,  Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering streams. To fill the current gap, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has set up a task force to propose the required courses and curriculum to AICTE, so that the desired manpower can be trained at various levels by various Universities and Technical Institutes within the country. Based on recommendations, AICTE has launched the new course and curriculum on VLSI Design and Technology.  Academia and R&D units are encouraged to jointly participate in this programme supported by Special Manpower Development Programme (SMDP) of Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeiTY).  

To cater to this demand and fulfil India’s Semiconductor Mission, MIT, MAHE, Manipal being the Institution of Eminence is pleased to launch B.Tech in Electronics Engineering (VLSI Design and Technology) under Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering (E&C Eng.,) jointly with Semi-Conductor Laboratory from the academic year 2023. 

Course Highlights

·         In-line with India Semiconductor Mission (ISM), an initiative by Govt of India.

·         Training with Industry standard EDA tools in the labs of this course.

·         Availability of latest FPGA boards for Lab and project work.

·         Advance Hardware design language (HDL) for teaching front end design.

·         Specialized Semiconductor Device and Process Simulation tools for understanding device fabrication and process flow.

·         A hands-on laboratory to understand the fundamentals of semiconductor equipment and device characterization.

·         Association of VLSI Industry/Industries with this program.

·         Industrial internship in the final semester.

·         Sponsored Project in Industry and research organization during the course.

·         MOU with Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India and Applied Materials, US.

·         Flexible Scheme as per National Education Policy 2020.

·         Course outcomes designed to align perfectly with the enormous job opportunities projected by the Govt. of India.


Facilities in the department

Department already have the basic and advanced simulation tools (like Cadence, Xilinx, Spice Simulation, FPGA kits, COMSOL etc.,) and expertise required to train the students. Basic device fabrication and characterization facilities are housed in the department. Experienced faculties with the knowledge of VLSI design, simulation, device modelling, fabrication and characterization will train the students.

Career Prospectus

There are numerous job opportunities for VLSI engineers in the semiconductor industry. The job opportunities include:

•              Design engineer

•              Verification engineer

•              CAD engineer

•              Application Engineer

•              Analog Circuit Designer

•              DFT Engineer

•              FPGA Verification Engineer

•              EDA Tool Validation Engineer

•              VLSI Micro-architecture Engineer and many more


The prominent companies for VLSI graduates are:

Intel, Global Foundaries, Micron Technologies, Marvell Semiconductor, ARM, AMD, NVIDIA, Infineon Technologies, MediaTek Inc., NXP semiconductors, TSMC, Qualcom, Philips R&D, Samsung R&D, Siemens, IBM, Bosch, Wipro, Tata ELXI, etc. Similarly, many government PSUs, which recruit VLSI engineers, are SCL, ISRO, DRDO, HAL, BEL, etc.






Key Dates & Deadlines


Apr 22 24

Apr ' 24

Last date to Apply


Tentative Course Commencement Date

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4 Years (8 semesters).




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