Vidya Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), also known as Vidya Engineering College or Vidya College, is a private self-financing engineering college in Thrissur District in Kerala. The college is located in a 30-acre rural campus situated nearly half-way between Guruvayoor and Thrissur City, the district headquarters.
The college offers B Tech courses in six branches of engineering - Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Mechanical, and Production -and also the post-graduate course of MCA. The college was established and is administered by Vidya International Charitable Trust (VICT), a registered body formed by more than a thousand non-resident Keralites mostly based in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. The college is affiliated to the University of Calicut, approved by the All India Council for Technical Education and recognized by the Government of Kerala (see External links below). It has also secured ISO 9001:2000 certification.
Vidya Academy of Science and Technology meets the Kerala guidelines for new colleges control especially in matters of admissions and fee structure. A substantial number of students hold scholarships instituted by the management. The college has implemented the AICTE Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme for promoting technical education for women, handicapped and weaker sections of the society.
The college has seven engineering departments (Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Applications, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Production Engineering) and three allied departments (Department of Applied Sciences, Department of Humanities, and Department of Training and Placement). The College runs six B Tech programmes and the MCA programme. Vidya college has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with State University of New York. The college library houses a collection of more than 13000 books in branches of engineering, technology and basic sciences. The college has a forum in the form of Research Development Extension and Consultancy Cell (RDEC Cell) for promoting research and allied activities. The infrastructure facilities of the college are utilized for formulating and implementing research projects.