Gender discrimination has been a common issue raised in universities across IndiaSome students have complained that VIT has much more restrictive hostel rules for female students compared to their male counterparts and regard this as evidence of gender discrimination in VIT. VIT officials, however, maintain that stricter female hostel rules are a necessary safety precaution given the rise in crimes against women.[VIT officials have stated that, while they agree that men and women must be treated equally, they have at times been faced by irate parents who have insisted on stricter codes of conduct. Measured steps are being taken to ensure that both genders are treated equally thus allowing all students equal opportunities to access the institute resources.
In October 2013, two female students were suspended after they helped to organize an online opinion survey of female VIT students, focusing on issues of safety and inequality. A VIT professor (Visiting professor from MIT) who supported the students and filed a public petition in their defence,was simultaneously fired.
Less than 10% of the students living in VIT's female hostel took part in the survey, only after knowing that their identity would not be revealed. Of those who did participate, roughly 84% of respondents indicated that they were dissuaded "from speaking out publicly against VIT’s management decisions" by "fear of expulsion, suspension or other academic devastation". Commenting on the issue, VIT vice president Sekar Viswanathan said: “The students started a campaign based on the misplaced notion that the university discriminates against women, which is not true. They were taken home by their parents”.There is a vicious cycle of whistling at students to a point of irritation, especially young couples. There has been a couple of incidents where couples were fined and ID cards were snatched if found holding hands or hugging. Boards and placards can be found on campus saying ‘Public Display of Affection is strictly prohibited’. Restrictions have been placed on a certain type of clothing for both boys and girls. Apart from gender bias, hostel authorities are rude and violent towards students, only thoughts in line with management are entertained. The management has turned a blind eye towards freedom of expression and life, to certain degree management enjoys the student sufferings.