Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, a premier institute of the
region was established by Late Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia on
November 1, 1960 with a donation from Gangajali Trust fund. The
institute started with B.E. in Civil Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering & Electrical Engineering. The institute now offers 9
full time and 6 Part-time undergraduate courses leading to degree
in Bachelor of Engineering and 15 Postgraduate courses in the
areas of Engineering, Science and Management. It is an autonomous
institute, which is fully funded by Government of Madhya Pradesh and
managed by the Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Education Society chaired by
Hon'ble Shrimant Jyotiraditya M. Scindia. The college campus is
spread over an area of 85 acres of lush green land with natural
Three academic Programmes viz., B.E. (Civil Engineering), B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), B.E.
Instrumentation) have been accredited by National Board of
Accreditation New Delhi. This institute was the first engineering
institute in Madhya Pradesh state. to get accreditation. Process of Accreditation for
other courses is in progress.
Institute has been accorded
academic autonomy by Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya vide
letter No. F-5/RGPV/Academic/Autonomy/2011/59, Bhopal, Dated
07.01.2011 w.e.f. session 2010-11. Thus, this institute will attain
the academic excellence and get many other benefits.
campus, a few minutes walk from the Railway Station is situated in
the Civil Lines area with the Industrial Estate nearby, spreading
over 85 acres of land with well maintained roads and approaches,
gardens, etc. It has its own tube-well based water supply and electric
distribution through an H.T. substation.
Institute is located in Vidisha in the heartland of Madhya Pradesh,
just 54 km by rail from the state capital of Bhopal, on the
Delhi-Madras, Delhi-Bombay main line with most of the trains,
including fast and super-fast ones, having a stop. The town, a
District Head Quarters is also otherwise well connected by road to other important cities and towns of the State.
A town of great antiquity and immense historical and archaeological importance, it is strewn with several famous monuments in its immediate
vicinity, such as the Stupas of Sanchi, the Udaigiri Caves, the Udayeshwar
temple in Udaipur village, the Mala Devi temple in Gyaraspur and the Heliodorus Pillar and Vijayamandir
on the outskirts of the town of Vidisha.
The Institute was named after emperor Ashoka the Great, who was Governor
of emperor Chandragupta Maurya in Ujjain and Vidisha and married the daughter of
a businessman of Vidisha. Prince Mahendra and Princess Sanghamitra, born from
this wedlock later went to Ceylon as emissaries of Buddhism.