-Very Good in Discipline.(Attendence is must to have and other rules)
-Quality of Students is good as admission is purely merit-based.
-Good Brand and social recognition. It is like BITS, pilani of Thanjavur.
-Research oriented and practical Education.
-Mechanical Engineering used to be the best branch in SASTRA for placements.Hope it is still the best.
-Low fees compared to other pvt. colleges.
-Few Institutes abroad prefer SASTRA students for admissions in higher degrees. It is because of the MOUs signed.
-Useless classes.Not much to learn.Most of the times neither teachers nor students are willing to learn.
-Very few Core companies came for ECE during my stay.
About VIT only few things that I know:
-Very good infrastructure
-Huge Brand popularity is there but it is mostly because of the ads they give.
-Anyone can get admission in VIT if he/she has money in his Pocket,( which is very difficult in SASTRA as there is no Management Quota for admissions there.)
But, few good students are also there in VIT and most of them come through merit.
-Placement should not be a problem for VIT .Who would like to pay them heavily otherwise if they don't keep up their promises. Still, it is not the quantity of placements rather the quality that matters ! Most of the students are recruited in bulk recruiting companies like TCS,Infy,CTS etc.(This is a problem with SASTRA as well)