Founded in July 1960, The National Institute of Technology, Surathkal is a prestigious autonomous institute in the western part of India. It was formally known as the Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC). The birth of this institute was the result of a joint venture between the Government of Karnataka and the Government of India. It is located 22 Km North of Mangalore city along the Kanyakumari-Mumbai National Highway 17.
The engineering college offers under-graduate, postgraduate and Ph.D degree programs. It also provides courses in sciences, social sciences and humanities to the students. The college was renamed as the National Institute of Technology (NIT) on the 26th June 2002 and gained the deemed university status. It is ranked ninth amongst the topmost engineering institutes in India.
What Does it Offer?
The institute offers under-graduate courses in engineering under the domains of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Mining, Computer Science and Information Technology. It offers post-graduate courses in Marine structures and Industrial structures, Hydraulics and Water Resources, Heat Power, Industrial Electronics, Chemical Plant Design Engineering and Process Metallurgy.
The institute also offers 27 Ph.D programs in various branches of Engineering, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. There are 14 departments in the institute awarding Ph.D degree. The departments of civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, physics, chemistry and humanities are amongst them. The institute also facilitates research and development programs in various branches of engineering.
Undergraduate admissions are based on AIEEE scores while the postgraduate admissions are based on GATE scores conducted by the IITs and IISC.
The NIT Surathkal is a residential engineering college, with in-campus hostel facilities for both boys and girls, providing accommodation for a large number of students. On the whole there are nine hostel blocks, seven for under-graduate boys, one for post-graduate boys and one for girls.
The hostels are well-furnished with eight dining halls that provide Indian food to the students. Out of these eight dining halls, seven provide vegetarian food and one provides non-vegetarian food. Apart from this there are guest houses, healthcare centers, cafeterias, swimming pools, ATM facility, post-office and shopping complexes.
The college also has a library with books on engineering, science, journals, magazines, periodicals and can be accessed by the students anytime of the day.
Research and Grants
Research and development activities are carried out on various branches of engineering, sciences, social sciences and humanities. The research activities in the institute are mainly sponsored by the central government and the state government agencies. The grants for each academic year are upto 100 millions.
In addition, a seed grant of Rs 500,000 is given to newly recruited faculty member for research. Apart from this, the faculty members are also encouraged to visit foreign universities to facilitate research and teaching interactions. The institute has tie-ups with many industries and it encourages consulting activities through the industry-institute partnership cell.
The Who’s Who of NIT, Surathkal
The present board of management is headed by Dr. Goverdhan Mehta, who is the Chairman and Prof. Sandeep Sancheti who is the Director of the institute. Prof. K.C. Shet is the Dean of Faculty welfare and Prof. G Umesh is the Dean of Research and Development. G. Srinikethan, Dr. Raj Mohan B., Dr M Govindaraj, Dr. S.G. Mayya, Dr. K. K. Appukuttan are some of the eminent faculties of the college.