National Institute of Technology (NIT) – An Overview

When I was studying Masters in Mangalore, our college team happened to visit National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Suratkal, which was around 25-30 kms from Mangalore. There was one event happening where final year CS students were demonstrating the robots functionary.

At a time when Mangalore University was busy teaching us COBOL language, this display of futuristic technology complete amazed us. After the demo, I went to a student who was on stage, and asked him how did they even imagine such a thing?

“Man, we are late. See the US and Israel students, and then our demonstration of robots will look so elementary!”

The words still linger on, when class 12th students ask me about which college to choose for engineering. If we forget IITs for a while, then NITs are definitely the answer. Yes, the entrance procedures are somewhat tough, but trust me, the fight is worth fighting.

History of NITs

Jawaharlal Nehru, our first PM was a visionary of technology and science. Just after we got our Independence from Britishers, he embarked on his mission to make India self-reliant for all matters concerning innovations and scientific growth. Not only that, NITs were formed to promote regional diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the country.

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During the initial phase, Nehru named them as Regional Engineering Colleges, which were meant to be autonomous institutes, governed by the respective state governments. The plan was to create on REC in every state of India.

Between 1959 and 1965, 14 RECs were opened in Bhopal, Allahabad, Kozhikode, Durgapur, Kurukshetra, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Nagpur, Rourkela, Srinagar, Surathkal, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal. Silchar got one  in 1967 and Hamirpur in 1986, and Jalandhar in 1987.

The Government of India declared RECs as Institute of National Importance.

In 2002, Murli Manhohar Joshi, then HRD Minister converted allm RECs into NITs, thereby making them almost equivalent of IITs.

Entrance Exams

Earlier, the entrance to NITs across the country depended on the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), which was later replaced by Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), which is the current norm.

More Information About NITs

CollegeDunia, which is India’s most recognized search engine for colleges and entrance exams has listed comprehensive information about all regional NITs in India, access to which is free for all.

If you are looking for NIT Suratkal placements or the courses offered at NIT Tiruchirapalli, then CollegeDunia will prove to be the best resource for you. You can checkout images and videos from the college, know about the entrance procedure and have insights from other students.

As of now, World Bank provides financial assistance to the tune of Rs 2500 crore for NITs, along with Rs 10,000 crore assistance provided by the Indian government to promote research and development in NITs.

If science is your favorite subject, and engineering is all you dream, then NITs are the best bet for your future.

This review was originally posted here.

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