National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
The National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, (abbreviated NITT or NIT Trichy) is a public engineering institution near the city of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. Founded in 1964, it is one of the oldest institutions of the National Institutes of Technology system. The institute is located in a campus of 800 acres (3.24 km²).
|Regional Engineering College Tiruchirapalli (1964-2003)|
Motto in English
|Truth Alone Triumphs|
|Type||Public engineering school|
|Dean||C. Nagamani (Academics)|
|Director||Mini Shaji Thomas|
|Location||Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
|Campus||800 acres (3.2 km2)|
It is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007. NIT Trichy has a comprehensive graduate program offering doctoral degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Currently, the institute has 16 academic departments, three centers and one school. NIT Trichy admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and postgraduate students through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, Common Admission Test and Common Entrance Test for Masters in Computer Applications.
Over the last 54 years, around 30,000 engineers and scientists have graduated from the institute. Educational programmes here extend beyond the physical sciences and engineering into humanities and social sciences such as English and into management studies. The institute has academic and research collaborations with universities and research centers in India and abroad including the United States and United Kingdom and is undergoing accelerated growth through the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP).
The Regional Engineering College at Tiruchirappalli was founded in 1964 under the affiliation of University of Madras, as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu to cater to the country's need for manpower in technology. The founding principal was Prof. P.S. Manisundaram, a pioneering educationist in India. He was a graduate of Loyola College, Chennai and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now known as Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University), Canada; he pioneered the formation of Computer Science as a separate educational stream on the Indian scene. He served as the Principal of REC Tiruchirappalli from its formation in 1964 to 1982.
In the early 1980s, the State Government began to find the logistics of controlling these colleges from Madras to be tedious and split the aegis into the Bharathidasan and Bharathiyar universities for the Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore areas, respectively. In 1982, the college was thus incorporated under the Bharathidasan University umbrella, of which Dr. P.S. Manisundaram served as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor. The Institute would grant degrees under this name for the next 20 years, except for a brief stint under Anna University in 2001 and 2002. The college continued its progress under Bharathidasan University and introduced a Computer Science Department around 1984, split off the Mechanical Engineering Department’s manufacturing stream into a Production Engineering Department and introduced the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department in 1992.
In 2001, Anna University was granted authority over REC Trichy. This was temporary, however, as the 40-year collaboration between the Center and the State Governments for all the RECs finally dissolved ; the Center upgraded all the RECs to National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and completely took control of them under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. In 2002, former Minister of Human Resource Development Murali Manoher Joshi decided to upgrade the RECs to NITs with the goal of modeling each institute based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but with roots in Indian culture. In 2003, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the University Grants Commission / All India Council for Technical Education; it was renamed the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli and was finally granting degrees under its own name. In 2007, the National Institutes of Technology Act was passed, giving the NITs equal footing to the IITs in terms of pay scales, funding, etc.
|“||We pin our hopes on NITs and other technical institutions to nurture world-class, professionally-competent engineers who will not only take India to new heights in technology but also improve the quality of life of our countrymen.||”|
|— Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India speaking at the golden jubilee of NIT Trichy|
The institute receives around 200 crores (US $31 million) every year from the Government of India which is usually spent for research, improving the infrastructural facilities in the campus and to bring international standards. As part of the golden jubilee plans, a brand new lecture hall complex, sports arena, convention center, computer center, dining messes and several hostels were built in the campus. NIT Trichy celebrated its Golden Jubilee anniversary on July 19 and 20, 2014, with the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee presiding over the event as the chief guest.
On 12 August 2017, During the institute's 13th convocation, Shri N. Chandrasekaran Chairman of Tata Sons who is the alumnus of the institute having completed his master of computer applications from the institute in 1986, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa).
The President of India is the ex officio visitor of all the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The National Institutes of Technology Council (NIT Council) works directly under him and it includes the minister-in-charge of technical education in Central Government, the Chairmen and the Directors of all the NITs, the Chairman of University Grants Commission (India), the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Directors of other selected central institutions of repute, members of Parliament, Joint Council Secretary of Ministry of Human Resource Development, nominees of the Central Government, All India Council for Technical Education and the Visitor.
Below the NIT Council is each NIT's Board of Governors. The Board of Governors of each NIT consists of the chairman and ten members, which include government, industry, alumni and faculty representation.
The Director serves under the Board of Governors, and is the school's chief academic and executive officer. Academic policies are decided by its Senate, which is composed of some professors and other representatives. The Senate controls and approves the curriculum, courses, examinations, and results. Senate committees examine specific academic matters. The teaching, training, and research activities of various departments of the institute are periodically reviewed to maintain educational standards. The Director is the ex officio Chairman of the Senate. The Deputy Director is subordinate to the Director. Together they manage the Deans, Heads of Departments, Registrar, President of the Students' Council, and Chairman of the Hall Management Committee. Deans and Heads of Departments in NITs are administrative postings rather than career paths. Faculty members serve as Deans and Heads of Departments for limited periods, typically 2 to 3 years, then returning to regular faculty duties. The Registrar is the chief administrative officer and overviews day-to-day operations. Below the Head of Department, are the various faculty members (professors, assistant professors, and lecturers). The Warden serves under the Chairman of the Hall Management Committee.
NIT Trichy offers undergraduate and graduate programs in disciplines spanning engineering, science, architecture and management. The institute has 16 departments with about 250 faculty members and more than 3,400 enrolled students. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in NIT Trichy are granted through written entrance examinations.
Admission to the undergraduate programmes is highly competitive and is based on the rank secured in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main). Candidates must also secure at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes students, the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. The Joint entrance exam (Main) is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in the world and the high school science students who clears the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) with top ranks generally opt NIT Trichy as their first choice for admissions in undergraduate programmes. NIT Trichy follows the reservation policy declared by the Supreme Court of India, by which 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes, 15% for Scheduled Castes, and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes. The institute also accepts foreign nationals through scholarships awarded by the Government of India, and non-resident Indians through an independent scheme known as Direct Admission for Students Abroad that uses SAT scores.
Admissions to the postgraduate programmes are through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for the Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Master of Science programs (taught and research), and through NIMCET for the Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A) program. Admissions for Master of Business Administration (MBA) program are through the Common Admission Test. Admissions to the Doctorate of Philosophy programmes are based on the written tests followed by personal interviews conducted by the institute.
The institute awards Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degrees in nine engineering disciplines as well as the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree through its architecture program. As of 2018, the annual intake for the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) programmes was 810, with a student-faculty ratio of 25:1.
The B.Tech. program is a four-year program while the B.Arch. program is five years long. As in other NITs, the institute follows a credit system for evaluating academic performance. The grade point average (GPA) is on a scale of 0 to 10. Courses are allotted number of credits according to their importance. Each academic year is divided into two semesters and teaching programmes are organized around the credit system. Teaching includes lectures, tutorials, practicals, projects, seminars, dissertations, and field and industrial training. The first year of the B.Tech. program is common across all disciplines, during which students take basic courses in engineering, mathematics and professional communication. From the second year onwards, the students take courses offered by their departments that are known as depth courses. At the end of the third year, the B.Tech students undertake industrial training for a minimum period of eight working weeks as part of the undergraduate curriculum. In the final year of their studies, most of the students are offered jobs in industries and other organisations through the Training and Placement section of the institute. Some students opt out of this facility in favour of higher studies or by applying to recruiting organisations directly.
Postgraduate and doctoral educationEdit
The institute offers graduate programs in 23 disciplines, including 21 programs in science and engineering, leading to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree respectively, as well as a program in computer applications (MCA) and management (MBA). Some of the students are admitted in the M.Tech and M.S (by research) courses through the sponsorship of the companies like Larsen and Toubro, Bharat Heavy Electricals limited, and Ashok Leyland.
The Department of Computer Applications offers two full-time post-graduate programmes — three-year Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme and two-year Master of Science (Operations Research & Computer Applications) programme.
All of the institute's academic departments offer Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degrees programmes. Admission to the PhD degree programs is either through industry sponsorship or through an entrance exam conducted by the institute. The doctoral research scholars are given a topic by the professor, or work on the consultancy projects sponsored by industry. The duration of the programme is usually unspecified and depends on the discipline. PhD scholars submit a dissertation as well as conduct an oral defence of their thesis. Teaching assistantships (TA) and research assistantships (RA) are provided based on the scholar's profile. After the completion of doctoral studies, the candidates are placed in reputed public or private companies and universities. Also many of the students after finishing their doctoral studies, do post doctoral fellowships at research labs and universities in India and abroad.
Research in the institute is sponsored by major government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Coal India Limited (CIL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) ; in 2015–16, research grants from these agencies exceeded seventeen crore Indian rupees (US $2.5 million).
The institute has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with industries and institutions in and abroad to promote collaborative research and consultancies. MoU signed with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), the neighbouring industrial campus provides an opportunity for the young researchers to use the infrastructure in BHEL. BHEL offers scholarships for such research scholars pursuing PhD and MS. Another MOU has been signed with National Institute of Materials Science Japan for the collaborative research in the area of nanotechnology. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Neyvelli Lignite Corporation (NLC) had assigned numerous research projects to the professors of this institute. MOUs with IBM and HP, leading software industries have been executed. HP has offered a Chair position to monitor the ongoing HP projects undertaken by the students.
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|QS (BRICS) (2018)||161-170|
|QS (Asia) (2018)||228|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2018)||31|
|Engineering – India|
|The Week (2017)||13|
The QS World University Rankings ranked NIT Trichy 228 in Asia and 161-170 among BRICS nations in the 2018 ranking. NIT Trichy was ranked 11 among engineering institutes in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018 and 31 overall. It was ranked 13 among engineering colleges in India in 2017 by The Week.
- "University of the year" award by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in the year 2017.
- "Best Industry linked National Institute of Technology in India" by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the year 2015.
- Bloomberg UTV award in the category of "Outstanding B-school in South India" - 2012.
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Civil Engineering
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
- Department of Production Engineering
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Physics
- Department of Mathematics
Other major departments
- Department of Architecture
- Department of Computer Applications
- Department of Management Studies
- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Department of Physical Education
Centers of ExcellenceEdit
- Center of Excellence in Corrosion and Surface Engineering (CECASE)
- Center for Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (CEESAT)
- Center of Excellence in Transportation Engineering (CETransE)
The NIT Trichy campus is situated near Thuvakudi, on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli. The campus spans 800 acres (3.2 km2) and is one of the largest academic campuses in India. The main entrance is located on the southern end of the campus, facing National Highway 67. There is one other entrance, popularly called the Staff Gate. The administrative building (popularly referred to as the admin-block) with its iconic clock tower is one of the institute's landmarks. This building houses the administrative offices and also the offices of the director and deans. The eastern and western wings of this building are occupied by the physics and chemistry departments respectively. The campus has separate buildings for the departments of nine engineering, architecture, management, computer applications, energy and environment engineering. There are 2 lecture hall complexes, 3 computer centers and 26 hostel buildings in the campus. A decommissioned MIG 23 jet, presented to the institute by the Indian Air Force, is installed beside the architecture department building.
The institute's academic facilities are located in the southern half of the campus; these include the department buildings, laboratories and workshops, lecture halls, computer centres and the central library. Each department has its own library, in addition to the central library, which holds more than one lakh (100,000) resources including books, periodicals and journals in print and electronic format. A new lecture hall complex named as "Orion" was inaugurated in the year 2014 as a part of the institute's golden jubilee campus development plans, and it currently serves for the undergraduate students. The Orion consists of 24 large classrooms. Each classroom can accommodate 150 students and consists of projectors and televisions to make the lectures interactive. The old lecture hall complex which has 40 classrooms is currently used for the academic classes and lectures for postgraduate and doctoral students.
NIT Trichy has a modern central library with more than two and half lakhs of documents consisting of Technical books, reports, standards, CDs and back volumes of journals. The library subscribes to more than 150 periodicals (print), more than 5000 e-Journals and more than 600 e-books besides a holding of 17690 back volumes of journals. The library also contains 16,7500 books in the Book Bank scheme. The institute is holding membership with British Council Library, Chennai. They are also holding membership with Developing Library Network, New Delhi and providing Inter Library Loan services to the users. The library also provides air-conditioned and Wi-Fi enabled reading halls. It is situated opposite to the civil engineering department building. It is considered as the largest library in any NIT campus in India. The building also houses the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Incubation (CEDI). The old library building temporarily houses the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli.
The Octagon is the institute's primary computer centre, with eight computer labs, printing facilities and a variety of engineering software for use by students. The Octagon also serves as a central hub for interconnecting the campus-wide LAN. This LAN caters to totally 6000 users across the campus (1600 users at the same time using Wired connection and the remaining users through Wireless) and has a 10 Gbit/s fiber optic backbone.The original facility, opened in 1990, was extended into a second building in 2006; there are plans to further expand the facility in view of the increase in student enrollment. A brand new computer center was inaugurated in the year 2016 which houses more than 300 computers.
Residential facilities are provided on campus for students, faculty and staff of the institute. Most students live on campus in the residential hostels. In all, there are 22 boys' and 5 girls' hostels with a capacity of 4660 students. With the exception of the girls' hostel, all the others are located in the northern side of the campus. Meals are served by two mega messes and two government messes along with a pure vegetarian mess located on campus. There are several cafeterias on campus where food is available for purchase. Other amenities on campus include a guest house, a modern hospital, an Apollo pharmacy, an India Post office, State Bank of India and its two ATMs, one Canara Bank ATM, Cafe Coffee day restaurant, Naturals parlor and two supermarkets.
The institute has a student activity centre (SAC) and is the hub for most of the major extra-curricular activities. The SAC building was inaugurated in the year 2012. The dance, music and the National Cadet Corps groups carry out all their activities at the SAC. It also houses the Café Coffee Day restaurant.
Café Coffee Day restaurant
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and IncubationEdit
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Incubation (CEDI) is a Section 25 company registered under section 25 of companies Act 1956, located on the third floor of the Central Library, NIT, Trichy. CEDI will facilitate the incubatee companies to access NIT Trichy’s common Infrastructure facilities, departmental laboratories and other resources of NIT Trichy for their products development purposes. All the necessary mentoring and support for mobilizing funds, creating access to markets, augmenting managerial skills etc., will be provided by the CEDI centre.
CEDI has implemented a project - Technological Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE) funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India aims to enable young entrepreneurs to initiate technology start-up companies for commercial exploitation of technologies developed by them in the areas of information and communication technology and electronics. CEDI has implemented faculty and entrepreneurship development programmes for faculty, students and potential and existing entrepreneurs in the Tiruchirappalli region. These programmes are sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology through the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. CEDI has also implemented a project on business and management capacity development of rural women entrepreneurs of India and Sri Lanka by The Asia Foundation. University of Jaffna and South Eastern University of Sri Lanka are the Sri Lankan partners. Women Entrepreneurs' Association of Tamil Nadu (WEAT) is the network partner.
The institute has academic collaboration with the many universities in India and abroad. The collaborative programmes include student and faculty exchange, internship for students and joint research activities. Some of the major universities which have a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute are:
- Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
- Binghamton University, United States
- Institut Mines-Télécom, France
- Konkuk University, South Korea
- Loughborough University, United Kingdom
- Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom
- SIGMA Clermont, France
- University of Leicester, United Kingdom
- University of Michigan, United States
- The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Most of the institute's athletic facilities are located in and around the sports centre. The centre includes indoor badminton courts and a fitness centre for men. The Opal hostel, which is the girl's hostel also includes a gym. Adjoining this building are a 25-metre (82 ft) swimming pool and an outdoor stadium with a 400-metre (1,300 ft) track, which is also used as a cricket field. Other facilities on campus include basketball courts and indoor table tennis tables in the residential hostels. A new indoor sports arena with international standards near to the basketball court was inaugurated in 2014.
Clubs and societiesEdit
NIT Trichy has over 35 student groups spanning a variety of interests, including cultural, social and professional groups, student publications and recreational groups. Undergraduate students participate in one of three national programmes in their first year: the National Cadet Corps, the National Sports Organisation or the National Service Scheme.
The college is a host to many academic societies both national and international. These societies organize several workshops, seminars and guest lectures by eminent personalities in their respective fields, from time to time. They are also responsible for providing opportunities to students take part in various international events too. The academic society includes IEEE, ACM, ISA and SAE.
The two very popular computing groups are the Delta Force and Spider. The Delta Force is an active group of developers and programmers who are responsible for the maintenance of the institute website and the development, administration and updation of most of the content on the institute intranet. The Spider group offers various services such as organizing various courses (c language,web designing etc.), blog hosting, providing short message services and now even the facility to check train reservation status.
The science groups include Robotics and Machine Intelligence (robotics club),The Third Dimension Aero-Modelling (mechanical and aero-modelling club), Builder's Hive (Civil Engineering Club), Nakshatra (astronomy club), Phyxion (physics education club), Maximus (mathematics education club) and Pure Science Initiative (pure science education and research club).These groups also organize competition events and workshops.
The fine arts groups include the Dance Troupe (dance club), Music Troupe (music club), Thespians' Society (drama club) and Amruthavarshini (carnatic music club). These groups have won various awards in different national level inter college competitions such as in IITs, IIMs, NITs and other top institutes in India.
Institute's four official annual events, Festember, Nittfest, Pragyan and Sports Fete are organised by the students themselves. These are also the largest and most-awaited events every year. Festember and Pragyan are considered to be one of the largest cultural and technical respectively college events in India. These events also receive sponsors from various large companies in India.
Festember is the annual national-level cultural festival of the institute. Held every year since 1975 during the month of September, this event encompasses music, dance and literary competitions, with thousands of participants from colleges all over the country vying for the trophy. The event has seen performances by Indian musicians including Karthik, Srinivas, Naresh Iyer, Kadri Gopalnath, Sivamani and Benny Dayal as well as bands like Indian Ocean, Euphoria and Silk Route. 'ProNites' or 'ProShows', Festember's most anticipated events, usually form the grand finale after the valediction ceremony. Also on the agenda are the various literary competitions split up between English, Hindi and Tamil, along with the cultural and arts events. Festember derives its name from the phrase, "A Fest to Remember" and not from "A Fest in September" as is popularly believed due to its falling in the month of September every year.
Pragyan, the ISO 9001 & 20121 certified annual international techno-management organization of the NIT Trichy, ever since its inception in 2005, has served as a golden platform that attracts brilliant and innovative minds every year from nearly 100 colleges across the country to come and showcase their technical and managerial prowess. Since then it has broadened its horizon and forayed into the international arena by bagging the credit of being the first student run organization in the world to get an ISO 20121:2012 certification for Sustainable Event Management and also by organizing online programming contests that attracts participation from 60 countries. It has more than 47 events spanning across eight genres. The guest lecture series, every year, sees eminent and famous intellectuals from all walks of life ranging from Marshall Strabala (studio architect of “Burj Khalifa”) to Tessy Thomas (Project Director of Agni-IV missile) to Jeff Lieberman (host of the show Time Warp on Discovery Channel) to Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia).
Nittfest is the annual inter-departmental cultural competition of the institute. It is usually conducted in March or generally after Pragyan. During Nittfest, departments square off against each other over four days to battle over various events like quizzes, debates, music, dance, drama and etc.
Sports Fete is the annual inter-departmental sports competition of the institute. It is usually conducted in February. The competition is among the departments competing in various indoor and outdoor sports. Events like athletics, football, cricket and hockey have more points to score. The department with the highest total points wins the Sports Fete trophy. The Mechanical Engineering Department has won the most titles, beating the Computer Science Department by a marginal difference.
Every academic department of NIT Trichy conduct a symposium every year which is a kind of technical festival. Spread over two days, the symposiums usually include paper presentations, guest lectures, workshops and various other events pertaining to the central theme each department has decided on for the year.
The symposiums conducted by the various academic departments are Alchemy (chemical engineering), Archcult (architecture), Bizzdom (management studies), Currents (electrical and electronics engineering), Horizon (Chemistry), Inphynitt (Physics), Mettle (metallurgical and materials engineering), Moments (civil engineering), Probe (electronics and communication engineering), Prodigy (production engineering), Sensors (instrumentation and control engineering), Synergy (mechanical engineering), Version (computer applications), Vortex (computer science and engineering).
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National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli alumni include Chief Executive Officers and top executives of Fortune India 500 and Forbes Global 2000 companies such as Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons; Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services; T. V. Narendran, Global CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel; K. R. Sridhar, CEO and founder of Bloom Energy and R. Ravimohan, former Executive Director of Reliance Industries.
In the academic world, they include deans and chairs of faculties such as Nagi Naganathan, Dean of Engineering, University of Toledo; Guruswami Ravichandran Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Caltech and former Director of Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory; Ramesh R. Rao, Director of California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego; Rajkumar Chellaraj, CFO and Associate Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Venkat Selvamanickam, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, Director of Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston.
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