National Institute of Technology, Silchar

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National Institute of Technology, Silchar
Motto तेजस्वीनावधीतमस्तू
Motto in English May our education be enlightening
Established 1967
Type Public
Director Dr. N. V. Deshpande
Academic staff 200
Undergraduates 2000 (approx.)
Postgraduates 400 (approx.)
Location Silchar, Assam, India
Campus 625 acres [1]
Acronym NITS
NIT Silchar on Map
NIT Silchar on Map
NIT Silchar
NIT Silchar (Assam)

National Institute Of Technology, Silchar ( NIT Silchar) (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, सिलचर) is one of the 30 National Institute of Technologys of India and was established in 1967 as a Regional Engineering College in Assam. In 2002 it was upgraded to the status of National Institute of Technology and was declared as Institute of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.


The institute is located at 24.75°N, 92.79°E by the Silchar-Hailakandi road, twelve kilometers from Silchar city.


The Regional Engineering College at Silchar was founded in 1967 as a joint venture between the Government of India and the State Government of Assam to cater to the country's need for manpower in technology. RECs were jointly operated by the central government and the state government.

The college was conferred with autonomy in financial and administrative matters[when?]. In 2002, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology, Silchar. In 2007, through NIT Bill, the Indian government declared these colleges as Institute of National Importance at par with the Indian Institutes of Technology.[1]



NIT Silchar offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering, Science and Humanities with 11 departments. The annual intake for the B.Tech. program is more than 500 (573 as of 2013). The College also has a Kendriya Vidyalaya school up to Class VIII functioning from a temporary building in Campus.[2]


Engineering departments

Sl Department[3]
1 Civil Engineering
2 Computer Science and Engineering
3 Electronics and Communication Engineering
4 Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
5 Electrical Engineering
6 Mechanical Engineering

Non-engineering departments

Sl Department[3]
1 Chemistry
2 Humanities and Social Sciences
3 Management Studies
4 Mathematics
5 Physics

Undergraduate programs[edit]

The institute awards B.Tech. degrees in all six disciplines under the engineering departments.[4] Admission to these programs is through the JEE-Main. NITS follows the Reservation Policy declared by the Supreme Court of India, by which 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 15% for Scheduled Castes (SCs), and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes (STs).

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 (DASA).[5]

In the four-year program of B.Tech, the first year instruction is common across all disciplines, in which students are taught the basic courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Professional communication, Basics of Computer Programming, Basic Engineering Drawing, and Basic Mechanical Workshop.

Postgraduate programs[edit]

The institute offers M.Tech. degrees[needs update][4] in-

Sl Department Courses
1 Civil Engineering
  1. Water Resource Engineering
  2. Earthquake Engineering
  3. Transportation Engineering
  4. Geo-Technology
  5. Structural Engineering
2 Mechanical Engineering
  1. Thermal Engineering
  2. Design & Manufacturing
  3. Materials and Manufacturing
  4. CAD/CAM
3 Electrical Engineering
  1. Power System Engineering
  2. control and industrial automation
4 Electronics & Communication Engineering
  1. VLSI
5 Chemistry
  1. M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry

. The Institute has also started MBA program from 2012.

Central Library[edit]


The Central Library, established in 1977, has around 85,000 documents as of 31 March 2012.[6]


Central Library, NIT Silchar has the following resources:[7]

Sl Name Collection
1 Books 81274
2 Print Journals 131
3 Bound Volumes 4771
4 CD-ROMs 3287
5 Databases 20
6 Videos 909
7 ISI Code (Printed) 8627
8 Reports 3
9 Book Bank (General) 8836
10 Book Bank (SC/ST) 7810
11 IRC Codes 152
12 Thesis 18
13 Project Reports 67
14 Annual Reports 193


The library has been fully computerized and automated with Libsys[8] software and has implemented RFID and DVR technology for security purpose under TEQIP grant, becoming the first library in the northeast region to implement RFID and DVR technology.[9]

The institute has completed six projects, including E-learning projects Virtual Classroom and Digital Library, sponsored by MHRD, India under MODROB [10] scheme, which enabled the library to digitalize old and rare books, manuscripts and documents.


Hostel and guest houses[edit]


NIT Silchar is a fully residential campus. There are eight hostels for boys and two hostels for girls, each equipped with LAN with high-speed Internet access. All hostels are under the care of a warden and Board of Hostel Management (BHM).[11] Messes are run privately or by students themselves.

Most of the teachers and the staff members reside in the residential quarters provided by the institute. The Institute has two guest houses for catering to the need of visitors.

Students are allotted different hostels every year. The following is the list of all hostels:

Boys' Hostels Name
Hostel 1 Genesis
Hostel 2 Second Harmonic
Hostel 3 Ecstasy
Hostel 4 Fourth Frolic
Hostel 5 Penta Zeppelin
Hostel 6 Rollicksome
Hostel 7 L'Arc en Ciel
Hostel 8 Octoregia
Girls' Hostel Name
Hostel 1 Dei Gratia
Hostel 2 Rêve Maison

The institute also provides three PG Hostels

  1. APJ Abdul Kalam Hostel
  2. CV Raman Hostel
  3. Bhupen Hazarika Hostel

Boys' Hostel Octoregia is only available for first year students, with WiFi access besides LAN. Hostel 9 and 10 for boys' and a hostel for PhD scholars are under construction. Also, each hostel has a canteen attached with it.

Bank and shopping complex[edit]

The institute has a State Bank of India branch inside the campus.[12][13] There are two ATM's of SBI and PNB within the campus. The institute also has a co-operative market complex in the center of the campus catering to the daily needs of students.

Postal service[edit]

The institute has a sub Post Office in the campus maintained by Indian Post facilitating SpeedPost and Money Order.

Health care[edit]

Lake Front of Infirmary

The institute provides an ambulance and a dispensary/infirmary providing treatment to all students.[14] The medical staff consists of 1 Senior Medical Officer, 1 Lady Medical Officer, 1 Pharmacist, 1 Nurse-cum-midwife and 3 Medical attendants.[15] Silchar Medical College (SMC)[16] is only a few kilometers away from the institute.

Culture and student life[edit]


On-campus Societies:[17]

  • Research Promotion Cell (RPC) [18]
  • Civil Engineering Society (CES)
  • Computer Science Society (CSS)
  • Electrical Engineering Society (Electra)
  • Mechanical Engineering Society (MES)
  • Electronics and Communication Society (ECS)
  • Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering Society (INSEES)
  • ISTE Student Chapter
  • IEEE Student Chapter
  • SAE India Students' Chapter (SAE)
  • Literary and Debating Club
  • Photography Club
  • Solar Energy Society of India Students' Chapter (SESI)
  • Boating Club
  • Robotics Club

Student union body[edit]

The institute has an elected student body, Gymkhana taking the responsibility of student welfare and extracurricular activities. The members are selected for various posts and work with Dean of Students Welfare for overall development of students.[19]

Some of the activities of Gymkhana include, the technical festival Tecnoesis and cultural festival Incandescence, which includes rock-music event Thundermarch.[20] It is also responsible for publishing the college magazine IGNITS and organizes regular quizzes, debates, freshers social and sports events.


Provisions have been made for extracurricular activities and games and sports on the hostels premises, in other locations and in the student activity center, which includes a Stadium.[21] Hostels are equipped with the indoor games facilities such as Carom and Table Tennis. The Student Activity Center (SAC Building) is used as the indoor stadium. A fenced playing ground is used for outdoor games and tracking events. Besides these, students, faculty and staff have facilities for lawn tennis, basketball, football and volleyball. Inter-hostel Carom, Chess, Cricket, Tennis, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Football and Badminton tournaments are conducted every year. The gymnasium center houses fitness and gym equipment.[22]


Students are admitted for the undergraduate courses through the JEE-Main conducted by CBSE, New Delhi. Admission to the M.Tech and PhD courses are primarily based on scores in the GATE exam, conducted by the IITs. Faculty from other institutes work as research scholars under Quality Improvement Program (QIP).[23]


Under the constitution of the National Institutes of Technology Act 2007, the President of India is the Visitor to the institute. The authorities of the institute are Board of Governors and the Senate. The Board is headed by the Chairman, who is appointed by the Visitor. The Director, who is the secretary of the Board, looks after the day-to-day running of the institute. The Board of Governors has nominees of the Central Government, the State Government, the NIT Council and the Institute Senate.[24][25]


  1. The institute has a 10 MW solar power plant, the second such institute to have its own power plant after NIT Pune.[26]
  2. The 11th Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, (C-DAC) of India was established in NIT Silchar Campus (Inaugurated on 21-Feb-2014).
  3. The Central Library has achieved several honorable achievements [27]
  4. First institute in North-East India to enforce library security by RFID and DVR
  5. The project on 'Solar Powered Wheelchair' (patent pending: 832/KOL/2013), completed by the students of NIT Silchar, Rohit Thakwani (Mechanical Engineering'2013), Rajarshi Choudhury (Electrical Engineering'2014) and Shubham Jain (Electronics and Communication Enginnering'2014) has won the 'European Renewable Energy Research Centres Award 2013' and the 'Indian National Academy of Engineering Award 2013' [28] [29]
  6. NIT Silchar is the first NIT to own a boating club, and second to IIT Roorkee among notable Engineering colleges[citation needed]



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Coordinates: 24°45′27″N 92°47′07″E / 24.757432°N 92.78537°E / 24.757432; 92.78537