National Institute of Technology, Srinagar

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National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
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Motto الظلمات إلى النور /तमसो मा ज्योर्तिगमय
Motto in English
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Established 1960
Type Public (Institute of National Importance)
Director Dr. (Prof.) Rajat Gupta
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2200
Postgraduates 300
Location Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India India
34°7′30″N 74°50′23″E / 34.12500°N 74.83972°E / 34.12500; 74.83972Coordinates: 34°7′30″N 74°50′23″E / 34.12500°N 74.83972°E / 34.12500; 74.83972
Campus Urban, near world heritage site Dal Lake
Acronym NITSRI

The National Institute of Technology, Srinagar is a national engineering institute located in Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India and an engineering institute of Northern India,[1] along with other NITs and IITs of India. It is one of the 30 NITs in India, and as such is directly under the control of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is the 7th in the chain of 17 NITs established as a part of the Second Five Year Plan(1956–61) by the Government of India.[2] Refer History of RECs for more information on the Regional Engineering College established during the 2nd five year plan (1956–60). The institute has recognition as an Institute of National Importance under NIT act of Parliament and has produced more than 8000 graduates.[3]


NITSRI was established in 1960 as the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar. It was one of the first eight Regional Engineering Colleges established by Government of India during the first Five Year Plan.[4] The institute shifted to its present campus in 1965. As the Regional Engineering College, the college was affiliated with the University of Kashmir.The Regional Engineering College, Srinagar was upgraded to become the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar in July, 2003.[5] In the same year, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the University Grants Commission, All India Council of Technical Education and the Government of India. On August 15, 2007 it became an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Bill passed by the parliament of India.[6][7] Now NITSRI is an autonomous body that conducts its own academics along with the other NITs and IITs of India, and plays a pivotal role to train and transform its students and faculty into well trained and highly motivated engineers, scientists, technologists who become knowledge makers as well as knowledge users for contributing to nation building with high degree of professional excellence.


The institute is located on the western bank of the world heritage site, Dal Lake near the Hazratbal Shrine in the eastern region of the Srinagar city. It is located in the Kashmir valley which is at the north of the country, surrounded by the scenic Himalayan ranges.[8][9]


The admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of NITSRI is done through the following ways

Undergraduate Course (B.Tech)

Postgraduate course (M.Tech.)


NITSRI is ranked 61 on 2012 and 57 on 2013 by the survey of Outlook India. It is ranked 42 on 2013 and 45 on 2012 by College Khabar. It is also ranked 36 on 2013 and 38 on 2012 among Best Government Engineering College of India by College Khabar. NITSRI was awarded the outstanding engineering institute in the northern region of India, by Dainik Bhaskar on 2013.

University and college Rankings
Engineering – India
Outlook India[10] 61 (2012), 57 (2013)


Bachelor of Technology
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Information Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering (Formerly Metallurgical Engineering)
Master of Technology
Structural Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
Communication and Information Technology
Electrical Power and Energy System
Industrial Tribology and Maintenance Management
Mechanical System Design
Arts and Science

Department of Chemical Engineering[edit]

The Department of Chemical Engineering was started in 1963 with a five year degree programme (BE) in Chemical Engineering. Later on it was converted to four year degree programme and the first batch under this programme passed out in 1985. With the conversion of REC Srinagar to NIT Srinagar in 2003, the B.E. courses were merged into B.Tech. courses. The Department presently offers instructions at undergraduate level leading to 4 year B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering. The Department has produced more than 2000 chemical engineering graduates majority of them have been from different parts of the Country. Few of them were also from foreign countries like, Iran, Libya, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The Department has been maintaining close liaison with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, J&K Science and Technology Department, State Pollution Control Board, Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu and various industries in J&K State.

Department of Civil Engineering[edit]

The department of Civil Engineering is the largest and one of the earliest Engineering departments of NITSRI, established in the year 1960. The department offers instructions at undergraduate level leading to 4-year B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering and at the post graduate level leading to M.Tech degrees in Water Resources Engg. and Structural Engg., and also Ph.D. degrees. The instruction at the undergraduate level aims at providing the students a broad based education with emphasis on theory and practice of Civil Engineering, keeping in view the current and future requirements of the industry. At the post graduate level, students are trained to assume independent responsibilities laying emphasis, again on country’s current and future requirements in the industry, R&D Organisations, design firms and academic institutions. Field visits are arranged for students at all levels to acquaint them with practical knowledge in the various areas of Civil Engineering. The department is equipped to carry out research leading to M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees. The department also takes Consultancy Assignments from industry in the areas of Geo - technical Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Surveying etc.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering[edit]

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering was started in the year 2007, offering four year undergraduate courses, wherein undergraduate students are imparted knowledge in multitude of specialties, including: computer Architecture, Network, Operating System, Data Structure and Algorithm, Theory of Computation, Numerical analysis, Compiler design, Graphics, Artificial intelligence, Database Management System, Data mining, Software Engineering, Human computer interaction, etc. In addition to academic work, the CSE department also has computer science research programmes (for a full listing of specialties visit Research Areas) supported through government and industry funding. Faculty research helps define and expand the current and future use of technology.

Department of Electrical Engineering[edit]

The Department of Electrical Engineering was one of the first departments of NITSRI. It was established in the year 1960 with Dr. Russell. W. Burns as its first Head of the Department. Lying in the heart of the institute, this department has an experienced faculty. There are ten laboratories in the department, including a computer lab & the electrical workshop. The department has a sanctioned intake of 59 students at B.Tech level. The students are admitted on the basis of entrance test conducted at the National level JEE Main. A number of students are absorbed by various organizations & campus placement under Campus Recruitment Program.

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering[edit]

The department was established in 1984,the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering has developed a vast infrastructure and a competent faculty. The faculty specializations include: VLSI design, Communications, image Processing, micro-electronics, machine Vision, data security etc.The Department is an ISTE approved centre for offering computer science courses.The Department offers consultancy and research in many areas. The students are admitted on the basis of entrance test conducted at the national level JEE Main (Formerly AIEEE). The Department is also running a PG course in "Communication & IT",which has an intake of 18 students per year.Future plans of expansion include R&D in Tele - medicine,Development of VLSI Design Center.

Department of Information Technology[edit]

The Department of Information Technology was established in 2007, offering four year undergraduate programme (B.Tech.) in Information Technology. This undergraduate programme is of 4 years duration with the first year spread over two semesters which is common to all the branches. The intake capacity of the department was 40 in 2007 and then subsequently increased to 55 in 2009. The Department offers a broad curriculum including: Database Management, Software Engineering, Management of Information Systems, Data mining, Computer Graphics, Advanced Internet Technology, Computer Networks, Operating System, Data Structures and Algorithms as the main courses and other courses in collaboration with the other departments of the institute at the undergraduate level. In addition to academic courses, the department also has IT research programmes supported through government funding and industry sponsorship. Faculty research helps expand the current and future use of new and existing technologies.

Department of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

The department was established in 1960, the Department of Mechanical engineering has an intake capacity of 77 in B.Tech and 25 in M.Tech (Mechanical System Design). Prof. G. A. Harmain[11] is the present Head of the Department. The students are admitted to B.Tech. on the basis of entrance test conducted at the national level JEE Main. The curriculum includes a diverse range of the subjects. The department has 12 labs to cater to the needs of the students. The Department has established a M.Tech course in "Mechanical System Design" which is running from the last six years. The department is recognized as Royal Mechanical Engineering Department, as it is the oldest department of NITSRI.

Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering[edit]

The department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering (earlier known as the Department of Metallurgical Engineering) was established in the year 1963 and is designated as an oldest department of NITSRI. It conducts a four (04) years under-graduate academic programme leading to the award of B.Tech. Degree in "Metallurgical & Materials Engineering". At present, the sanctioned intake strength of students at B.Tech level is 60 per year. Students are admitted for the undergraduate programme (B.Tech) through the national test AIEEE (Now JEE Main). The "Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Professional Education" starts at the second year (3rd Semester) level of the B.Tech. programme. The engineering programme is based on the credit system and the student evaluation is done on the performance of the student in three written examinations being conducted in each subject/course during the semester at a definite interval of the time period. Based on the performance in the examinations and in the class, the students are awarded grades on absolute basis.The curriculum of B.Tech programme includes compulsory industrial training of 4–6 weeks duration after 5th Semester in the relevant industries/R & D centres in and or outside the states. A two Semester "Project Work" is given to the students to synthesize their knowledge in relevant areas of engineering.The department has adequate laboratory facilities to conduct experiments for the undergraduate students in various courses of the engineering curriculum. The department has qualified faculty and the expertise available includes disciplines VIZ. Foundry Tech., Materials Technology, Corrosion Engineering, Welding Technology, Physical Met., Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metallurgy, Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation etc. Apart from teaching, the department is engaged in a wide range of activities covering research and development, testing and consultancy, curricular and faculty development. The students of this department are well placed in different reputed companies and institutions of India and also in abroad. The innovative work of the faculties and the students of this department includes Indian Institute of Metals - Students Affiliated Chapter, NIT Srinagar, that was founded on 2013. This was the first innovative work done in the field of Metallurgy, in the valley, by the pupils of NITSRI.

Student life[edit]

Facilities of NITSRI includes a Central Library and a Computer Services Center with internet access, as well as the departmental Computer Centers, 24*7 WiFi service at indus hostel and LAN at jhelum hostel only and a shopping unit confines of its beautiful campus, a great plus during inclement winter weather with its snowfalls.

The Institute provides boarding facilities to all the students and the faculty members, on the campus. The students also have the option of staying outside the campus and study as day-scholars. The Institute provides separate hostels for the male and female students with separate mess facilities. There are also guest houses available to meet additional temporary housing needs.

Halls of residence
A hostel corridor, NIT Srinagar
  • Chenab Boys Hostel
  • Indus Boys Hostel
  • Tawi Boys Hostel
  • Jehlum Boys Hostel
  • 8-Block Dal Boys Hostel
  • Girls Hostel

The Institute was planning to build a Mega Hostel of 1000 students capacity but was unable to do so because of ban on constructions near dal lake by J&KLAWDA(J&K Lakes and water development authority).

There is a Common-hall, adjacent to the hostels, which provides facilities for indoor games like table-tennis, carrom etc., along with a fully equipped gymnasium. The Institute has a Maintenance Engineering Centre set up under the Indo-Italian collaboration. The centre caters to the maintenance engineering needs of the Institute and as the region as a whole in respect of research, consultancy and academics.

Training and Placement[edit]

Placement Cell

Training & Placement Department has an unflinching devotion in sprucing up consummate professionalism in the students, besides honing their technical dexterity.It strives for developing the students into adept and cognizant individuals, seeded to be the technical vanguards of the nation and the world at large, sailing through the turpitude of stark economic recession. In the past 50 years this institute has produced excellent engineers striving for the betterment of this country. The institution has maintained quality records and statistics of the students placement in the previous years.Various companies like TCS Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Mecon MECON Limited, HPCL, Alstom, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). have recruited a number of deserving students from this very institute. Moreover its Alumni are placed all over the country and abroad.

Technical Festival[edit]

The annual three day national level science and technology festival of NITSRI is named as Techvaganza, that is held in mid of April every year. There are exhibitions and a display of technology from various parts of India. The festival is organized, financially managed and conducted entirely by the students of the Institute, with sponsorship from reputed companies.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dawood Danesh Jafari, (BE), Minister of Finance & Economic Affairs, Iran
  • S S Bajaj ,chairman, AERB
  • R.K. Wanchoo,Executive Director, BHEL, Hyderabad
  • Umesh Kumar,Vice President and MD, Bartec Middle East FZE,Dubai
  • Sunil Dutt Sharma,General Manager, Flovel Energy Pvt LTD,Faridabad
  • Rajesh Adhikari,Senior Research Analyst, Noise and Vibration,Ford Motor Coy , Dearbon , Michigan , USA
  • Prof. I.K.Bhat, Director, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India

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