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|Purpose||Uniting the NITs|
ConnectNIT is a National Level Collegiate Club with its headquarters at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy. It was created in the year 2005 by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) with the aim of providing a common platform to all the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information. It has played a major role in improving information exchange uniting geographically separated NITs across the nation.
Events and activities
ConnectNIT annually hosts an Inter-NIT quiz ‘ZeNITh’ that induces participation and competition from many of the NITs. ConnectNIT is also the organiser of NIT Talks, a project wherein alumni share the tale of their journey to success.
CaptureNIT was introduced as a photography competition in 2015 to gather the budding talent of photographers all over the NITs. This event succeeded on many levels when entries from NITs all over the country. The top 3 winners were from NIT-Raipur, NIT-Trichy and NIT_Delhi respectively.
ZeNITh 2015 was a tremendous success with competitors from NIT Pondicherry, NIT Warangal, NIT Surathkal and NIT- Trichy. It was a well-contested event with questions from topics as varied as sports, politics and current affairs. The prelims held in each of the participating NITs all received a very active response.
The finals were held in NIT-Trichy on 24 March 2015.
With ‘The Battle of Intellects’ as the theme, ZeNITh, started in 2011, offer the battleground in which superior minds test their mettle. It is a two-round contest with preliminary rounds held in the respective NITs and the Grand Finale is conducted in NIT Trichy.
ZeNITh has been funded by various organisations in its editions. Some of these include:
- Byju's Classes
- Blue Dart
- DHL Courier
- Interview Street
- Vista Mind
It is a project initiated by the ConnectNIT core team, under which eminent alumni of all NITs are interviewed about their experiences and successes. These lectures help provide a glimpse into the amount of dedication and hard work that led to their present positions. The initial phase of NIT Talks covers alumni from NIT-Trichy, NIT-Warangal, and NIT-Calicut.
National Institutes of Technology
National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are colleges of engineering and technical education in India. They were originally called Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs). In 2002, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development decided to upgrade all 17 Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs), renaming them National Institutes of Technology (NITs), on the lines of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). These institutes are rated just next to the IITs in terms of student quality, research and placements. The Cabinet, at a meeting presided over by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, approved the proposal to introduce the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) Bill (2007) in Parliament to bring 19 such institutions within the ambit of the act.
The locations of the NITs are deliberately scattered throughout the country with the government norm of an NIT in every major state of India for regional development. The individual NITs after the introduction of the NIT Act will function as an autonomous technical universities and hence draft their own curriculum and functioning policies. The mode of instruction in all NITs is English. This provides a single communication mode to students coming from diverse cultures and from all parts of country.
An image of Zenith 2013.