National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

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National Institute of Technology Rourkela
ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରଯୁକ୍ତି ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାନ ରାଉରକେଲା
राष्‍ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान राउरकेला
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela logo.gif
Official Seal of NITR
Type Public
Established 1961
Director Prof. Animesh Biswas
Students 6,000
Location Rourkela, Odisha, India
22°14′57″N 82°54′58″E / 22.24917°N 82.91611°E / 22.24917; 82.91611Coordinates: 22°14′57″N 82°54′58″E / 22.24917°N 82.91611°E / 22.24917; 82.91611
Campus Modern (around 1200 acres)

National Institute of Technology Rourkela formerly Regional Engineering College Rourkela (REC Rourkela), is a publicly funded premier institute of higher learning for engineering, science and technology located in the steel city of Rourkela, Odisha, India. It is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India and has been recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007. According to the Times Higher Education(THE) ranking of the World's best Universities 2017, it is ranked in top 800 institutes of world, it is only NIT to feature in the list.[1]


NIT Rourkela was established as Regional Engineering College (REC) Rourkela on 15 August 1961. Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik has provided the land for the same which is Approximate 1200 Acre. its foundation stone was laid by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was granted autonomy in 2002 and now functioning Independent under the Ministry of Human Resource Development [2] thus becoming one of the National Institutes of Technology. During the Captainship of the Founding Director Prof. Sunil Kumar Sarangi, the institute was transformed to its current status, and now NIT Rourkela is well known for its research related activities now a days in various field of Science.


NIT Rourkela is a deemed university, and is governed by its Board of Governors,[3] which is responsible for the overall superintendence, direction and control of its affairs. The Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of the institute. He heads the Senate, which frames the curriculum and conducts the examinations. The Senate also appoints advisory or expert committees to make recommendations to the Board of Governors on academic matters related to various departments. The Director is supported in various activities by the Deans[4] i.e. the Dean for Academics, the Dean for Student Welfare, the Dean for Planning and Development and the Dean for SRICCE (Sponsored Research, Industrial Consultancy and Continuing Education). The Registrar is in charge of all office matters, and has four Assistant Registrars.

The Institute's Main Building


The Rourkela Steel City is a medium-sized metropolis, located in the Howrah-Mumbai and Ranchi-Bhubaneswar main railway routes, and also well connected to all parts of the country by road and rail. The population of the city is about 7 lakhs. The institute is at a distance of about 7 km from the railway station. The campus of the institute consisting of the institute buildings, halls of residence and staff colony is situated at the eastern end of Rourkela, beyond Sector-1, on land provided by the Government of Odisha. The institute is bordered by small mountains on the south which are sometimes used as a picnic spot by group of students.[5]

The closest domestic airport to Rourkela is Ranchi at a distance of 172 kilometers. Rourkela also has a private airport maintained by SAIL which is used only for official purposes.


Institute Guest House (South Block)

The campus of the institute is situated at the eastern end of Rourkela steel city, beyond Sector-1, on land provided by the Government of Odisha. The courses are mostly residential on a full-time basis.

The institute area is at the centre of the campus and surrounded by the residential areas. The main building of the Institute is central to the institute area and is surrounded by the departmental buildings. It houses all the classrooms, the Central library, and the Administrative and Academic sections. It also houses departments like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Humanities. All the departments, the lecture gallery, the workshops, the institute canteen and the audio-visual hall surround the main building.

The lecture area and the department of biotechnology and medical engineering are situated behind the department of chemical engineering. The new Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering has come up behind the Department of Computer Science. The buildings of Department of Chemical Engineering,Mining Engineering and Ceramic Engineering have got an extension part.

NOTE: Since rapid infrastructure development is in progress, the section may get outdated quite frequently. Residential accommodation is provided to all faculty, staff and students. There are ten halls of residence for the students within the campus: seven for male graduates and postgraduates, two for female students and one for married students pursuing doctorate degrees and beyond or full-time research.

Sports facilities[edit]

The residential campus is equipped with a stadium which has been host to several national level university tournaments and is named after Dilip Tirkey, the former Indian hockey captain who hails from this part of Odisha. There are multiple courts near the hostels for playing lawn tennis, basketball and volleyball. A swimming pool and a stadium dedicated entirely for cricket have been constructed. The cost of the aquatic centre has been estimated to be 6.5 crores. The cricket ground is well equipped with floodlights and a players' dressing room. The campus has all the amenities for developing personal, social and academic skills of the student community. The institute has been alma-mater to some prominent hockey, cricket, basketball, table tennis, football and athletics talents who have taken part in various state and national level games. Indoor gaming facility like table tennis, cricket, badminton, carom are all served in the respective hostels. Each hostel also has two badminton courts.

The institute has two common gymnasiums, one in the Dilip Tirkey Stadium and the other beside the swimming pool area, in addition to the separate gyms in some of the hostels.

Students' Activity Centre[edit]

Bhubaneshwar Behera Auditorium
Student's Activity Centre

The Student Activity Centre (SAC) within the central academic area is the hub of all extra-academic pursuits and is the main organizing office for all student symposiums, annual events and is served by the approximately 400 seater Bhubaneswar Behera Audio Visual Auditorium and an approximately 1000-seat open air theater. Annually, SAC elections are held at the end of even semester through online voting.

Health care[edit]

The institute is served by an on-campus dispensary (Health Centre) and the fully equipped Community Welfare Service (CWS) Hospital for medical treatments. All residential and non-residential students are insured for all medical expenses by the institute.

The student co-operative store facilitates purchase of books and stationery at reduced prices. The on campus postal service is the state-owned India Post. The official on-campus banker to students and the institute is the state-run State Bank of India (REC Campus).

Institute library[edit]

The Biju Pattanaik Central Library, functional from 1965, has been named after Biju Pattanaik, the former chief minister of Odisha. At present, the library holds about 65,000 books and 18,000 back volumes of periodicals. It has purchased a license to access over 2000 online research journals on science and technology to foster local research activity. The BPCL is automated with integrated library software package called Libsys – LSmart and modernized with latest radio frequency identification (RFID)-based automation system that facilitates self check-in, self check-out and an automatic security system. This technology offers the fastest, the easiest, and the most efficient way to track, locate and manage library materials. The RFID system counts more than 1.2 lakhs of transactions (issue, return and renewal) in a year.[6]


University rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF[7][8] 19
Business – India

NIT Rourkela has been ranked as the 21st best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015.[9] The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American thinktank.[10] According to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the institute is ranked 19 in the 2016 engineering university rankings.[11]

Academics and departments[edit]

Biotechnology and Medical Engineering Department
Chemical engineering department at NITR

The institute has the following twenty departments which offer B. Tech, B. Tech-M. Tech Dual, M. Tech, M.Sc, Integrated M.Sc, MBA and PhD degree:[12]

  • Department of Architecture and Planning
  • Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering
  • Department of Ceramic Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Industrial Design
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Department of Food Processing
  • Department of Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Life Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • Department of Mining Engineering
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of School of Management

Dual degree courses on various disciplines have been introduced recently. The institute also provides opportunity for part-time graduate studies in selected fields in addition to doctoral research in various subjects.

In addition to these, the institute has 3 academic centres and 6 service centres.

Campus life[edit]

NIT Rourkela has a very vibrant campus life with as many as 40 clubs or student organizations. These clubs span and promote a variety of interests such as technical, cultural, literary, debating, quizzing, sports, social service, etc. among the students, enabling them to explore and enhance their hitherto hidden talent.

NIT Rourkela hosts four major annual events:

  • Innovision: the technical festival which showcases the technical talents of the students and the practical applications of their learning
  • Sports Fiesta: in which students from various colleges participate in various sports and games
  • Nitrutsav: the cultural festival where students from all parts the country participate
  • ISM (International Students Meet): in which students from abroad, especially the neighbouring countries, participate in a slew of events organized by the institute

Along with this, there are many festivals that are organized by clubs such as:

  • NES: National Entrepreneurship Summit is an initiative by Entrepreneurship Cell, NIT Rourkela to promote and support entrepreneurial activities in the institute
  • Vahaan: a national level technical symposium which is held annually by SAE, NIT-Rourkela chapter
  • East India Automotive Symposium: amalgamation of 25 East India colleges with their passion for the automotive industry

Student activity groups/clubs[edit]

Technical clubs[edit]

  • CYBORG – Robotics and Automation Club
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • CEST - Civil Engineering Students' Technical Club, the only club on this subject and the best club of NITR
  • Astro NITR - astronomy and astrophysics club
  • Energy NITR - energy and environment club
  • CEC – Catalog and E-Commerce club
  • E-Cell - Entrepreneurship Cell, NIT Rourkela
  • IEEE Student Chapter – club for IEEE (USA) technical activities
  • LAMP - web, application development club
  • Mathematics Club
  • Microsoft Campus Club - student chapter of Microsoft International
  • SAE-NITR – Society of Automotive Engineers, NITR chapter
  • SELS - Society of Engineers for Living Systems
  • Spawn - networking based club to share knowledge as a technical forum
  • Techniphiles - an organisation to spread knowledge and make others aware of latest technological developments
  • UDAAN – aero-modelling club
  • Vortex - technical club to develop CFD related activities among students
  • The Science Club - a society for sharing knowledge by giving lectures on intriguing royal science topics

Literary, music and cultural clubs[edit]

  • Leo – Youth wing of Lion's International Club of Rourkela
  • AASRA – a society for society; an exclusive group for social service work
  • Bureaucrats - a club dedicated to spreading awareness for higher studies and promoting innovation in NITR
  • Chef's Club NITR – the first cooking club in a technical university
  • Cognizen - a club which conducts periodic discussions on political, socio-economic and general issues
  • Chitraang – the club for maintaining the graffiti wall of institute at the Student's Activity Centre (SAC)
  • Clarion - the literary and debating club
  • D361 – the institute magazine, managed by the student body
  • Episteme - a quiz club
  • Euphony - the oldest musical band of NIT Rourkela
  • Heartbeats – fusion band
  • Holocaust – heavy metal band
  • Health Club - conducts yoga classes every weekend at SAC (Student Activity Centre) under an expert guidance; periodically organises various health awareness campaign through skits, group discussions, and classes
  • Inquizzitive – dedicated to increasing the general interest of students towards quiz. Organises a prestigious open quiz competition,"Qurios" Qurios, in the month of January.
  • Monday Morning - the official e-newsletter of NIT Rourkela
  • Pantomime – the official and premier drama club of NIT Rourkela
  • Rotaract – youth wing of Rotary International
  • Synergy - Dance club[13]
  • Mavericks - Dance club[14]
  • Third Eye - photography club
  • Voice - aids classes in different subjects (syllabus related) develop views about society, spirituality and science
  • YI Net – Young Indians Net promoted by Confederations of Indian Industry (CII)

SPIC MACAY NITR Chapter[edit]

The SPIC MACAY NITR Chapter was inaugurated on 12 January'2013 by the founder of SPIC MACAY, Dr. Kiran Seth, in the Bhubaneshwar Behera Auditorium. Since then, some events have been organised under this chapter, such as jugalbandi between Pandit Vijay Ghate and Pandit Bhawani Shankar accompanied by Sangeet Mishra on sarangi; performance by Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia during the International Students' Meet. The SPIC MACAY NITR Chapter has received an amazing response both by the students as well as the faculty family. During Spic Macay State Convention 2014, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Padmashree Geeta Chandran, and G.S Chani performed in the BBA Auditorium.

Student halls of residence[edit]

There are in total ten halls of residence for students. Of these, two are for girls, one for married scholars and the rest 7 for boys.[15]

The halls are named after prominent figures in recent Indian history. They are :

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ [1] Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
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  4. ^ [2] Archived September 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [3] Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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  7. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2016". Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2016. 
  8. ^ "HRD Ministry announces universities ranking, IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore top the list". 
  9. ^ "Best engineering colleges in India". 
  10. ^ "Case Studies, Leaders, Policy, Administration, Industry Focus, Campus, Technology". 
  11. ^ "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  12. ^ Departments/Centres. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  13. ^ "Synergy NIT Rourkela". Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
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  16. ^ Monday Morning
  17. ^ Monday Morning

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