National Institute of Technology, Silchar

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National Institute of Technology Silchar
NIT Silchar logo.png
Motto in English
May our education be brilliant and radiant
Type Public engineering school
Established 1967
Parent institution
National Institutes of Technology
Director Rajat Gupta
Location Silchar, Assam, India
Campus 625 acres[1]

National Institute Of Technology Silchar (NIT Silchar) is one of the 31 NITs of India and was established in 1967 as a Regional Engineering College in Silchar. 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 the city of Silchar in the state of Assam.


The Regional Engineering College at Silchar (Assam)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 Assam 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 the National Institute of Technology, Silchar. In 2007, through the NIT Bill, the Indian government declared the National Institutes of Technology as "Institutes of National Importance".[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 632 (632 as of 2015). The institute also offers different post graduation programs in Engineering, Science and Management. The Institute also has a Kendriya Vidyalaya school up to Class VIII functioning from a temporary building in Campus.[2] Now, the Kendriya Vidyalaya has got its own campus inside the institute. The Institute has its own kids school near to computer science building.


  • The ABP News National Education Awards has decided to honour NIT Silchar, with the Outstanding Engineering Institute, East India.[3]
  • NIT Silchar has been given the award of best engineering college in eastern India by leading industry body ASSOCHAM in the National Education Excellence Awards 2014.[4]
  • NIT Silchar got 9/9 grade in TEQIP project.There are only 3 NITs to achieve this.


University and college rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017)[5] 53

NIT Silchar was ranked 53 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017.[5]


Listed below are the academic departments:[6]

Engineering departments

Sl Department
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
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.[7] 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).[8]

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][7] 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. Micro-electronics and VLSI Design
  2. Communication and Signal Processing Engineering
5 Computer Science and Engineering
  1. M.Tech-CSE
6 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.[9] The library has been fully computerized and automated with Libsys[10] software and has implemented RFID and DVR technology for security purposes under a TEQIP grant, becoming the first library in the northeast region to implement RFID and DVR technology.[11]

The institute has completed six projects, including E-learning projects "Virtual Classroom" and "Digital Library", sponsored by MHRD, India under the MODROB scheme, which enabled the library to digitalize old and rare books, manuscripts and documents.[12]

Hostels 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).[13] 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. Two more boys' hostels and a hostel for PhD scholars are under construction.

Culture and student life[edit]


On-campus Societies:[14]

  • Research Promotion Cell
  • 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)
  • Coding Club NIT Silchar
    • Competitive Coding / ACM ICPC Team
    • Open Source / GSOC Team
    • Data Science and Machine Learning Team
    • Web and Mobile App Development Team
  • ISTE Student Chapter
  • IEEE Student Chapter
  • SAE India Students' Chapter (SAE)
  • ASME Student Chapter- NIT Silchar
  • Literary and Debating Club
  • Photography Club
  • Solar Energy Society of India (SESI) Students' Chapter
  • Boating Club
  • Robotics Club
  • NIT Silchar Quiz Club

Student union body[edit]

The institute has an elected student body "Gymkhana" that takes responsibility for student welfare and extracurricular activities. The members are selected for various posts and work with the Dean of Students Welfare for the overall development of students.[15]

Some of Gymkhana's activities include the technical festival "Tecnoesis" and cultural festival "Incandescence", which includes the rock music event "Thundermarch".[16] 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.[17] Hostels are equipped with indoor games facilities such as Carom and table tennis. The Student Activity Center (SAC Building) is used as an indoor stadium. Two playgrounds each with capacity of 1000 spectators are used for outdoor games. 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.[18]


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).[19]


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 the 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.[20][21]


  1. The institute has a 1.0 MW solar power plant, the second such institute to have its own power plant after NIT Pune.[22]
  2. The 11th Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, (C-DAC) of India was established at the NIT Silchar campus and inaugurated on 21 February 2014.[citation needed]
  3. First institute in North-East India to enforce library security by RFID and DVR[citation needed]
  4. A solar-powered wheelchair project completed by students Rohit Thakwani, Rajarshi Choudhury and Shubham Jain won the European Renewable Energy Research Centres Award 2013 and the Indian National Academy of Engineering Award 2013.[23][24]



External links[edit]

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