National Institute of Technology, Srinagar

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National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
NIT Srinagar logo.jpg
Former name
Regional Engineering College, Srinagar
Mottoतमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
Motto in English
Lead me from Darkness to Light
TypePublic engineering school
Chairman‎M.J. Zarabi
DirectorRakesh Sehgal[1]
Location, ,
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
AffiliationsNational Institutes of Technology
Main building of the Academic Block

National Institute of Technology, Srinagar (NITSRI), formerly Regional Engineering College, Srinagar, is a public engineering and research institution, located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and as such is directly under the control of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It was established in 1960 as one of several Regional Engineering Colleges established as part of the Second Five Year Plan (1956–61) by the Government of India. It is governed by the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007 which has declared it as Institute of National Importance

NITSRI admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Mains), previously AIEEE. It has 12 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences programs.


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.[citation needed] The institute shifted to its present campus in 1965. The Regional Engineering College, Srinagar was upgraded to become the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar in July, 2003.[2] 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 15 August 2007 it became an Institute of National Importance[3] under the NIT Bill passed by the parliament of India.[4][5]


The institute is located on the western bank of the world heritage site, Dal Lake near the Hazratbal Shrine in the north eastern region of the Srinagar city.[6][7] The institute is located 23 km from the Srinagar International Airport and 13 km from Srinagar railway station.


The admissions to undergraduate through Joint Entrance Examination (Main) (JEE-Main)[8] or Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) (through SAT), for non-resident Indians.[citation needed] Admission to postgraduate courses is done based on Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores, though Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) for M.Tech courses[9] and though Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. for M.Sc. courses.[citation needed]


The university includes eight engineering departments, for chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering, and information technology, as well as four physical sciences departments for physics, chemistry, humanities and maths.[10]

Campus and student life[edit]

NIT campus is on bank of world-famous Dal lake. University of Kashmir and Hazratbal Shrine are at walkable distance.The NIT SRI campus comprises academic buildings, student hostels with a 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff and students. The Health Center provides medical care to students, teachers, staff and their family members. The Central Library is automated and provides services seven days a week, catering to more than 3500 users belonging to 12 departments and centres. The library houses 75,000 books.[11] There is a campus-wide fiber optic and Wi-Fi network, which covers all the departments, teachers' quarters, and students' hostels. There is a central computer lab, and computer labs in each Departments. Institute is also part of high speed National Knowledge Network. 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
  • Indus Boys Hostel (for 1st year B.Tech students)
  • Chenab Boys Hostel (for 2nd year B.Tech students)
  • Tawi Boys Hostel (for 3rd year B.Tech students)
  • Pre-Fab Hostel ( For 3rd Year B.Tech Students)
  • Jehlum Boys Hostel (for 4th year B.Tech students)
  • 8-Block Dal Boys' Hostel (For 4th and 3rd year B.Tech Students)
Dal Hostel
  • Jhelum Extension Boys' Hostel (For 3rd and 2nd year B.Tech students)
  • Hostel for Postgraduate and PhD students (C Block, Tawi)
  • Girls' Hostel (Combined for B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD girl students) (All Years)

The Institute is currently building a Mega Hostel of 1000 students capacity. There is a Common-hall, adjacent to the hostels, which provides facilities for indoor games like table-tennis and carom, 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.

Technical festival[edit]

Techvaganza is the national-level technical festival of NIT Srinagar. It is organized annually in April.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Director". National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The Hindu". Chennai, India. 17 August 2003.
  3. ^ "University And Higher Education - Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Three Bills passed in 15 minutes". The Hindu. 15 May 2007.
  5. ^ National Institute of Technology Act 2006
  6. ^ "NIT Srinagar".
  7. ^ "REC (NIT)Srinagar Alumni".
  8. ^ "14 lakh examinees get ready to take JEE mains". The Times of India.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Home Page". Retrieved 18 August 2017. click on "Departments".
  11. ^ "Library section".
  12. ^ National Geographic features Sonam Wangchuk
  13. ^ Vaishnavi in searchable alumni database, NIT Srinagar
  14. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha website. Retrieved 6 October 2017.

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