National Institute of Technology, Srinagar

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National Institute of Technology Srinagar
National Institute of Technology Srinagar - Logo
Former name
Regional Engineering College Srinagar
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Motto in English
Lead me from Darkness to Light
TypePublic technical university
ChairmanRakesh Sehgal(Ex-officio)[1]
DirectorRakesh Sehgal[2]
Academic staff
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

National Institute of Technology Srinagar (NIT Srinagar or NITSRI) is a public technical university 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.

NIT Srinagar 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. Also, the medium of instruction is English.


NIT Srinagar 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.[3] 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[4] under the NIT Bill passed by the parliament of India.[5][6]


The institute is located on the western bank of Dal Lake near the Hazratbal Shrine in the north eastern region of the Srinagar city.[7][8] 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)[9] 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, through Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) for M.Tech courses[10] and though Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. for M.Sc. courses.[11]


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 Mathematics. [12]

Campus and student life[edit]

NIT campus is located on the bank of Dal Lake. Hazratbal Shrine is at a walkable distance from the institute. The campus comprises of academic buildings, student hostels with 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff, and students. The Health Centre provides medical care to students, teachers, staff, and 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 centers. The library houses 75,000 books.[13]

There are a campus-wide fibre optic and Wi-Fi network, which covers all the departments, teachers' quarters, and students' hostels. There are 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 guesthouses available to meet additional temporary housing needs.

Halls of residence
  • Indus Boys Hostel (for 2nd year B.Tech students)(Before 2019, it was used for Ist Year B.Tech Students ) .
  • Chenab Boys Hostel (for 3rd year B.Tech students).
  • Tawi Boys Hostel (for Mtech and Ph.D. students)
  • Mansar and Manasbal hostel( For Ist 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 (Under renovation)
  • Girls' Hostel (Combined for B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D. girl students) (All Years)

For the first three years of Btech, each hostel room is shared by 4 students each while in the 4th year each student is allotted a single room in the Jhelum hostel. The rooms in the Jhelum hostel are allotted on the basis of CGPA(up to the 5th semester). The students who are not able to get a single room in the Jhelum hostel are allotted Dal hostels where the students reside in the ratio of 2 students per room. The M-tech students and Ph.D. scholars are allotted the Tawi hostel during their stay on the campus. In the Tawi hostel, each room is shared by three students.

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

Technical festival[edit]

Techvaganza is the National Level Technical Festival (Tech-Fest) of NIT Srinagar. It usually occurs in the month of April every year.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Institute of Technology Srinagar" (PDF). National Institute of Technology Srinagar. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. ^ "National Institute of Technology, Srinagar". National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  3. ^ "The Hindu". Chennai, India. 17 August 2003.
  4. ^ "University And Higher Education - Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Three Bills passed in 15 minutes". The Hindu. 15 May 2007.
  6. ^ "National Institute of Technology Act 2006" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  7. ^ "NIT Srinagar".
  8. ^ "REC (NIT)Srinagar Alumni".
  9. ^ "14 lakh examinees get ready to take JEE mains". The Times of India.
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  12. ^ "Home Page". Retrieved 18 August 2017. click on "Departments".
  13. ^ "Library section".
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  15. ^ National Geographic features Sonam Wangchuk
  16. ^ Vaishnavi in searchable alumni database, NIT Srinagar
  17. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha website. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Gupta N.K." Retrieved 15 June 2020.

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