National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

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National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
தேசிய தொழில்நுட்பக் கழகம், திருச்சி
NIT Trichy logo
Motto Tamil: வாய்மையே வெல்லும்
Hindi: सत्यमेव जयते
Motto in English
Truth Alone Triumphs
Established 1964
Type Public
Director Dr.Srinivasan Sundarrajan
Academic staff
Students 5692
Undergraduates 3532 [1]
Postgraduates 2160 [1]
Location Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Campus 800 acres (3.2 km2)[2]
Logo of NIT Tiruchirapalli.png

The National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT), also referred to as National Institute of Technology, Trichy, formerly Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, is a public engineering and technology university located 20 km near the city of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. The institute was founded in 1964 to cater to the country's growing need for technological manpower.[3] It is one of the 30 National Institutes of Technology in India and is declared as an Institute of National Importance by Government of India under NIT Act. About 3,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the institute.[1] The institute is located on an 800-acre (3.2 km2)[2] campus on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli.


The Regional Engineering College at Tiruchirappalli was founded in 1964 as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu to cater to the country's need for manpower in technology. The college was given autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development. In 2003, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology.[3] The Chairperson of the institute is Ms. Kumud Srinivasan. Dr.Srinivasan Sundarrajan has been Director of the institute since July 2011. The institute is undergoing accelerated growth through the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP).[3][4]

NIT Trichy celebrated its Golden Jubilee anniversary on July 19/20, 2014, with the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee presiding over the event as the chief guest.


Former entrance to the NITT campus, now closed due to construction on NH 67

NITT offers undergraduate and graduate programs in disciplines spanning engineering, science, architecture and management. The institute has 16 departments[5] with about 250 faculty members and more than 3,400 enrolled students.[1] As of 2008, the annual intake for the B.Tech. program was 530, with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.[6]

Research in the institute is sponsored by major government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST); in 2006–07, research grants from these agencies exceeded one crore Indian rupees ( 1,00,00,000; approx. US$200,000).[7]


The training and placement department of the institute arranges for companies to conduct on-campus interviews to recruit students from NIT. Over 160 companies participate in the placement process every year. Some of the students from metallurgical engineering department of NIT Trichy received scholarships to pursue in National University of Singapore.[8]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

The institute awards B.Tech. degrees in nine engineering disciplines as well as the B.Arch. degree through its architecture program. Admission to these programs is through merit list prepared by giving 60% weightage to IIT-JEE Main Exam score and 40% weightage to marks scored in class 12. NITT 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).[9][10]

The B.Tech. program is a four-year program while the B.Arch. program is five years long. The first year of the B.Tech. program is common across all disciplines, during which students take basic courses in engineering, mathematics and professional communication.[11]

Post graduate programs[edit]

The institute offers graduate programs in 23 disciplines,[1] including 21 programs in science and engineering, leading to a M.Sc. or M.Tech. degree respectively, as well as a program in computer applications (MCA) and management (MBA). Doctoral programs are offered in all disciplines. The Department of Management Studies (DoMS) has been functioning since 1978. Graduate admissions are through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for the M.Tech. and M.Sc. programs, and through NIMCET for the MCA program.


Institute rankings
Engineering – India
India Today[12] 9
Outlook India[13] 10
Dataquest[14] DNP
Government colleges:
Mint[15] 12
Medical - India
Business – India

NITT is ranked as one of the top most NITs. NITT was ranked #9 on the India Today Best Engineering Colleges 2012,[12] #10 in the Outlook India Top Engineering Colleges of 2012.[13] Among government colleges, it was ranking #12 in the Mint Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009.[15]

The Department of Architecture was ranked #9 in the Outlook India Top 10 Architecture Colleges of 2011.[16]

The Department of Architecture was ranked #4 in the Outlook India Top 10 Architecture Colleges of 2012.[17]


The old library of NITT which now houses IIM Trichy.

The NITT campus is situated near Thuvakudi, on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli. The campus spans 800 acres (3.2 km2).[2][18] The main entrance is located on the southern end of the campus, facing National Highway 67. There is one other entrance, popularly called the Staff gate.

The administrative building (popularly referred to as the admin-block) with its iconic clock tower is one of the institute's landmarks. This building houses the administrative offices and also the offices of the director and deans. The eastern and western wings of this building are occupied by the physics and chemistry departments respectively.[19][20]

Academic facilities[edit]

The institute's academic facilities are located in the southern half of the campus; these include the department buildings, laboratories and workshops, lecture halls, computer centres and the central library. Each department has its own library, in addition to the central library, which holds more than one lakh (100,000) resources including books, periodicals and journals in print and electronic format.[21]

Computer Center[edit]

According to the latest rankings, this department is the second best(after NIT Calicut) among the national institutes of the country. The Octagon is the institute's primary computer centre, with eight computer labs, printing facilities and a variety of engineering software for use by students. This Octagon also serves as a central hub for interconnecting the campus-wide LAN.[22] This LAN caters to totally 6000 users across the campus (1600 users at the same time using Wired connection and the remaining users through Wireless) and has a 10 Gbit/s fiber optic backbone.The original facility, opened in 1990, was extended into a second building in 2006; there are plans to further expand the facility in view of the increase in student enrolment.[23]

Athletic facilities[edit]

Most of the institute's athletic facilities are located in and around the sports centre. The centre includes indoor badminton courts and a fitness centre. Adjoining this building are a 25-metre (82 ft) swimming pool and an outdoor stadium with a 400-metre (1,300 ft) track, which is also used as a cricket field.[24] Other facilities on campus include basketball courts, and indoor table tennis tables in the residential hostels.

Housing and other amenities[edit]

Residential facilities are provided on campus for students, faculty and staff of the institute. Most students live on campus in the residential hostels. In all, there are 17 boys and 3 girls hostels with a capacity of 3800 students. Four more hostels are under construction. Once completed they will be able to accommodate 4660 students.[25] With the exception of the girls' hostel, all the others are located in the northern side of the campus. Meals are served by 2 mega messes and 2 government messes along with a pure vegetarian mess located in campus. There are several cafeterias on campus where food is available for purchase. Other amenities on campus include a guest house, a modern hospital[26] and pharmacy, a post office, a bank, 3 ATMs (State Bank of India and Canara Bank) and two supermarkets.

Student life[edit]

NITT has over 35 student groups spanning a variety of interests, including cultural, social and professional groups, student publications and recreational groups. Undergraduate students participate in one of three national programmes in their first year: the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the National Sports Organisation (NSO) or the National Service Scheme (NSS).

Performing arts[edit]

The performing arts groups at NITT include the dance troupe, the music troupe and the thespians' society. These groups perform at institute events and have won accolades at contests across the country.[27][28] The dance troupe combining vibrant colours with meaningful themes in their performances.[28] Amruthavarshini, the Carnatic music group of the college, organises classical music concerts in the institute. In 2007, the group organised Tyagaraja Aradhana in honour of the Carnatic musician Tyagaraja.[29]

Annual events[edit]

Main articles: Festember, Pragyan and Nittfest

Three of the institute's official annual events – Festember, NITTFEST and Pragyan – are organised by the students themselves.[30] These are also the largest and most-awaited events every year.

Festember is the annual national-level cultural festival of the institute. Held every year since 1975 during the month of September, this event encompasses music, dance and literary competitions, with thousands of participants from colleges all over the country vying for the trophy. The event has seen performances by Indian musicians including Karthik, Srinivas, Naresh Iyer, Kadri Gopalnath and Sivamani as well as bands like Indian Ocean, Euphoria and Silk Route.[31][32] Festember derives its name from the phrase, "A Fest to Remember" and not from "A Fest in September" as is popularly believed due to its falling in the month of September every year. NITTFEST is the intra-college version of Festember with many of the same events, but with the competition between departments of the institute.[33]

Pragyan is the annual science and technology festival of the institute, usually held in the month of January or February. The festival features contests in programming, management, robotics and other fields of engineering.[34] These contests – some of which are conducted online – attract participants from all over India and also from other countries. Pragyan has featured workshops by Adobe and Sun Microsystems as well as guest lecturers including Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, Nobel prize-winning physicist John C. Mather and linguist Noam Chomsky.[35][36]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c "History of the Institute". NITT. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ R. Krishnamoorthy (Nov 3, 2008). "TEQIP Phase II to create parity between NITs and IITs". The Hindu. 
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  6. ^ "NIT-Tiruchi will fill OBC quota this year". The Hindu. Apr 26, 2008. 
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  8. ^ "Training and Placement". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  9. ^ "B.Tech. Admission Procedure". NITT. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  10. ^ "B.Arch. Admission Procedure". NITT. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  11. ^ "First Year". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
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  13. ^ a b "Top Engineering Colleges". Outlook India. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "India's Top Engineering Colleges 2012 (DQ-CMR T-Schools Survey 2012)". Dataquest. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009" (PDF). Mint. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  16. ^ " | Top 10: Other Professional Colleges". Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  17. ^ " | Top 10: Other Professional Colleges". Retrieved 08 November 2013.
  18. ^ Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  19. ^ "Department of Physics". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  20. ^ "Department of Chemistry". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  21. ^ "Library". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  22. ^ "Computer Support Group". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  23. ^ "Second annexe for NIT-T planned". The Hindu. June 6, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Physical Education". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  25. ^ "Hostels". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  26. ^ "Hospital". NITT. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  27. ^ "Fine Arts". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  28. ^ a b Liffy Thomas (March 13, 2010). "High spirit ignites college dance competition". The Hindu. 
  29. ^ Syed Muthahar Saqaf (March 16, 2007). "Science with a touch of music". The Hindu. 
  30. ^ "Events". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  31. ^ "Festember ’08, packed for the show". The Hindu. Sep 18, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Confluence of art, culture and fun". The Hindu. Sep 22, 2009. 
  33. ^ "Students engineer cultural, literary facets at NITTFEST'10 in Tiruchi". The Hindu. Mar 20, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Pragyan 2010 - Events". NITT. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  35. ^ R. Krishnamoorthy (Feb 2, 2009). "Pragyan promises more this year". The Hindu. 
  36. ^ R. Krishnamoorthy (February 8, 2010). "A melting pot of creative ideas". The Hindu. 

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Coordinates: 10°45′47″N 78°49′05″E / 10.763°N 78.818°E / 10.763; 78.818