National Institute of Technology Calicut
|Motto||तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (tamaso mā jyotir gamaya)|
Motto in English
|From Darkness, Lead us unto Light|
|Director||Dr.G R C Reddy|
|Location||Calicut, Kerala, India
|Campus||300 acres (1.2 km2), rural/semi-urban|
National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC),(Malayalam: നാഷണല് ഇന്സ്റ്റിറ്റ്യൂട്ട് ഓഫ് ടെക്നോളജി കാലിക്കറ്റ് ), (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान , कालिकट), formerly the Calicut Regional Engineering College (CREC), is a federally funded technical university and an institute of national importance governed by an act passed by the Parliament of India. The campus is situated near Chathamangalam, 22 kilometres (14 mi) north east of Calicut, on the Calicut–Mukkam Road. It was established in 1961 and was known as Calicut Regional Engineering College (CREC) until 2002. It is one of the National Institutes of Technology established by the Government of India for imparting high standard technical education to students from all over the country. The college is among the very few institutions in the country to host a Supercomputer of its own, and amongst the pioneers in the country to have a dedicated Nanotechnology related Department
- 1 History
- 2 Academic departments
- 3 International Liaison Office
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Culture and student life
- 6 Admissions
- 7 Administration
- 8 NITC people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
National Institute of Technology, Calicut was set up in 1961 as Regional Engineering College Calicut (CREC), the ninth of its kind and the first one to be established during the Third Five-Year Plan period. Until the formation of Calicut University in 1963, the institute was affiliated with Kerala University. It was largely due to the efforts of Pattom Thanu Pillai, then Chief Minister of Kerala, that the institute came into being. Prof. S. Rajaraman, first principal of Government Engineering College, Thrissur was appointed as the special officer in 1961 to organise the activities of the college until M. V. Kesava Rao took charge as the first principal of the college. The classes were initially held at the Government Polytechnic at West Hill, before it moved to its present campus in 1963. The college started with an annual intake of 125 students for the undergraduate courses, on a campus of 120 hectares (1.2 km2).
The intake for the undergraduate courses was increased to 250 in 1966, 150 for the first year and 100 for the preparatory course. The annual intake was reduced from 250 to 200 from the year 1968–69 on account of industrial recession.
After Prof S. Unnikrishnan Pillai took charge as principal in 1983, the Training and Placement Department was started to organise campus recruitments for students. The college moved into the area of information technology in 1984 with the commissioning of multi-user PSI Omni system and HCL workhorse PCs. In 1987 the college celebrated 25 years of its existence, and postgraduate courses were started. The CEDTI was established on the campus the following year.
In 1990 Shankar Dayal Sharma inaugurated the Architecture Department Block and construction of a computer centre was completed. In 1996, the institute website (the first in Kerala) was launched. The Indian Institute of Management Calicut functioned from the NIT campus in its first few years of existence before moving to its new campus in Kunnamangalam in 2003.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, accorded NIT status to REC Calicut in June 2002 granting it academic and administrative autonomy. It was a lead institute under the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) which began in 2002. In 2003, students were first admitted to the flagship undergraduate B.Tech through the All India Engineering Entrance Exam. With the passing of the National Institutes of Technology Act in May 2007, NIT Calicut was declared an Institute of National Importance. The National Institutes of Technology Act is the second legislation for technical education institutions after the Indian Institutes of Technology Act of 1961. In 2007 NIT Calicut raised its annual intake for its undergraduate program to 570. The annual intake for undergraduate program was increased to 1049 by 2011.
- Department of Architecture
- Department of Civil Engineering
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Electrical Engineering
- Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- School of Biotechnology
- School of Management Studies
- School of Nano Science and Technology
- Department of Physical Education
Undergraduate course offered by NITC include Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in various engineering fields and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.). These are paralleled by postgraduate courses offering Master of Technology (M.Tech). In addition, NITC offers an applied computer science course granting Master of Computer Application (M.C.A.), a business course granting Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) in science departments. PhD programmes are available in all engineering and science disciplines and management.
The School of Nano Science and Technology offers higher degree programs at the Post-graduate and Doctoral levels, in various academic streams related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The school is dedicatedly involved in sponsored research projects from various funding agencies. The faculty, students and research scholars are involved in dedicated learning and research to explore, understand and improve materials and processes from a fundamental perspective. They pursue academic research leading to the mission to introduce new functionalities into existing materials, and to tailor-make materials with exceptional qualities, which are the two major goals of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The varied interests of the school include study of nanoscale physical phenomena, experimental research in nanoscale flow and heat transfer, nanomaterials and composites, bio-nanotechnology and targeted drug delivery systems, optical measurements, combustion and nanoparticle fuel additives, synthesis of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, and discrete computational studies on nanoscale systems using molecular dynamics simulations. The strong research vibe in the school is also sustained by numerous sophisticated equipments that it houses, ranging from Characterisation instruments to even Electron Microscopes.
School of Management Studies
The School of Management Studies offers a two-year Master of Business Administration(MBA) program exclusively for graduates in Engineering.But 2013 on-wards, school admits students from different graduation streams having mathematics as one area of study. The school also offers PhD program in management. The admission to the MBA program is based on CAT score, performance in group discussion and personal interviews. This general MBA program offers electives in the streams – Finance, Human resource management, Operations management, Business Analytics and systems, Marketing, strategic management etc.
The program was initiated in 2008 and the first batch of students enrolled in 2009.
IT Finishing School
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, has started IT finishing schools at NIT Calicut and seven other national institutions: the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) at Durgapur, Kurushetra, Jaipur, Surathkal, Trichy and Warangal. This school is supportd by NASSCOM and some of the major IT companies in India.
International Liaison Office
The institute has set up an International Liaison Office to follow up the MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between NITC and other institutions in the world. It also guides current students from abroad and those interested in joining the institute. In 2011, a MoU was signed between NITC and Auburn University (USA) for research in Photonics. A MoU was also signed with NITK Suratkal for academic and research collaborations. NITC is also the mentoring institute of NIT Sikkim.
International conferences and symposiums
For two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011, NIT Calicut organised the Indo-US Symposium on Biocomputing. The symposium was organised jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the School of Biotechnology, and was held at the Taj Gateway in Calicut. It was jointly funded by the Department of Bio-Technology (India) and the National Science Foundation (USA) . The symposium consisted of a series of talks by leading researchers from India and the US in the area of Biocomputing.
Embarking on novel research domain of light-matter interaction, and fostering interaction amongst researchers in the field of Light, the Department of Physics at NIT Calicut hosted an International Conference on Light: Optics'14. The conference conducted during 19–21 March 2014, witnessed research works from numerous institutes within the nation and abroad. Gold medals were awarded to the Best Paper awardees, while some selected papers were reviewed & published in American Institute of Physics (AIP) Proceedings 
NIT Calicut hosted TEDx NIT Calicut on 14 January 2012, which was an independently organised TED event, consisting of talks, video and interactive sessions with high-achieving entrepreneurs, innovators, performers, and industry leaders.
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It is One of the Top NITS in India. NITC was ranked 5 (Factual Rank 7) by the India Today Best Engineering colleges 2012. In rankings limited to government institutes it was ranked 18 by the Mint Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009. NITC Architecture department is ranked 5 by the Outlook India Best Architecture colleges in India 2013.
NITC is a fully residential institution with 13 hostels on the campus to accommodate students. There are 12 boys' hostels, named by letters A, B, C, D, E, F, F', G, PG I, PG II,IH and newly formed Mega Boys Hostel.Four girls' hostels (LH). A, B,C and Mega Ladies Hostel Hostels have triple rooms but accommodate four students per room due to increase in intake of students and shortage of hostel facilities. D, E, F, G, PG I, and PG II are single-seated but, due to high intake of students, some rooms are being used as doubles. Professor's Apartments (FB) are also rented out due to shortage of hostel facilities.
A and PG I hostels accommodate I year B.Tech students. II year B.Tech students are accommodated in the Mega Boys Hostel. III year B.Tech students are accommodated in B and C hostels. Final year B.Tech students are accommodated in D, E, F, G and PG-II hostels. M.Tech. and MCA students reside in apartments. All hostels apart from A and PG-1 are well connected through a 100 Mbit/s LAN network.
The boys' hostels are close to the academic area while girls' hostels and Professor's Apartments are in the residential campus. There are around 4500 students in NITC hostels. A mini-canteen is available in the hostel premises.
Each hostel has its own mess and students are allowed to join the mess of any hostel with an exception of A and PG I which are exclusive for first years. The type of food served in the hostel messes are as follows:
- Cosmopolitan: A, PG I
- Vegetarian:B(North Indian), C (South Indian), E(North Indian)
- Non-vegetarian: F, G & PG-II (North & South mixed),PG II (Kerala)
Students are permitted to use their own computers in their rooms. All hostels are connected to the Campus Networking Center through which internet connectivity is provided for free. Every year, students set up LANs in the hostels according to their needs. Each hostel contains a common room with cable TV,daily newspaper and indoor games faciities.
There are three hostels in NIT Calicut to accommodate female undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. programme students. Two cosmopolitan messes are available in the girls' hostel premises. Other facilities like mini-canteen, indoor shuttle court, gymnasium and an extension of the Co-operative Society store are available in the girls' hostel.
NITC has a gymnasium, swimming pool, an open-air theatre, an auditorium and facilities for outdoor sports like tennis, football, volleyball, badminton, roller skating, hockey and basketball. It also has a cricket ground where Ranji Trophy matches have been played.
Central Computer Center
The Central Computer Center is a central computing facility which caters to the computing requirements of the whole community of this institution. The working hours of this centre is on round the clock on all working days except Republic day, Independence day, Thiruvonam, Vijayadashami, Gandhi Jayanthi, Bakrid & Christmas.
The centre is equipped with three IBM X-series servers, one Dell PowerEdge 6600 Quad Processor Xeon Server, six Dell PowerEdge 2600 Dual Processor Server and one Sunfire V210 Server. The Desktops and Thin clients are connected to the servers through gigabit switches and CAT6 UTP cables. The centre is connected to the campus-networking centre with backbone of 32Mbit/s through a Nortel L3 switch and in turn to internet.
NITC's Central Library, with more than 100,000 books, is one of the largest technical libraries in India. It subscribes to more than 200 print journals. The institute has a digital library, Nalanda (Network of Automated Library and Archives), which houses online resources. Users of the institute and networked institutions can access around 17,000 journals, proceedings, databases, electronic theses, dissertations and online courses at Nalanda. It is part of the Indest consortium, which networks the libraries at technical institutions in India.
NIT Calicut's supercomputer, Purna (Parallel Universal Remote Numerical Analyser), is accessible from anywhere in the campus and is provided for the use of all students and faculty members. PURNA has a peak speed of 1.5 Tera Flops.
Technology Business Incubator
The Technology Business Incubator (TBI) at NIT Calicut was set up with the help of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB). Its objective is to help the development of start-up ventures in electronics and IT.TBI provide workspace with shared office facilities with emphasis on business and professional services necessary for nurturing and supporting early stage growth of technology and technology based enterprises.
Culture and student life
Tathva is the annual techno-management fest organised by the college. It is usually held during the month of September and lasts for four days. Tathva has come to be regarded as one among the biggest technical festivals of South India. It has been held every year since its inception in 2001. Aimed at inspiring innovation and technical interest among students and the public, Tathva has played host to lectures, seminars, workshops by companies like ParaMek Technologies, competitions, paper presentations, exhibitions, quizzes, model displays and robotics events. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, G. Madhavan Nair, Harold Kroto, Johannes Orphal, Jimmy Wales, and Suhas Gopinath, were some of the eminent guests in previous editions of Tathva.
Ragam is the cultural festival of NITC. Colleges and universities from Kerala and outside compete in events like trivia quizzes, dance competitions, rock shows and music concerts. Some of the performers who have performed in previous years include Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Blaaze, Shankar Mahadevan, Kartik, Benny Dayal, Stephen Devassy and Parikrama. 'Breathe Floyd' a Pink Floyd tribute band from the UK performed during Ragam 2009. Ragam 2010 featured KK, Naresh Iyer and "Higher on Maiden" a tribute band to Iron Maiden. Special mention to the NITC FS Team Captain : FS Roshin.
The student organisations at NITC include Robotics Interest Group (RIG), The Literary and Debating Club (LND), The Indian Cultural Association (ICA), The Forum for Dance and Dramatics(DND),Civil Engineering Association (CEA), Electronics and Communication Engineering Association (ECEA), Electrical Engineering Association (EEA), Computer Science & Engineering Association (CSEA), Chemical Engineering Association (CHEA) which is the NITC Chapter of IIChE, Mechanical Engineering Association, Enquire (the NITC Quiz Club), The Music Club, Club Mathematica, Audio Visual Club (AVC), Team Unwired (Engineering and Technology Club), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student chapter, the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Students' Chapter, The Industrial and Planning Forum (IPF), the Nature Club, Adventure Club (Ad-Club),the Robotics Interest Group(Engineering and Technology).
Professional bodies with student chapters include NIT Calicut ACM Student Chapter, Computer Society of India, the Indian Society for Technical Education, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and The Institution of Engineers (India).
Students are taken in for the undergraduate courses through the Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) conducted by CBSE, New Delhi. Around 16 lakh students wrote this test in 2012 to gain admission to one of 20 NITs. This makes it one of the largest such examinations in the world. Admission to some other autonomous national level technical institutes (called Deemed University) is also through JEE Main. Students who have studied outside India for a minimum period of 2(two) years may seek admission through DASA (Direct Admission for Students Abroad) which was managed by EdCil (Educational Consultants India Limited) and is currently being managed by National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Suratkal (NIT-K) based on 12th Standard Board Examination marks or equivalent higher secondary examination marks/grade and SAT-II (Scholastic Aptitude Test -II) scores in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics conducted by College Board. Similar admission provision is provided for foreign nationals.
Admission to the graduate M.Tech and PhD courses are primarily based on scores in the GATE exam, conducted by the IITs. Admission to the MCA programme is done through the NIMCET conducted by the NITs. The first NIMCET in 2006 was conducted by NIT Calicut. Faculty from other institutes work as research scholars in NITC under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP). It is the national coordination centre for the QIP of polytechnic institutes.
Admission to MBA course is based on the Common Admission Test[CAT] score. Admission details will be published in the institute website and major dailies in India. The applicants will be shortlisted based on the CAT score, performance in qualifying degree (BTech/BE), work experience etc. The final selection is based on the performance of shortlisted candidates in group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI). The GD and PI are normally conducted at major cities across India.
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 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.
- P. Rama Rao (2001–2005)
- S. C. Tripathi (2005–11)
- Dr C. G. Krishnadas Nair (2011–2014)
- Aruna Jayanthi (2014–present)
- M. V. Kesava Rao (1961–1969)
- K.M. Bahauddin (1969–1980)
- P. K. Charlu (acting 1980–1983)
- S. Unnikrishna Pillai (1983–1996)
- M.P. Chandrasekharan (1996–2003)
- S.S. Gokhale (2003–2004)
- B.N. Nagaraj (acting 2004–2005)
- K.N. Dutta (acting 2005)
- G.R.C. Reddy (2005–2010)
- E. Gopinathan (acting 2010–2011)
- T. L. Jose (acting 2011)
- Sandeep Sancheti (Director NITK Surathkal as acting director in 2011)
- M. N. Bandyopadhyay (2011–2014)
- Swapan Bhattacharya (Director NITK Surathkal as acting director in 2014)
- G.R.C. Reddy (2014–)
- Prabhakaran Paleri, scholar in national security studies, former Head, School of Management Studies, NIT Calicut and Former Director General, Indian Coast Guard.
- John Mathai (administrator), former Chief Secretary of Kerala.
- Dr. Jayalal Sarma, Professor of Theoretical Computer Science at IIT Madras.
- Jishnu, Malayalam film actor
- Dani Thomas, IRSE, former Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, Southern Railway and Present Project Director, DMRC for Kochi Metro.
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- National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur
- National Institute of Technology Karnataka
- National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
- National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
- National Institute of Technology, Delhi
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