National Institute of Technology, Karnataka

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National Institute of Technology Karnataka
ರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಮಹಾವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ
NITK mangalore.jpg
Main building of National Institute of Technology Karnataka
Motto Kannada: ಕಾಯಕವೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ
Sanskrit: तत्पूजा कर्मचाखिलम
Motto in English
Work is worship
Type Public
Established 1960
Chairman S. C. Tripathi
Director Swapan Bhattacharya[1]
Undergraduates 3,500
Postgraduates 2,000
Location Surathkal,Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Campus Suburban, 295 acres (1.19 km2)
NITK Emblem.png

The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC), is a public engineering university at Surathkal, Mangalore. It was founded in 1960 as KREC while today, it is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. It has a suburban campus, in close proximity to the Arabian Sea. National Highway 66 runs through the campus and serves as the major mode of access.


The foundation stone for Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC) was laid on 6 August 1960,[3] at Surathkal. It was made possible through the efforts of U. Srinivas Mallya and V. S. Kudva and the area is now called Srinivasnagar in his honour. KREC began with three under-graduate courses in engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil, with affiliation to the University of Mysore. 1965 saw the beginning of under-graduate courses in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. In 1966, the college started its first postgraduate course in Marine Structures and Industrial Structures, followed by post-graduate courses in Industrial Electronics (1969), Heat Power (1971), Hydraulics and Water Resources (1971), Chemical Plant Design Engineering (1971) and Process Metallurgy (1972).

More under-graduate engineering courses were added later: Electronics and Communication Engineering (1971), Mining Engineering (1984), Computer Engineering (1986) and information technology (2000). In 1980, KREC came under the affiliation of Mangalore University, and the five-year under-graduate courses were shortened to four-years. On 26 June 2002, it was elevated to the status of a National Institute of Technology and has been called NIT Karnataka (NITK) ever since. It is now a Deemed University. NITK celebrated its 50th Institute Foundation day on 6 August 2009. The year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations were inaugurated on 10 August 2009.[4]


The 295-acre (1.19 km2)[5] campus is located on National Highway 66 (formerly National Highway 17), by the shores of Arabian Sea, and has a private beach, including a lighthouse. Almost all the students reside on-campus, as do most of the staff. Staff quarters consist of the Director's bungalow, quarters for professors, lecturers and wardens. There is also a separate non-teaching staff colony. There are more than 200 residences on campus in addition to independent houses and flats.

The campus includes two Cooperative Societies and a marketing center, State Bank of India and Canara Bank with ATM facility, staff club, post office, schools (Kannada and English medium), hospital, guest house, food court, swimming pool and playgrounds. These facilities are made available to both the staff and the students at NITK.


NITK Surathkal offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering, Science and Management. The institute has 14 departments[6] and 11 support centres with about 200 faculty members, 300 support staff, 5,500 students and 15,500 alumni worldwide.[7][8]

Research and industrial consulting[edit]

Research in the institute is mainly sponsored by central and state government agencies with grants for the academic year reaching 10 crore (US$1.5 million).[7] Additionally newly recruited faculty are provided a seed grant of 5 lakh (US$7,400) for research. Faculty go on sabbaticals at foreign universities to encourage research and teaching interactions. Consulting activities are also conducted through the industry-institute partnership cell.


Undergraduate programs[edit]

The B. Tech admissions were based on the AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Exam).[9] The exam consists of three sections on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. From the 2013 academic year onwards, admission is through the JEE (Mains) test,[10] and ranks are based on 60% of the marks scored in the test, and 40% in the class 12/Second PU Board exams.

Undergraduate admissions were based on a state wise reciprocal system. 50% of the seats were reserved for students from the home state of Karnataka. Until 2007, the rest of the 50% was distributed over other NITs, with each state having a fixed quota of seats. However, since the batch starting in 2008, the remaining 50% has been made open to all other states.

10% of the seats in the undergraduate class are reserved for foreign students under the Direct Admission of Student Abroad (DASA) scheme.[11] Admissions are based on the aggregate score obtained out of 2400 in the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2, Physics and Chemistry.

Postgraduate programs[edit]

Postgraduate students are admitted to the program through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science. Postgraduate students are required to complete coursework in addition to a thesis or dissertation that entails independent research under the guidance of a faculty.[12] Postgraduate and doctoral Ph.D students are also involved as teaching assistants for undergraduate courses. An MBA course has been recently introduced by the Humanities department.[13] NITK also offers MCA(Master of Computer Application) course for graduate students in which admission is done on the based on NIMCET (NIT MCA Common Entrance Test). NITK from 2003 is offering Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D program for Mtech and other post graduate students.


NIT, Surathkal has been ranked as the 15th best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015.[14] The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American thinktank.[15]

Student activities[edit]

Being primarily a residential institution along with Surathkal beach less than a kilometre (0.62 mi) away, a unique culture has developed over the 50 years of NITK's existence. Since 2004 when it became a centrally funded institution, NITK has opened doors to students from all over the country. Students involve in technical activities, as well as cultural events supported by one of the many student run clubs and organisations on campus. An open-air theatre called Student Activity Center is the venue for most of the music performances and movie screenings. Beach events are unique to NITK, with sand sculptures and kite flying being recent highlights.

Annual events[edit]

Engineer (a national level technical symposium) takes place typically around the last week of October and Incident (a cultural festival) is organised since 1980 during the last week of February. Over the years, the scale of these events have gradually expanded with students visiting from all over the country. Online technical events at Engineer see participation from all over the world. The biggest intra-college event is called Crrescendo, where the two r's stand for 'Reading Room', after the group that organises it. Students teams representing the year of their study compete in literary, personality, art and music competitions. Crrescendo has been an annual tradition for three decades now.


'Engineer' is the annual technical symposium at NITK Surathkal. 'ENGI' as it is called by the students has the Penrose Triangle as its logo, and this theme has been used along with the tag-line, 'Think. Create. Engineer.' ‘Engineer’ in its first edition in 2005 was born out of the amalgamation of three smaller scale technical symposia held until then. Engineer 2006 was planned on a larger scale, with innovative events including paper presentations, Shrishti, where participants are required to apply engineering for the greater good of society, robotics events (Perfect Machine, Automata), hacking contests, programming contests, electronics design events, and workshops. Socially conscious engineering has been a recurring theme. Guest speakers at Video conferences include Richard Stallman, Bjarne Stroustrup, Sam Pitroda, Dr. Devi Shetty, Sir Anthony James Leggett, Kevin Warwick, and Tim Poston. Engineer 2010 was dubbed the 'Golden Edition' due to it coinciding with the Golden Jubilee year celebrations. NITK hosted its first TEDx conference[16] during Engineer 2011, and many influential speakers of the region were invited to talk on socially relevant issues.


Main article: Incident (festival)

Incident is the institute's annual cultural festival. Incident was first conducted in 1980.[citation needed] Held over five days, the festival includes events from dance and dramatics to music, painting, fashion and quizzing.[17] In addition, Incident Pro-Nite features top Indian singers and bands.International bands have also been part of the experience since 2010, with tribute bands like Led Zepplica, Breathe the Floyd Sound and Jailbreak performing crowd favourites to an enthralled audience.

Student organizations[edit]

Technical clubs[edit]

Major national and international technical societies have set up local student chapters at NITK. They include Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), the Institution of Engineers, the Computer Society of India,the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Robotics Club NITK.

  • The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has an active chapter constituted by Mechanical Engineering students. NITK has two racing teams which participate in SAE BAJA and international FSAE races.[18]
  • NITK has a Linux Users Group, which along with the WEB Enthusiasts Club promotes FOSS and Linux.
  • The Engineers' Forum for Entrepreneurship Awareness (E-FOREA) encourages entrepreneurial ideas from students and promotes leadership and entrepreneurship on campus.[19]
  • The amateur astronomy Star Gazing Club conducts star-watching shows for the students and faculty.[20]
  • The Robotics Club of NITK is an group of hobby robot enthusiasts. Members involve in presenting seminars on various levels of robotics to participating in renowned tech-fests like TECHFEST, IITB, SHAASTRA, IITM, etc.

Cultural clubs[edit]

  • The Rotaract Club[21] conducts social, cultural and technical events for the students and club members alike. These include blood donation camps, clothing donation drives, coastal clean-up camps, and events conducted by the National Service Scheme (NSS) chapter of NITK.
  • The Mangalore chapter of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPICMACAY) is centered at NITK and is one of the biggest chapters in the country. It organizes concerts and lectures by maestros of Indian classical art forms and strives to raise awareness of Indian culture in the surrounding regions through lectures, orientations and conventions.
  • Literary, Stage and Debating Society is the apex literary forum of the institute. The club mainly conducts quizzes while also holding debates and organising plays. LSD was formed in 2004 from the quiz club to cater to literary events other than quizzes.
  • Dance Dramatics and Fashion Club organises 'Spandan' annually, which provides students a platform to showcase their talent at dance and theatre. The NITK Music Club organises music shows, generally called Musical Night, and play popular music at the outdoor auditoriums. A variety of styles are on display at these events, from Indian classical music to fusion to rock.
  • The NITK Films Club screens movies at the Students' Activity Centre every Friday during the semester. Apart from English and Hindi releases, regional films are shown as well. The Press Club brings out a fortnightly wall magazine News Wagon, providing a tongue-in-cheek look at life around the campus, besides bringing out the official yearbook, The Vitruvian.
  • VOICE (Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education) is a youth group run by the students, for the students. Using the principles present in the ancient Vedic scriptures, they train students in a blend of character and competence.
  • The NITK Photography Club captures photos and videos of events happening at NITK. It conducts "Expose", which is a national level photography contest organised yearly during Incident. The club contributes to the official yearbook, The Vitruvian.
  • The Artists' Forum, NITK is an art hobbyist club which conducts its own events like Art Beat, Kalakriti, and Waves. It is also credited with the decoration of the underpass connecting the eastern and western blocks of the institute. It added an abstract monument as a part of its annual project to the campus which is completely made of reused metal. Themed decoration of the campus during college festivals often comes under the prerogative of this club.


Sports facilities include the cricket ground, tennis lawns, shuttle badminton and table tennis complex, the basketball and volleyball courts along with a swimming pool.

The Recreation Committee (RC) of the institute organises recreational activities including freshers cup, floodlit cricket matches which garner a vibrant fan following. The much awaited inter-year sports festival 'Phoenix' is organised during the even semester where students battle for gold, silver and bronze medals, and the overall shield. NITK sports teams participate in events all over the country as part of the Inter-NIT sports meet.

During the cultural festival 'Incident', NITK hosts 'Slam Dunk', an intercollegiate basketball tournament, which attracts some of the best teams in the region and plays host to many enthralling matches.

Former principals / directors[edit]

  • Dr. P N Singh
  • A. S. Adke
  • Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Director (2007-2012)
  • Dr. Swapan Bhattacharya, Director (2012–present)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • K. V. Kamath, 1969, President of BRICS Bank, Former Chairman of ICICI Bank, former Chairman of Infosys
  • K. Ullas Karanth, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society India Program
  • Ashok Kheny, 1972, Director of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises; MLA from Bidar (South) in Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • B. Narayan, Group President of Reliance Industries
  • P. M. Pai, 1972, venture partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)[22]
  • Sridhar Rangayan, filmmaker with a focus on LGBT subjects
  • Sanmitra Trivedi, Senior Vice President at Reliance Industries
  • Sudhir Hoshing, Chief Executive Officer (Roads Division) at Reliance Infrastructure
  • M. D. Mallya, 1974, former Chairman of Bank of Baroda
  • G. Shankarram, 1977, Joint Managing Director of Peps India[23]
  • Gopala Bhupal, 1977, Chairman at Karthik Group [24]
  • Yajnanarayana Kammaje, 1972, Chairman at Sona Group [25]
  • Vasudev Avadhani, 1973, Mentor and Advisor at NSRCEL IIM Bangalore; former Vice President of Tata Defence
  • Dr. R. R. Sonde, Executive Vice President of Research, Technology and Innovation, at Thermax[26]
  • P. P. Upadhya, Managing Director of MRPL, Mangalore[27]
  • Sudhir Chandrasekhar Menon, Vice President, Hilton Worldwide
  • V. S. Sriram, Senior Corporate Vice President at HCL Technologies
  • Rahm Shastry, 1980, co-founder of DriveU; Chairman and CEO at Polaris Design Systems[28]
  • Antony Mascarenhas, 1978, consultant in oil and gas
  • R.V.Gumaste, 1981, Managing Director at Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd.
  • D T Barki, 1982, Chairman and Managing Director at Nobel Energy Solar Technologies Ltd [29]
  • George Paul, 1982, Executive Vice President of HCL Infosystems
  • Ashok Pawar, 1983, founder and CEO, Cyber Technology Group, USA[30]
  • Krishnamurthy BK, 1983, Joint Managing Director at Vishal Infrastructure[31]
  • Kumar Shiralagi, 1984, Managing Director, India, at Indo-US Venture Partners[32]
  • Satish Shenoy, 1984, Director and CEO at Regulus Capital Advisors Private Limited
  • Vijay Angadi, 1984, Managing Director at NovaStar Funds[33]
  • Sandeep Dasgupta, 1984, CEO at BOI AXA Investment Managers, a joint venture between Bank of India and AXA[34]
  • Dr. Arvind Gambheer, 1984, CEO, Tutorpod Learning LLP; former Academic Director at Pearson Education Services; former research scientist at NASA[35]
  • Prakash Tilwani, Vice President (Technology) at IRI (formerly SymphonyIRI Group)
  • Rajeev Madhavan, 1987, co-founder and CEO of Magma Design Automation
  • Bharat Vijay, 1988, founder of AmberTag Life Sciences; founder and COO of Yahoo India
  • Alok Ohrie, 1988, President and MD at DELL India [36]
  • Anand Sankaran, 1988, President and Global Head of Infrastructure Services and Cloud Computing at Dell[37]
  • Subu Goparaju, 1988, Senior VP at Infosys Labs[38][39]
  • Sanjay Sharma, 1988, Chairman at Association of Investment Bankers of India; Managing Director, Deutsche Equities India Pvt. Ltd.[40][41]
  • Aravind Melligeri, 1990, Chairman and co-founder, Quest Global[42]
  • Deepak Shenoy, 1996, founder and CEO at Capital Mind
  • Sathya Bodha, 1998, Sr. Vice President, Mittal Steels
  • P Ramesh Chander, 1998, founder and CEO at Rixyncs
  • Ravinder Gujral, 1999, co-founder, Mindshell Software Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Amit Sinha, 1999, CEO and Managing Director at Dexcel Electronics
  • Chetan Kulkarni, 2000, co-Founder and CEO at Vizury[43]
  • Aprameya Radhakrishna & Raghunandan G (2003), founder and Director at Taxi For Sure
  • Amarendra Sahu & Jitendra Jagadev, 2004, co-founders at BrizzTV[44]
  • Sandesh C, 2004, COO at Chaipoint
  • Deepak Dhar, 2004, co-founder of Nestaway
  • Smruti Parida, 2005, co-founder and technology head at Nestaway[45]
  • Arjun Abraham Zacharia, 2004, co-founder and CEO, [46]
  • Krishna Kumar, 2005, founder and CEO of Simplilearn [47]
  • Yashwant Hemaraj, 2005, Principal at Benhamou Global Ventures - Palo Alto
  • Sahil Barua, 2006, co-founder of Delhivery
  • Yeshwanth Gurukar,2007, Founder at IASBaba[48]
  • Parkal Suhas Kamath, 2007, COO at Eye and Buy Retail
  • Vineet Deviah, 2007, founder and CEO at TeliportMe[49]
  • Nitin Rao, 2008, co-founder of Sunglass
  • Jagadish Kamath K, 2008, co-founder, RiverSilica Technologies[50]
  • Sujit Lalwani, 2008, founder of Inspiration Unlimited and 36Meals
  • Ankit Kumar Singh, 2009, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Assam Meghalaya Cadre.
  • Sameer Segal, 2009, CEO and founder, Artoo[51]
  • Shashank. N .D, 2009, co-founder & CEO, Practo
  • Ashwini Sudarshana, 2010, CEO and co-founder, iTelematics Software Private Limited
  • Siddharth C and Neelesh Soni, 2012, co-founders of Rhapsody Labs[52]
  • Megha Singh, 2012, CEO and founder, Revoure
  • Tejovanth N, 2012, CTO and co-founder, Eventosaur
  • [53] Sakthi swaroop B,[54] 2014, CEO and co-founder,[55], Social Media/IT Member of Aam Aadmi Party.[56]

Academia and Research

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External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 13°00′33″N 74°47′37″E / 13.009231°N 74.793667°E / 13.009231; 74.793667