Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology

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Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
Vnit nagpur crest.jpg
Former names
Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering
Motto Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam
Motto in English
Excellence in action
Type Public engineering school
Established 1960 (1960)
Director Dr. Padole[1]
Location Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
21°07′24″N 79°03′05″E / 21.12333°N 79.05139°E / 21.12333; 79.05139
Campus Urban
215 acres (87 ha)[2]
Colours Blue, Orange, Cream
Entrance to Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT Nagpur), formerly Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur (VRCE), is a public engineering and research institution in India. It is located in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in central India.[3] It was established in June 1960 by the Government of India and later named in honor of engineer, planner and statesman, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

VNIT Nagpur is centrally-funded and belongs to the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) system. In 2007, the institute was conferred the status of Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament of India. The institute awards bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, technology and architecture.


The VNIT Nagpur campus is located in the western part of Nagpur city near Ambazari Lake, about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Nagpur Railway Station and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur. There are three main entrances to the 225 acres (91 ha) campus: the Main Gate on South Ambazari Road, the Bajaj Nagar Gate and the Yashwant Nagar Gate.

Most students live on the campus, which has over 13 men's hostels and 3 women's hostels.A new boys hostel and a new girl hostel has been inaugurated this year.[4]

The campus health-care center caters to primary and urgent care requirements of students and staff.[5] The campus has facilities for auditoriums, a computer center, sporting facilities, a State Bank of India branch, a Canara Bank branch, coffee shops, a co-operative store and a post office.


Departments, Laboratories and Research Centers[edit]

VNIT Nagpur has various academic departments, with over 30 specialized laboratories and research centers.[2]

Departments and Laboratories[edit]

  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Biomechatronics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computational Physics
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Geoscience and Technology
  • Geobiology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Hydrologic Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Urban Design & Planning


  • Center of Excellence for Commbedded Systems
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Material Engineering Center
  • Center for Remote Sensing
  • Center for Water Resources
  • Center for VLSI and Nanotechnology
  • Incubation Center


Undergraduate programs are offered in Architecture (B.Arch) and 8 Engineering (B.Tech) disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

The Engineering undergraduate programs are usually of four-year duration, while Architecture has a five-year program. The institute accepts an incoming freshman class size of up to 798 students.[7]

Graduate and research programs, leading to Master's (M.Arch and M.Tech) and Ph.D. degrees, are offered by the Architecture and all 8 Engineering departments. A range of special fields of study are available in graduate and research programs in each discipline. The institute will soon offer Aeronautical Engineering. Up to 350 students are admitted to the Master's program each year.[8][9]

The institute uses relative grading on a 10-point scale.


Till 2012-13, admission to the undergraduate courses (B.Tech) at NITs was through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), which according to the number of applicants was the largest single-day exam in the world. From the year 2013-14, admission to the undergraduate courses (B.Tech) is through the highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains.[7] The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have one of the lowest acceptance rates for engineering institutes, of around 2 to 3 percent, second only to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in India.[10][11]

From 2015, Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSSA) conducts common counselling and allocates seats jointly for all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). In 2015, over 1,300,000 candidates appeared for the JEE exam for admission to 28,000 undergraduate engineering seats (B.Tech) in 68 centrally-funded technical institutes that included all 19 IITs (10,000 seats), 31 NITs (15,500 seats) and 18 IIITs (2,500 seats).[12][13][14]

For B.Tech at VNIT Nagpur in 2015, the acceptance rates were as following:[15][16]

  • Computer Science and Engineering: 0.33 percent
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering: 0.58 percent
  • Mechanical Engineering: 0.67 percent
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 0.82 percent
  • Civil Engineering: 1.23 percent
  • Chemical Engineering: 1.50 percent
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: 2.18 percent
  • Mining Engineering: 2.61 percent

Undergraduate admissions for foreign students and NRIs are done through Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme which considers SAT scores.

80% of students to the postgraduate programs (M.Tech) are admitted based on performance in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). These students receive stipends and tuition assistance from the institute and the Indian government. Another 20% of students are admitted based on industry or other research organization sponsorship, with full tuition typically paid by the sponsoring institution.[8]

The institute invites applications for PhD degree admissions in all departments, every academic year.


University and college rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[17] 31
Outlook India (2017)[18] 18

VNIT Nagpur has been ranked 31 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018,[17] and 18 by Outlook India in 2017.[18]

Academic Collaboration and Sponsored Research[edit]

The 18th National Seminar on Aerospace Structures (NASAS) was organized by VNIT Nagpur in association with Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) Nagpur, Aeronautical Research and Development Board (AR & DB), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, New Delhi and Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force, Nagpur.[19]

The institute has academic collaboration with the many universities in India and abroad. During the year 2015 alone, VNIT Nagpur signed 7 MoUs with International Universities and 21 MoUs with National Institutions, Laboratories and Industries.[20][21] These collaborative programmes include student and faculty exchange, internships for students and joint research activities among others. Some of the major universities which have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with VNIT Nagpur are:

VNIT Nagpur was one of 12 institutes selected by the MHRD, Government of India, for the BRICS Network University on behalf of India. The institute was identified for the knowledge field ‘Ecology and Climate Change’ and participated in the Indian delegation that attended the Conference of the BRICS held at Ekaterinburg, Russia. A special protocol to the MoU on the establishment of the BRICS Network University was signed by Dr Narendra Chaudhari, Director, VNIT Nagpur.[30]

Departments of the institute are involved in various research projects funded by the Department of Science and Technology (India) and other public and private corporations. VNIT Nagpur has been granted World Bank assisted technical project for Applied Research in Combedded Systems with the status of Center of Excellence (CoE) under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme Phase-II (TEQIP-II).[31] This program includes a grant of Rs. 5 crore. Such a center at VNIT Nagpur is one among six National Institutes of Technology centers which have got the status of Center of Excellence.

VNIT Nagpur has also partnered IIT Bombay and College of Engineering Pune in a R&D project in 'Biomedical Engineering and Technology Center Incubation' costing Rs. 39.4 crore.[22]

The institute will soon have a state-of-the-art research laboratory for robotics on its premises as per a pact with Switzerland-based robotic technology bellwether, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB).[32]

A team from the faculty of Applied Mechanics (structural dynamics and earthquake engineering) at the institute was asked by NGO SEEDS to visit Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2015 for providing technical support to them.[33] The team from the department had earlier visited Gujarat when an earthquake struck the state in 2001 and Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 2004 when a tsunami struck there after a massive quake in Sumatra, Indonesia.[33]

Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has tied-up with VNIT Nagpur for testing facilities and inputs on the metro's structural drawings, inspection and testing of materials.[34]

VNIT Nagpur has adopted nine villages in Amravati, Nagpur and Jalgaon districts under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) aimed at bringing grass roots level changes in rural areas through technological interventions from academic and research institutes, without affecting the local culture.[35]


The student clubs host a number of annual fests or events, inviting participants from colleges across the nation. These fests include:


VNIT Nagpur has a strong alumni network referred as VNITAA. Over the years, alumni of VNIT Nagpur have taken up strategic positions in organisations around the world. Alumni include prominent academics and business executives. The institute has an active alumni network, with chapters across India, in the United States and in Europe.[36]

The Alumni Cell at VNIT Nagpur manages interactions with the alumni network and keeps them involved in important events at the institute.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni occupy a number of senior executive positions in India and abroad. Some notable alumni of the institute include:[37]


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