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The National Institute of Technology at Tiruchirappalli, NIT-Trichy, (formerly Regional Engineering College, Trichy, TREC) is situated in the heart of Tamil Nadu on the banks of the Kaveri River. NITT is located in Thuvakudi on the Tiruchirappalli-Tanjore National Highway (NH67) and 22 kilometers from Trichy Railway Junction. National Institute of Technology, Trichy is one of the 20 National Institutes of Technology established by the Government of India. Started in 1964 it is a leading engineering institution in the country and has consistently been rated as one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Today, NITT is an autonomous co-educational technological institute, with 10 Undergraduate and 23 Graduate programs. Undergraduate programs earn B.Tech. degrees, while the Graduate students and Postgraduate students earn M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees respectively. NITT also has a Management and Architecture school.



Main Entrance of NITT CampusNITT was started as a co-operative venture of the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1964 with a view of catering to the needs of manpower in technology for the country. The college has been conferred with autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development. Because of this rich experience, this institution was granted Deemed University Status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and Govt. of India in the year 2003 and renamed as National Institute of Technology. NITT was registered under Societies Registration Act XXVII of 1975.

The Chairman, Mr. R. Seshasayee of Ashok Leyland Ltd. was elected to office in 2005 and the Director of NITT is Dr. M. Chidambaram from 2005. Presently the institute is undergoing an accelerated growth phase through the World Bank funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP).

The vision of NITT is to contribute to India and the World through excellence in scientific and technical education; to serve as a valuable resource for industry and society; and increase the human values and sustain the heritage of India. The values include Academic integrity and Accountability, Equality, Social Relevance, Intellectual Excellence and Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Its mission is:

To promote academic growth by offering state-of-the-art undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs.
To generate new knowledge by engaging in cutting-edge research.
To identify, based on an informed perception of Indian, regional and global needs, areas of specialization upon which the Institute can concentrate.
To undertake collaborative projects which offer opportunities for long-term interaction with academia and industry.
To develop human potential to its fullest extent of intellectual capability.


Admissions to Undergraduate courses at NITT is extremely competitive and is through the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), while the admission to Postgraduate programs requires competitve scores in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

For Undergraduate Admissions, 50% of the seats are reserved for students from Tamil Nadu. while the rest is filled up on an All India basis. 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).

In addition, NITT also accepts Foreign Nationals through scholarships under the Government of India, and Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin for Undergraduate programs through an independent scheme known as the Direct Admission for Students Abroad (DASA) scheme under the single window facility Educational Consultants India Ltd. (Ed.CIL).

Admissions to Architecture (B.Arch.) is done through the Architecture Exam of the AIEEE.

[edit] Academics
NITT is a deemed University meaning the degrees can be awarded by the college itself.

The Institute has several departments along with a faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical support staff and an effective administration. The various departments in the institute are :

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electronics and Communications Engineering
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Production Engineering
Computer Applications
Business and Humanities
Management Studies


The college has consistently been ranked as a top engineering schools in India. The following are recently published rankings by major indian magazines:

DataQuest Magazine - Best engineering schools in India - Rank 8 in 2005
India Today - Best Engineering Schools in 2007 - Rank 10
Outlook Magazine Survey - Best Engineering Schools in India in 2007 - Rank 12

Residential facilities are provided for most of the students and staff in the spacious college campus of about 800 acres (3.2 km2), one of the largest campuses in India. Essential and basic amenities including the NITT Hospital, a Hindu temple, Post & Telegraph facilities, Telecom center, fully computerized State Bank of India branch with ATM facility, a book shop, a reprographic center, canteens, swimming pool, co-op. stores, thus making the campus a self-contained mini-township.
  Academic buildings
The academic zone of the institute includes the ten department buildings, laboratories, auditorium, a centralized lecture theater building, state-of-the-art computer centers that comprise the Octagon, and the main Library. A new digital library, a primary school building and a modern hospital are some of the many projects and buildings currently under construction in the campus.

Residential hostels
The residential zones primarily comprise 13 Men's hostels and 1 Ladies' Hostel. They accommodate 2507 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Committees consisting of staff representatives and elected student representatives manage them. The messes are equipped to serve both South Indian and North Indian dishes as the student fabric is of a truly national character. The institute has its own transport for procuring the raw materials for the messes.

Each hostel is managed by a Warden. The first year UG Men's hostels have two resident Deputy Wardens, while the Ladies' hostel has three resident Deputy Wardens. The Hostel Executive Committee headed by the Convener and the DCW coordinates the work among wardens and deputy wardens. Hostels are provided with amenities like televisions, DOT telephones, Intercom, water purifiers and coolers, indoor and outdoor sports kits, and student-managed amenity centres. The Hostel office consisting of Hostel Manager, one Senior Superintendent, and supporting staff looks after the day-to-day operations. The fourteen hostels are:

Garnet A
Garnet B
Opal (Ladies)


Administration Buildings

NITT Administration BlockThe Administrative Building, popularly referred to as the Ad-Block, and characterised by its clock tower houses the administrative centers of the institute as well as the offices of the Director and Deans.

The maintenance of the campus is carried out by the Estate and Electrical Maintenance Department, that carries out electrical and civil maintenance operations, the refrigeration maintenance department and the new hostel administrative office. The campus is provided with several security posts and a central security and surveillance centre. All department buildings and hostels have well trained and equipped security guards.

The Octagon
NITT's computer support facility is the Octagon Computer Center, this center is maintained by the Computer Support Group (CSG). Octagon mainly uses Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its preferred operating system, the web server runs on Fedora while email servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as OS. It has a Sun sponsored lab running Solaris. NIT-Trichy has a campus-wide-network Local Area Network with 10Gbit/s backbone and an 10 Mbit/s Internet connection through Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

Notable alumni
Shanmugam Nagappan, Senior Vice President - IT, Insight Enterprises, Dallas, USA.
Guruswami Ravichandran, Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
K. Ramesh, Professor and Head of Applied Mechanics at Indian Institute of Technology Madras(IITM);who helped found the Photoelasticity Lab in IITM, which is one of a kind in India
Satya Prabhakar, Founder and CEO of Sulekha.com - the largest portal for Indian community.
Vanitha Rangaraju-Ramanan, Technical Lighting Director of the Shrek Oscar winning team. Vanitha graduated from REC Trichy with a bachelor degree in Architecture. Since her Oscar winning movie, she has spoken in NIT Trichy in the A2 hall to proud faculty members of the Architecture department. She is an inspiration to many budding Architects in NITT.
Ram Krishnamurthy, made it to the MIT Technology Review magazine 2006, Top 35 Young Innovators List. He graduated from NIT-Trichy in Electrical engineering.
Srikanth Padmanabhan, is Vice President and General Manager of Cummins Emissions Solutions based in Columbus, IN, USA. Srikanth holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy (Class of 1985) and a Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1991.
Jana Kanyadan, is the Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer for American Public Media, based in Minneapolis/St Paul, USA. Jana graduated in 1991 from REC Trichy (Mechanical Engineering), has a Masters from Iowa State University and MBA from Duke University.
N. Chandrasekaran, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Tata Consultancy services
R. Chandrasekharan , President and Managing Director , Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Kumar Ramaswamy, Chief Technology Officer and ex-Worldwide Head of Research, Thomson Inc., a French Media and Entertainment Company. Kumar was also awarded the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award in 2000 by the IEEE Institute's Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society He has an MSEE from Vanderbilt, MS(Mathematics) and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As of March 2008, he holds 56 US patents.
Dr. KR Sridhar, Former advisor to NASA on Mars missions and nanotechnology. Fortune Magazine recognized him as "One of the Top Five Futurists that are inventing tomorrow, today".
Jacob Kurien, Former Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Titan Industries's Jewellery Business Unit
Shri T.Sankaralingam, Chairman & Managing Director of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited
Shri R.Ravimohan, Managing Director & CEO of CRISIL. the India's first Electronic Stock Exchange and World fourth largest credit rating company. He is a member of technical advisory committee for the Reserve Bank of India and is an MBA from Harvard Business School
S. Janakiraman, President & CEO of R&D Services of Mindtree Consulting
Vice Admiral SKK Krishnan
S. Daniel, Founder and CEO at Gaea Global

[edit] Student life
The spirit of being in NITT is the freedom one gets, to explore life, without compulsions, without any crushing force from academic pressures; generally people pursue one or more skills, join clubs and groups to work for their own self on something disconnected from academics.[9]

The best part about NIT-Trichy (specially engineering courses) is that the intake of students is from all over India. Students have to secure top ranks in the very competitive All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) to obtain admissions (50% of the seats are reserved for students from Tamil Nadu and the other 50% of the seats are reserved for the rest of India). The end result is that for any branch, there are students of different states/culture/language. As most of the students stay in the campus hostels, it gives them a chance to get to know each other better. Everyone learns to respect the different lifestyles of each individual.

Extracurricular activities include participation in NCC, NSS, literary clubs, trekking clubs, photographic clubs and students' chapters of IEEE, SPICMACAY, Entrepreneurship Cell, CRY. A modern gymnasium and other sports facilities are also available in the campus.

Festivals Prominent events at NITT include Festember, a 3 day cultural extravaganza for colleges in the region. Technical symposia are conducted by the departments, during the months of January to March, every year.

FESTEMBER, an annual cultural and literary festival, held in the month of September.
PRAGYAN , an annual technical festival (started in 2005).
NITTFEST, an annual inter-departmental cultural and literary festival.
Student Organizations


Entrepreneurship Cell of NITT
Technical Clubs

ACM Student's Chapter (First Chapter in India)
IEEE Student Branch, NITT
Robotics and Machine Intelligence, NITT
Cultural Organizations

Dance Troupe of NITT
Music Troupe of NITT
The Thespians' Society of NITT
Balls by Picasso, the Literary Society of NITT
Cinema Paradiso
Social Clubs

CRY Club of NITT
Wisdom Club
Rotaract Club of Rock City
Rotaract Club of NITT
Leo Club of NITT
Apekshaa Club of NITT
Tamizh Mandram, NITT
Karate Club, NITT


External links
Official homepage

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