National Institute of Technology, Srinagar (NITSRI or NIT Srinagar) is a public technical university located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and as such is directly under the control of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It was established in 1960 as one of several Regional Engineering Colleges established as part of the Second Five Year Plan (1956–61) by the Government of India. It is governed by the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007 which has declared it as Institute of National Importance.
NITSRI admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Mains), previously AIEEE. It has 12 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences programs.
Key Description of National Institute of Technology, Srinagar:
Former Name: Regional Engineering College, Srinagar
Motto: Lead me from Darkness to Light
Type: Public Technical University
Chairman: M.J. Zarabi
Director: Rakesh Sehgal
Location: Srinagar, Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, 190006, India
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NIT Srinagar History
NITSRI was established in 1960 as the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar. It was one of the first eight Regional Engineering Colleges established by Government of India during the first Five Year Plan. The institute shifted to its present campus in 1965. The Regional Engineering College, Srinagar was upgraded to become the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar in July, 2003. In the same year, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the University Grants Commission, All India Council of Technical Education and the Government of India. On 15 August 2007 it became an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Bill passed by the parliament of India.
NIT Srinagar Location
The institute is located on the western bank of Dal Lake near the Hazratbal Shrine in the north eastern region of the Srinagar city. The institute is located 23 km from the Srinagar International Airport and 13 km from Srinagar railway station.
NIT Srinagar Admissions
The admissions to undergraduate through Joint Entrance Examination (Main) (JEE-Main) or Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) (through SAT), for non-resident Indians. Admission to postgraduate courses is done based on Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores, through Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) for M.Tech courses and though Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. for M.Sc. courses.
NIT Srinagar Academics
The university includes eight engineering departments, for chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering, and information technology, as well as four physical sciences departments for physics, chemistry, humanities and maths.
Campus and Student Life
NIT campus is on the bank of Dal Lake. University of Kashmir and Hazratbal Shrine are at walkable distance. The NIT SRI campus comprises academic buildings, student hostels with a 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff and students. The Health Center provides medical care to students, teachers, staff and their family members.
The Central Library is automated and provides services seven days a week, catering to more than 3500 users belonging to 12 departments and centres. The library houses 75,000 books.
There are a campus-wide fibre optic and Wi-Fi network, which covers all the departments, teachers' quarters, and students' hostels. There are a central computer lab and computer labs in each Departments. Institute is also part of high speed National Knowledge Network.
The Institute provides separate hostels for the male and female students with separate mess facilities. There are also guest houses available to meet additional temporary housing needs.
NIT Srinagar Halls of Residence
- Indus Boys Hostel (for 2nd year B.Tech students).
- Chenab Boys Hostel (for 3rd year B.Tech students).
- Tawi Boys Hostel (for Mtech and PhD students)
- Mansar and Manasbal hostel( For Ist Year B.Tech Students)
- Jehlum Boys Hostel (for 4th year B.Tech students)
- 8-Block Dal Boys' Hostel (For 4th and 3rd-year B.Tech Students)
Girls' Hostel (Combined for B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD girl students) (All Years)
For the first three years of Btech, each hostel room is shared by 4 students each while in the 4th year each student is allotted a single room in Jhelum hostel. The rooms in Jhelum hostel are allotted on the basis of CGPA(up to 5th semester). The students who are not able to get a single room in Jhelum hostel are allotted Dal hostels where the students reside in the ratio of 2 students per room. The M-tech students and PhD scholars are allotted the Tawi hostel during their stay on the campus. In Tawi hostel, each room is shared by three students.
There is a Common Hall, adjacent to the hostels, which provides facilities for indoor games like table-tennis and carom, along with a gymnasium. The Institute has a Maintenance Engineering Centre set up under the Indo-Italian collaboration. The centre caters to the maintenance engineering needs of the Institute and as the region as a whole in respect of research, consultancy and academics.
Techvaganza is the national-level technical festival of NIT Srinagar. It last occurred in 2018.
NIT Srinagar Notable Alumni
- Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer, innovator and education reformist.
- Subhash Kak, computer scientist, Regents Professor and a previous
- Head of Computer Science Department at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Vijay Vaishnavi, computer information systems researcher and scholar
- Mansoor Ali Khan, member of the 13th Lok Sabha
- Shehla Rashid, Indian student activist.
- Davoud Danesh-Jafari, minister of economy and finance affairs of Iran.
- Narinder Kumar Gupta, academician and Padma Shri awardee.