National Institute of Technology Karnataka

National Institute of Technology Karnataka
National Institute of Technology Karnataka,Surathkal
ರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಮಹಾವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ,ಸುರತ್ಕಲ್
राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान कर्नाटक,सूरतकल
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Motto Kannada: ಕಾಯಕವೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ
Hindi: तत्पूजा कर्मचाखिलम
Motto in English Work is worship
Established 1960 as the Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal
Type Institute of National Importance
Chairman Dr. Tripati
Director Prof. Sandeep Sancheti
Undergraduates 1,900
Postgraduates 490
Location Surathkal, Karnataka, India
Campus Suburban, 295 acres (1.19 km2)
Surroundings Arabian Sea and Western Ghats

The National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (Tulu, Kannada: ರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಮಹಾವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ, ಸುರತ್ಕಲ್ Hindi: राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान कर्नाटक,सूरतकल)(formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College(KREC)), is an autonomous university along the western shores of India. It was founded in July 1960 as a joint venture between the Government of Karnataka and the Government of India, under the name Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal (KREC). Today, it is one of the 30 National Institutes of Technology in India and is recognized as an Institute of National Importance. NITK Surathkal has been consistently ranked as one of the top engineering colleges in the country (see List of Engineering college rankings in India).



Main building

Karnataka Regional Engineering College began in 1960, through the efforts of U. Srinivas Mallya and V.S.Kudva. The foundation stone was laid on August 6, 1960. 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 undergraduate courses in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.

In 1966, the college started its post-graduate courses with a 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).

Further under-graduate engineering courses were added: Electronics and Communication (1971), Mining (1984), Computer Science (1986) and Information Technology (2000).

KREC came into the jurisdiction of Mangalore University when it was started in 1980. All the under-graduate courses were converted to four year terms (from five years earlier).

On June 26, 2002, KREC was renamed National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and awarded the status of a deemed university by the University Grants Commission, in a bid to provide increased autonomy in decision-making.


Located on National Highway 17, by the shores of Arabian Sea, NITK Surathkal is one of the only two universities in the world (the only one in India) with a private beach, including a lighthouse. The campus covers an area of about 295 acres (1.19 km2) and is covered by lush green vegetation in most parts.


The institute is a residential engineering college; hence all attending students are required to enroll for hostel accommodation. Students from adjoining areas can commute from home with permission from the institution. There are 12 hostel blocks - ten for undergraduate boys, one for postgraduates and one for girls.

Construction of a new mega-hostel block for boys with three towers spanning six storeys (British Convention) [1] each and housing over 1,500 single rooms has been completed, while construction for a similar mega-hostel complex for women is underway. There are 2,000 undergraduate students, 800 postgraduate students, and 200 female students. Hostels forms the basis of social life at NITK, with parties, sports activities, gym, and other events taking place. Most of the hostels are connected to the college network with optic fiber cables and 1 Gbit/s backbone connections.


NITK Surathkal offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering, Science and Management. The institute has 14 departments[2] and 11 support centres with about 200 faculty members, 300 support staff, 3300 students and 15,500 alumni worldwide.[3]

Research and industrial consulting

Research in the institute is mainly sponsored by central and state government agencies with grants for the academic year reaching Rs. 100 million.[3] Additionally newly recruited faculty are provided a seed grant of Rs. 5 lakhs 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

The B Tech admissions are based on the AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination). The exam consists of three sections on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Undergraduate admissions are on reciprocal basis regionwise. 50% of the seats are reserved for students from Karnataka.Till 2007 remaining 50% are distributed over other NITs on a reciprocal basis.But since 2008 batch remeaning 50% was made open i.e. any one from other state can claim seat.

Ten percent of the seats in the undergraduate class are reserved for foreign students under the DASA scheme. The scheme had been implemented at the IITs in the late 1990s before being removed in 2002. Admissions are based on SAT scores obtained by prospective students.

Graduate Programs

Graduate 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 studies may specialize in fields of their choice. Graduate students are required to complete a minimum number of courses in addition to a thesis or dissertation that entails independent research under the guidance of faculty. Graduate and Doctoral students are also involved in teaching certain undergraduate courses.

All India Ranking

NITK Surathkal has been consistently ranked among the top technical schools in India.

Indian university rankings
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
India Today – Best Engineering Colleges in India 8[4] 10[5] 11[6] 8[7] 6[8]
Education Times – Best Engineering Universities (All India) 9[9]
Outlook India – Top Engineering Colleges 14[10] 18[11] 14[12] 16[13] 18[14]
Dataquest – India's Best Technology Schools 9[15] 11[16]

Notable alumni

Alumni Class year Profession
Kheny, AshokAshok Kheny 1972 Director of Nandi Infrastructure and corridor Enterprise
Zacharia, ThomasThomas Zacharia Director of ORNL Computer Science and Mathematics Division
Kamath, K.V.K.V. Kamath 1969 Non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank, Chairman of Infosys
Kumar, SunilSunil Kumar 1990 Dean of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Rangayan, SridharSridhar Rangayan Filmmaker with a focus on LGBT subjects.
Ullas Karanth, K.K. Ullas Karanth Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society India Program & Leading Tiger expert
Gupta, NeerajNeeraj Gupta 1997 Director, GKB Hi-Tech

Student activities

While weekdays are spent in classrooms and labs, weekends are often spent indulging in activities organized by the college clubs.

The two most famous annual events are Engineer (a national level technical symposium) and Incident (a cultural festival). These events are planned, organized and managed by the students themselves - from fund collecting drives to the final events. The intra-college events are organized by the students' activity clubs.

The biggest intra-college event is called the Crescendo, which is a cultural festival organized by the Reading Room Committee. Students vie with other years in literary, personality, art and music competitions. Crescendo has been an annual tradition for three decades.

Local chapters of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Institution of Engineers, the Rotaract Club, the Computer Society of India, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organize events during the academic year. These include blood donation camps, cloth donation drives, coastal cleanup camps, and events conducted by the National Service Scheme (NSS) chapter of NITK.

The Rotaract Club[17] conducts social, cultural and technical events for the students and club members alike.

One of the prominent club related to automobiles Society of Automotive Engineers has an active chapter here which conducts good number of events like How stuff works, Under the hood, Can you fix it and Vintage Auto Expo.

NITK also had its racing team which participates in SAE BAJA.Last year its sister team NITK Racing FSAE participated in FSAE Michigan US 2011,the toughest circuit In the FSAE calendar .The only team from India to Participate.[18]

There are technical clubs like WEB enthusiastic club. NITK has a Linux Users Group, which promotes free and open source Linux technology. The Robotics Club at NITK is a technical society that aims to create a robotics culture in the institute. The club aims to provide adequate tools, equipment and guidance so that projects can be successful.

Dance Dramatics and Fashion Club (DDFC) organises the annual Spandan fest which provides students a platform to showcase their talent at dance and theatre.

The Engineers' Forum for Entrepreneurship Awareness (E-FOREA)[19] encourages entrepreneurial ideas from students and promotes leadership and entrepreneurship on campus. E-Pitch is their flagship business idea competition which attracts participation from all over the country.

The NITK Music Club organizes 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 Student's Activity Centre every Friday during the semester. Apart from English and Hindi releases, regional films are shown as well.

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 and acknowledged chapters in the country. It organizes concerts and lectures by masters of Indian classical art forms and strives to raise awareness of Indian culture in the surrounding regions through lectures, orientations and conventions.

The NITK Photography Club captures photos and videos of events happening in NITK. It promotes photography as a hobby among the young engineers. It conducts "Expose", which is a national level photography contest organized yearly during Incident, the annual cultural fest. The club contributes to the official yearbook, The Vitruvian.

The amateur astronomy Star Gazing Club[20] conducts night shows for the students and the faculty. It runs workshops for school students in the region. It has recently acquired a radio telescope setup from Radio Jove, and this affords the students some great opportunities in learning astronomy beyond the visible spectrum.

Literary, Stage and Debating Society (LSD) is the apex literary forum of the institute. The club holds debates, organizes plays and mainly conducts quizzes. LSD was formed in 2004 from the quiz club to cater to literary events other than quizzes. LSD is one of the best quiz clubs in India, having produced quizzers who have won competitions nationwide. Members of the club also contribute to the NITK Quiz blog, that has been active since 2008.

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.

NITK hosted it's first TEDx conference [21] in October 2011, and many influential speakers of the region were invited to talk on socially relevant issues.


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 of the institute organizes the recreational activities.RC also hold events like freshers cup,flood light cricket matches which attract many. The much awaited inter-year sports festival Phoenix is organized during the even semester where students battle for gold, silver and bronze medals, and the over-all shield. NITK sports teams participate in events all over the country such as at Inter-NIT sports meet.


Engineer (Technical Festival) is the technical symposium of NITK Surathkal. It attracts participants from all over the country. 'ENGI' as it is colloquially called by the students has as it's logo, the Penrose Triangle, and this theme has been used along with the tag-line, 'Think.. Create.. Engineer..'.

‘Engineer’ in its first edition in 2005 drew tremendous response. Engineer 2006 was planned on an even larger scale, with more innovative events. The events at Engineer 2006 included paper presentation competitions, project presentations, Shrishti, where participants are required to apply engineering for the greater good of society, robotics events (Perfect Machine, Automata), hacking contests, programming contests, design problems, and workshops and seminars. Guest speakers have included Richard Stallman, Bjarne Stroustrup, Sam Pitroda, Dr. Devi Shetty, Sir Anthony James Leggett, Kevin Warwick, and Prof. Timothy Poston.

As a forum for interaction between students and industry, Engineer has proved to be successful, with corporates providing sponsorship and conducting workshops and talks during the three day event.


Incident[22] the national level cultural festival is a celebration of the multitude of talents and experiences of students. Incident was first conducted in 1980 and has grown over the years to become one of the largest cultural festivals in South India; it attracts student participation in huge numbers.

Held over five days, the festival encompasses a gamut of events, from dance and dramatics to music, painting, fashion and quizzing. In addition, the Incident Pro-Nite features top Indian bands (INCIDENT 2011 featured Sunidhi Chauhan;Incident 2010 Golden Edition featured KK, Motherjane, Led Zepplica, DJ Nyk, DJ Oliver Moldan and Dualdrive; Incident 2009 featured DJ Nikhil Chinappa and Kunal Ganjawala; Incident 2008 featured KK; Incident 2007 featured Raghu Dixit and Indian Ocean; Incident 2006 featured Euphoria; Incident 2005 featured Parikrama, Yell-O and Vinapra) and draws crowds from all around India. Events are conducted and judged by professionals. Incident has a heritage of literary events, named QuizFest.

Former principals

  • A. S. Adke

See Also

  • List of Indian engineering college rankings


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