The National Institute of Technology, Durgapur also known as NIT Durgapur was formerly known as Regional Engineering College (REC), Durgapur. NIT Durgapur is a public engineering college which is fully-funded the Government of India and administered by an autonomous Board of Governors.
It is among the first 8 Regional Engineering Colleges established in India with an aim to function as a pace setter for engineering education in the country.
Today it is one of the 30 National Institutes of Technology in India and has been recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.
NIT Durgapur, formerly known as REC Durgapur was set up in 1960 under an Act of the Parliament of India as one of the eight such colleges to serve the growing demand for trained technical manpower. Durgapur NIT was a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of West Bengal.
The institute was founded in 1960 by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Durgapur was the dream child of Dr. Roy who took the foremost initiative in setting up the REC Durgapur.
In 1998, a High Powered Review Committee (HPRC) was set up by the Union Government for review of RECs. The HPRC, under the chairmanship of Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, submitted its report entitled “Strategic Road Map for Academic Excellence of Future RECs” in 1998. Following the recommendations of HPRC, in 2002, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India upgraded, all the 17 Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) to National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
In July 2003, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology, Durgapur. On 5 June 2007, the Parliament of India passed the National Institutes of Technology Act declaring it an Institute of National Importance which came in effect on Independence Day 2007.
In 2010, NIT-Durgapur celebrated its Golden Jubilee (completing 50 years).
About NIT Durgapur
Situated at a close proximity of NH2, NIT Durgapur spreads over an area of 187 acres of land. It is fully residential and co-educational. At present about 2500 boys and 500 girls reside in seven boys’ hostels and two girls’ hostels. The annual undergraduate intake is more than 1000 students.
The Institute is a University which awards B.Tech., M.C.A., M.Sc., M.B.A.,M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees to students after their successful completion of the specified courses. The Institute imparts education in the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,Information Technology, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental science, Materials Science and Management Studies.
The institute has 16 departments and all of them are involved in active researches which are mostly sponsored by major government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
Admission at NIT Durgapur
As decided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the procedure for selection of candidates for admission to the Bachelor Degree Courses in Engineering/Technology in National Institute of Technology Durgapur and in other NITs is on the basis of State Rank/ All India Rank (AIR) of JEE (Main) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
In addition to the normal intake, a few seats are reserved for Foreign Students who are nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India.
Financing of NIT Durgapur
The Institute receives funding of about INR 500 million per year from the Government of India. It is the first institute in Eastern India to be selected as a Lead Institute under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the Government of India funded by the World Bank.
NIT Durgapur subsidises undergraduate student fees by approximately 80% and provide scholarships to all M.Tech students and research scholars to encourage them to pursue higher studies.
NIT Durgapur Campus
NIT Durgapur enjoys one of the best academic ecosystems of the country. Presently, this prestigious residential Institute is having seven hostels for boys and three hostels for girls to accommodate about 2500 boys and 500 girl students.
The seven hostels for boys are: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Hall (Hall # 1), Jagadish Chandra Bose Hall of Residence (Hall #2), Rabindranath Tagore Hall of Residence (Hall # 3), C. V. Raman Hall of Residence (Hall # 4), Swami Vivekananda Hall of Residence (Hall # 5), Rishi Aurobindo Hall of Residence (Hall # 6) and Satyendranath Bose Hall of Residence (Hall # 9).
The three girl’s hostels are: Sister Nivedita Hall of Residence (Hall # 7 LH), Pritilata Weddedar Hall of Residence (Hall # 8 LH) and Mother Teresa Hall of Residence (Hall # 10 LH).Construction work for Hall 11 is in the last phase of completion.
The Institute has a full-fledged Physical Training Department for the students. Two playing grounds – (the Lord’s and the Oval) are for outdoor activities like cricket, football and hockey. There are courts for volleyball, basketball and lawn tennis. There is a badminton court present in each hostel. Besides the indoor game facilities available in the student hostels, there stands a Student Activity Centre, which includes an indoor auditorium and a gymnasium with latest equipment.