List of NITs


About NITs

The National Institute of Technology (NITs), are premier engineering, science, technology & management colleges in India comprising of thirty autonomous universities located in one each major state/ territory of India. Since their inception decades ago, all NIT’s were referred as Regional Engineering Colleges (REC’s) and were governed by their respective state governments. A parliamentary legislation in 2002 brought them under the direct purview of India’s federal government. In 2007, through another legislation, the Indian government declared these schools as Institutes of National Importance at par with the Indian Institutes of Technology.

NIT’s History

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru sought to develop India as a leader in science and technology. The Government started fourteen RECs between 1959 and 1965, at Bhopal, Allahabad, Calicut, Durgapur, Kurukshetra, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Nagpur, Rourkela, Srinagar, Surathkal, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal). It established one in Silchar in 1967 and added two others located at Hamirpur in 1986, and Jalandhar in 1987.

The RECs were jointly operated by the central government and the concerned state government. The success of technology-based industry led to high demand for technical and scientific education. Due to the enormous costs and infrastructure involved in creating globally respected Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), in 2002 MHRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi decided to upgrade RECs to “National Institutes of Technology” (NITs) instead of creating IITs. The central government controls NITs and provides all funding. In 2003, all RECs became NITs.