|National Institute of Technology Durgapur|
|Motto||उद्योगः पुरूषस्य लक्षणम्
Udyogah Purushasya Lakshanam (Sanskrit)
|Motto in English||Work Maketh a Man|
|Chairman||Prof. Bikash Sinha|
|Director||Prof. (Dr.) Tarkeshwar Kumar|
|Registrar||Col.(Retd.) Prabhdeep Singh Sandhu|
|Location||Durgapur, West Bengal, India
|Campus||Urban, 187 acres (0.8 km2)|
The National Institute of Technology Durgapur also known as NIT Durgapur or NITD, is a public engineering college located in Durgapur, West Bengal, India. Formerly known as the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur (REC Durgapur), it is among the first 8 Regional Engineering Colleges established in India and was founded in 1960 by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Administration
- 4 Campus
- 5 Student life and amenities
- 6 Accommodation
- 7 Student activity
- 7.1 Festivities
- 7.2 GNU/Linux Users' Group
- 7.3 TEAM NDORS
- 7.4 Music Club
- 7.5 Prakriti Club
- 7.6 IEEE chapter
- 7.7 Maths N Tech Club
- 7.8 Dance club
- 7.9 Enteract club
- 7.10 IIChE chapter
- 7.11 Team Robocon
- 7.12 Radio Nitroz
- 7.13 NSS (National Service Scheme)
- 7.14 ISTE(Indian Society for Technical Education)
- 8 Student organizations
- 9 Admissions
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
In order to serve the growing demand for trained technical manpower, the Government of India started 14 RECs between 1959 and 1965 (NITs located at Allahabad, Bhopal, Calicut, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Kurukshetra, Nagpur, Rourkela, Srinagar, Surathkal, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal).
The National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur) was established in 1960 under an Act of the Parliament of India as one of the eight such colleges, as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of West Bengal aimed to function as a pace setter for engineering education in the country and to foster national integration. It is a fully funded premier Technological Institution of the Government of India and is administered by an autonomous Board of Governors. The college was given autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development.
In 1998, a review committee "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.
In 2010, NIT-Durgapur celebrated its Golden Jubilee (completing 50 years).
NIT Durgapur offers graduate and undergraduate programs in engineering, science and management. The institute has 16 departments and all of them are involved in active research which are mostly sponsored by major government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
The institute has a high-voltage laboratory, the sixth of its kind in the world and the first in India. There are specialised faculty members and skilled staff members in the fields of high-voltage and high-power engineering.
The institute possesses state-of-the-art computing facilities. The Institute has a computer centre as a central computing facility for the students, scholars and the teachers of the institute. The centre has infrastructure like computer hardware and software, air-conditioned space, stabilised uninterrupted power supply and trained technical manpower. In addition, the institute has developed two laboratories that train students in computer-aided design. Each academic department has its own computer laboratory with PCs and workstations running specialised engineering and scientific packages like MATLAB, AUTOCad, STADD, IDEAS, PSpice, ANSYS, AFS, Sybase and PowerBuilder.
The whole institute is connected by a campus wide LAN using high speed Fibre Optic/UTP cables. The LAN is managed by High Level Switches and a host of Servers. In addition to this, the Administrative Offices and the Library have separate local networks running Windows Server. The Library is fully computerised using LibSys software. The Institute has a dedicated 54 Mbit/s (34 Mbit/s BSNL+ 20 Mbit/s Reliance Comm) 24X7 Internet Connectivity, which serves the Institute Internet needs.
 The computer science department has a CISCO lab in collaboration with CISCO.
On 17–20 February 2011, the Civil Engineering department (in association with Lund University, Sweden) organised an International Conference on Water Resources & Adaptation to climate changes. In November 2010, the Chemical Engineering department organised another international conference on Computation, Modelling and Optimization.
- Biotechnology 
- Chemistry 
- Chemical Engineering 
- Civil Engineering 
- Computer Application 
- Computer Science Engineering 
- Electronics and Communication Engineering 
- Electrical Engineering 
- Information Technology 
- Mechanical Engineering 
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 
- Mathematics 
- Physics 
- Management Studies 
- Humanities 
- Earth and Environmental Studies 
- High Performance Computing 
The training and placement department of the institute arranges for companies to conduct on-campus interviews to recruit students. 102 companies participated in the placement process for the academic year 2011–2012. Foreigners are not allowed to sit for any placement related activity here (Effective from 2012). 
The Library as one of the important central facilities of the Institute supports the study, teaching, research and development programmes of the Institute.It is housed in a separate building having 3 floors on a plinth area of 1000sq. mtrs. The library has a collection of 1.5lac volumes which includes text books, reference books & bound volumes of journals, standards etc. and subscribes to about 180 current journals. The book database is accessible through OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). Library operations have been automated with the help of an integrated library software package, LIBSYS-4. Circulation Services are executed through Barcode System. The book database is accessible through OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).
Circulation services are executed through barcode system. It has a good collection of Electronic resources in its digital library. It has a collection of Electronic resources in its Digital Library.It is an open access library and remains open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Wi-fi Internet facility has also been introduced inside it to facilitate freeflow of information to the users.
It has also a good IT infrastructure.It has also some audio-visual equipment like colour TVs, VCPs, video camera, direct projectors, and multimedia projectors etc.
The library is an institutional member of DELNET (Developing Library Network), American Center Library, Kolkata, NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), and Current Science Association, Bangalore. It is also a beneficiary Member of INDEST-AICTE (Indian National Digital Library in Engineering, Science & Technology) Consortium, which provides Desktop Access to high quality e-resources (online journals) like IEL Online (IEEE/IEE Electronic Library), Springer Verlag’s Link, Proquest, ACM journals, ASCE, ASME, Nature Magazine, Indian Standards (Intranet version)and ASTM journals & Standards etc. It has a good collection of learning resources. It has also a collection of several thousand E-Books on computer science (Published by Springer).
Research and collaboration
In November 2010, the Chemical Engineering department organised an international conference on Computation, Modelling and Optimization.
In 17–20 February 2011, the Civil Engineering department of the Institute (in association with Lund University, Sweden) organised another international conference on Water Resources & Adaptation to climate changes.
Every year, a batch of 4 academically excellent students, who have just completed their 6th semester, selected across all departments by an internal panel are sent to CERN, Geneva, to pursue research work there.
- Scholarship in the United States of America
- Scholarship in Europe.
- Scholarship in Australia
The rest of NIT Durgapur's organisational structure is distinct from that of the other NITs. The Board of Governors of NIT Durgapur is the highest body in the administrative setup of the Institute under the NIT Council. It is headed by Prof. Bikash Sinha,  the former director of VECC and Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, and has 12 members that include representatives from the state and central governments, the university, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Indian Institute of Technology, industry and the Faculty of the Institute.
Under the board of governors is the institute's director, Prof. (Dr.) Tarkeshwar Kumar, who serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the institute. He is aided by the deputy director. Under the director and the deputy director are the deans, heads of departments, registrar, president of the students' council, and chairman of the hall management committee.
The registrar, Col.(Retd.) Prabhdeep Singh Sandhu  is the chief administrative officer and oversees day-to-day operations. He is the custodian of records, funds, and other properties of the institute.
Under the charge of the heads of departments (HODs) are the faculty (full-time professors as well as those of associate and assistant status). The wardens of hostels are placed under the chairman of the hall management committee in the organisation.
The Institute receives funding of about Rs.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. Research in the institute is sponsored by government agencies including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). 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.
The academic policies of the institute are decided by its senate. It consists of all professors of the institute, and administrative and student representatives. The senate controls and approves the curriculum, courses, examinations and results and appoints committees to look into academic matters. The teaching, training and research activities of the institute are reviewed by the senate to maintain educational standards. The director serves as the ex-officio chairman of the senate.
NIT Durgapur follows the credit-based system of performance evaluation, with proportional weighting of courses based on their importance. The total marks (usually out of 100) form the basis of grades, with a grade value (out of 10) assigned to a range of marks. For each semester, the students are graded by taking a weighted average from all the courses with their respective credit points. Each semester's evaluation is done independently with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) reflecting the average performance across semesters. The medium of instruction is English.
The institute is located about 161 km north-west of Kolkata on the Howrah-Delhi railway route, overlooking the Grand Trunk Road (NH-2), covering 187 acres (0.8 km2) of land.
NIT Durgapur enjoys one of the best academic ecosystems as this institute falls under India's richest educational belt, constituting of IIT Kharagpur, Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) Kolkata, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) Durgapur, Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Bengal Engineering and Science University,Shibpur, Jadavpur University Kolkata, National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics Kolkata, Calcutta University, Presidency University, Kolkata, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, Viswabharati University and many other leading Research Institutes which are located in and around Kolkata.
Student life and amenities
There are many facilities for the students to engage themselves in extra-curricular activities. The Institute has a full fledged Physical Training Department for the students. Students are trained in various sports and games by well experienced and qualified coaches arranged by the Department of Physical Training. 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. A number of fests are held both in the odd and the even semesters. Cricket, football, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, basketball and volleyball are the common sports activities that keep the students busy. 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. The auditorium provides table tennis and badminton facilities. Every year, inter-college cricket and football tournaments are organised. Students also participate in various sports and games competitions elsewhere. The students run many hobby clubs, including a photography club, music club, dance club and an Enteract club. The institute organises its annual cultural festival, Recstacy, every year and various inter-college cultural competitions are also organised.
The students publish literary and technical articles in an annual magazine. To motivate the students in social services, the institute has a unit of the National Service Scheme (NSS). The students of this unit render social services in the nearby rural areas.
There is a medical unit-cum-hospital with arrangement for both indoor and outdoor treatment of the patients. The medical unit is served by two resident doctors and other medical staff around the clock. For any specialised treatment the patients are referred to the state government hospital situated at the other end of the city or another advanced medical centre.
A number of stationery shops are spread throughout the campus. There is a shopping complex within the campus which allows the students to cope up with all their daily necessities. There are a number of eateries distributed throughout the campus. The college also has two State Bank of India ATM machines along with a State Bank of India and a Canara Bank branch inside the campus
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur is a residential Institute. There are seven hostels for boys and three hostels for girls to accommodate the about 2500 boys and 500 girls students. The canteen for the students and the staff is located near rear exit of the main academic building of the Institute.
The most of the teachers and the staff members reside in the residential quarters provided by the Institute. A modern Guest House beside the Director's Bungalow extends hospitality to the guests of the Institute. It is a double storied building with modern living facilities overlooking a garden and tall sal trees all around. The guests of faculty members and students are also accommodated there with advanced booking as per availability. In the middle of the residential area there is a Shopping Complex. Branch offices of two nationalized banks State Bank of India and Canara Bank are there in the campus, both near the main academic building. A Post office is also there within the Institute Campus.
Halls of residence:
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Hall (Hall # 1)
- Jagadish Chandra Bose Hall of Residence (Hall #2)
- Ravindranath 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)
- Sister Nivedita Hall of Residence (Hall # 7 LH)
- Pritilata Weddedar Hall of Residence (Hall # 8 LH)
- Satyendranath Bose Hall of Residence (Hall # 9)
- Mother Teresa Hall of Residence (Hall # 10 LH)
- Hall 11 (for first year undergraduate students)
- Hall 12 (currently under-construction)
Recstacy, popularly known as REX, is the annual social & cultural festival of National Institute of Technology, Durgapur and is held for 4 nights and 3 days, towards the end of February every year. It draws a footfall of about 8,000 students from colleges across the country. After a hectic schedule all through the year, the students of the campus and beyond look forward to these four days of unrestrained fun. The venue is rife all night long with throngs of students enjoying to the hilt. The festival not only brings together all NIT-students but also students from other colleges of eastern India who wish to enthrall in the myriads of artists.
Aarohan is the Annual National Techno-Management festival organised by the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, West Bengal, India. Aarohan is organised during even semesters and lasts for four days. It is aimed at technical, arts as well as management students by offering a plethora of events, including lectures, seminars, workshops, competitions, paper presentations, exhibitions, quizzes, model displays and robotics events.
Other Fests include Mukti, Motor Zundung, Ank and Verve.
GNU/Linux Users' Group
The institute has an active Linux Users Group (LUG). GNU/Linux Users' Group, NIT Durgapur was formed to popularise Linux and Free and Open Source software beyond the silicon branches and to the masses in common. Established in 2004 by some of the most brilliant technology enthusiasts of the institute, it started its operations with a single PC and a handful of visionaries. Over time, the group has become one of the most active student groups of the college, and further establishing itself as one of the foremost open-source advocates of the entire nation. The group conducts regular workshops, seminars and tutorials inside the college. In addition to that, the group organises talks and seminars in other colleges across the city of Durgapur as well.
The most important event of the group is an annual national level technical symposium on Linux and FOSS, called Mukti. Mukti is the largest event of its kind in Eastern India, and it provides a platform for students nationwide to share their knowledge and intellect.
Mukti attracts participation from students all over Eastern India, with as many as a thousand people involved in the onsite events. The online events attract participation from almost all countries in the world, with Codecracker, the group's flagship event, attracting participants from 162 countries last year.
Team NDORS (NIT Durgapur Off-road sports) is the official SAE BAJA team of NIT Durgapur under the banner of SAE Durgapur chapter. Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars. The cars all have engines of the same specifications.The team is supervised by professors of Dept of Mechanical Engineering.
It is one of the important club of NIT Durgapur. It is a rising club and has a very bright and promising future. The club has given some unbelievable performances recently. AMAN AHUJA (2010–2014) took the lead of the club and changed the entire scenario of the club . It is presently lead by final years N SAMBIT SUMAN, RANA SAHA, THINLEY YANGZOM & SAYAN GHOSH.
Prakriti-The Environmental club of NIT Durgapur. It is the club that plays important role to promote awareness especially in the field of environmental issues. This is the only club which conducts the events(Plantation,Green Diwali, Green Art, Marathon(ruNIT), Village tour, Earth Hour) during the entire academic year.
We the People of Prakriti- The Environmental Club of NIT Durgapur, strive to make a difference and inculcate the seed of awareness and action in the minds of prospective engineers to make this environment a sustainable place for every living being. Our motto is to change the notion that Engineers do not care for environment into making every individual on campus, a GreenEngineer, who minimizes the risk of pollution that might be caused with new inventions or breakthrough researches in technology.
As a club, we imbibe to the values our Mother Nature has taught us: Perseverance, Sustenance and Progress. Right from its rootage, Team Prakriti has made true those envisions of the founders of our club and crossed many milestones ever since its onset. We conduct our events throughout the year, reminding and awaking the slumbered minds, the importance of environment and its preservation.
Green Art: The first and foremost event of our club conducted in odd semester. Green Art is all about expression of one’s thoughts and concern towards nature and environment through Art. We conduct Essay Writing Competition, Poster Making and Collage Making Competition under Green Art. A photo was shown on the spot for the Essay Writing Competition, based on which, the participants write their essays.
Plantation: During monsoon, when the rains avail the nascence of small saplings, we conduct Plantations. Saplings provided by the Forest Dept. of Durgapur are planted in various areas inside the campus.
Green Diwali: When it’s the festival of lights, we celebrate with the residents of NIT in an eco-friendly way. Team Prakriti propagates the propaganda of avoiding fire-crackers which cause pollution and are harmful. We conduct Diya Making Competition which has the participants making eco-friendly diyas, and also Rangoli Making Competition on Diwali.
Campus Cleaning: This is one of the events we Earth Warriors are tagged, by most of the inhabitants of this campus. We find this as a responsibility to clean up our own home before trying to reform the whole wide world. Teams are divided among which we, the team along with volunteers from NSS and interested people for the cause try cleaning up the campus from non-degradable plastic.
RUNIT: It is a 7 km mini-marathon run promoting the cause of preserving of nature and earth’s resources. Athletes and non-athletes join this marathon which is conducted during mid-February every year to make it a successful event.
Village Trip: It is an exclusive trip by the core members of the club who visit a village every year and bring up solutions to the existing environmental problems of that village. It is synonymous to village-adoption, and observe the changes and improvements of that particular village.
Earth Hour: The star event which involves the candle march in and outside the campus by the students of NIT Durgapur organized our team has won many accolades. The lights are put out for an hour during which candle march is proceeded. The support provided by the management and of the campus and the professors is praiseworthy.
Maths N Tech Club
The institute has an active club MNTC which is responsible for holding events round the year which nurtures the intellect of yound and old minds alike. It is a non-profit club of NIT Durgapur and its activities include ANK (its annual "Knowledge Fest") held around in the months of August–September. It features a host of events like Terrorist Takedown, Matrix, Constructo, Simplex etc. inviting people from all fields to actively participate in it and share knowledge.
The Dance Club of NIT Durgapur is one of the oldest, most famous and favourite club of the college. It represents college in all the college festivals and events and at various Inter-College Dance competitions, serving College with its Talent many time. The existing members search for fresh passionate and creative talent from the college freshers every year.
Enteract Club is the official dramatics club of NIT Durgapur and plays an important role to promote cultural activities especially in the field of dramatics and film making. They are well known for their street plays which help in awarding people about different important social issues. Enteract Club has won several laurels for the college in dramatics events organized in various national level fests at IIT DELHI, IIT KHARAGPUR, IIM CALCUTTA, ISM DHANBAD and has also won an International Competition at Management Development Institute of Singapore.
The Chemical Engineering department's very own students' society ChESS has taken initiative and has opened a chapter of IIChe. It provides guidance to chemical engineering students of the college. The opening of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter has also helped the chemical engineering students to get internships much more easily. It has also enabled students to take part in National and International events like CHEMCON, SCHEMCON.
ROBOCON is robots, transporting them and the registration fees for the competition. The team is supervised by professors from the Electronics, Computer Science and the Mechanical Engineering Department.
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Radio Nitroz was formed in the year 2006-2007. Radio Nitroz is the 3rd successful LAN based radio among all IITs and NITs. The basic intention of the formation of this club or better say family is to communicate with the "Aam Janta" of the college, be a college media and fill the campus with our bakar and fun. We have been very popular for our radio shows on LAN and the Live Dedications we used to do for hours every night.
NSS (National Service Scheme)
NSS is a society which strives to inculcate good social habits among the students. Its activities include cleaning of the campus, spreading awareness about the environment, visits to nearby slums to improve empathy towards the deprived classes, organising Blood Donation Camps.
ISTE(Indian Society for Technical Education)
The Indian Society for Technical Education is a national, professional, non-profit making Society registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. First started in 1941 as the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions (APTI), it was converted into "Indian Society for Technical Education" in 1968 with a view to enlarge its activities to advance the cause of technological education.The major objective of the ISTE is to assist and contribute in the production and development of top quality professional engineers and technicians needed by the industries and other organisations. Being the only national organisation of educators in the field of Engineering and Technology, ISTE effectively contributes in various missions of the Union Government. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, CTE/DST/MIT/State Govts. are well associated with the ISTE for programmes relating to technical education. 46 members
- Technology Students' Gymkhana
- Centre for Cognitive Activities
- Gnu/Linux Users' Group, NIT Durgapur
- Literary Circle
- Maths & Tech Club
- SAE India Students' Chapter
- ASME India Students' Chapter
- IEEE India Students' Chapter
- Dance Club
- Music Club
- ISTE (Indian Society of Technical Education) Durgapur Chapter
- Enteract Club (Dramatics Society)
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 undergraduate courses are highly competitive, through the [JEE MAIN], conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and the same is executed through counselling by Central Seat Allocation Board, JEE MAIN under guidance from MHRD, GOI as per schedule notified by CSAB. 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 of Cultural Relations, Government of India and DASA students. Admission to post graduate programs like M.Tech requires competitive scores in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and Common Admission Test (CAT) for MBA and National Institute of Technology MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET) for MCA.
The fees for the Indian students are quite reasonable owing to the fact that most of the education is subsidised by the Govt. of India. The semester fees for a student admitted in Fall 2012 was $570 (Rs. 31,017). For foreign students from SAARC countries under DASA scheme, the fees were $1750 (Rs. 95,375) and from the Non-SAARC countries under DASA scheme, the fees were $3500 (Rs. 1,90,749).
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- High Voltage Laboratory in NIT, Durgapur
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- About Prof. Bikash Sinha
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- About Col.(Retd.) Prabhdeep Singh Sandhu
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