About National Institute Of Technology Calicut
National Institute Of Technology, Calicut is a federally funded technical university established by an act of the Indian Parliament, located at Kattangal in Chathamangalam which is situated 22 km north-east of Kozhikode (Calicut) city in Kerala, India. It was formerly known as Calicut Regional Engineering College (CREC). NITC is one of the 20 National Institutes of Technology established by the Government of India for imparting technical education to students from all over the country.
NITC is among the very few institutions in the country to boast a Supercomputer of its own. It stretches over a length of about 1.5 Kilometers along the Calicut-Mukkam road. The nearest airport is Calicut, which is approximately 45 km away from the campus. The fully residential NITC campus houses academic buildings, hostels, residences and other amenities among its infrastructure. The Institute is presently offering 10 UG programs with a total intake of 1030 and 25 PG programs including MBA with a total intake of 495. The Doctoral level research has remarkably increased in recent times, and there has also been a substantial increase in sponsored research and consultancy.
Mission and Vision
To develop high-quality technical education and personnel with a sound footing on basic engineering principles, technical and managerial skills, innovative research capabilities, and exemplary professional conduct to lead and to use technology for the progress of mankind, adapting themselves to changing technological environment with the highest ethical values as the inner strength.
Vision: International standing of the highest calibre
NITC was set up in 1961 as Regional Engineering College, Calicut (CREC) as the ninth of its kind and the first one to be established during the Third Five-Year Plan period. Until the formation of Calicut University in 1963, the institute was affiliated with Kerala University. It was largely due to the efforts of Pattom Thanu Pillai, then Chief Minister of Kerala, that the institute came into being. Prof. S. Rajaraman, the first principal of Government Engineering College, Thrissur was appointed as the special officer in 1961 to organise the activities of the college until Dr M. V. Keasva Rao took charge as the first principal of the college.
The classes were initially held at the Government Polytechnic at West Hill, Calicut before it moved to its present campus in 1963. The college started with an annual intake of 125 students for the undergraduate courses, on a campus of 120 acres (0.49 km2).
The intake for the undergraduate courses was increased to 250 in 1966, 150 for the first year and 100 for the preparatory course. The annual intake was reduced from 250 to 200 from the year 1968-69 on account of the industrial recession.
After Prof S. Unnikrishnan Pillai took charge as principal in 1983, the Training and Placement Department was started to organise campus recruitments for students. The college moved into the area of Information Technology in 1984 with the commissioning of multi-user PSI Omni system and HCL workhorse PCs. In 1987 the college celebrated 25 years of its existence, and postgraduate courses were started. The CEDTI was established on the campus the following year.
In 1990 Shankar Dayal Sharma inaugurated the Architecture Department Block and construction of a computer centre was completed. In 1996, the institute website (the first in Kerala) was launched. The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode functioned from the NIT Calicut campus in its first few years of existence before moving to its new campus in Kunnamangalam in 2003.
Situated down in the foothills of the Western Ghats, the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC) is located about 22 kilometres north-east of Calicut City. Apart from the academic buildings the campus also has facilities for sports and games, a gymnasium, swimming pool, auditorium, open-air theatre, canteen, bank, post office and a shopping centre.
The institute also has a well-equipped library, a digital library, 2 MBPS Internet connectivity, a computer centre that functions round-the-clock, a lecture hall complex, an Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), a Product Development Centre, an Industry-Institute Linkage Cell, a Learning Resources Development Centre, a Centre for Value Education, laboratories and workshops for all kinds of study.
ATM facility is available in the campus from State Bank of India and ICICI bank.
There are two major annual events National Institute of Technology Calicut, First held in the monsoon semester, ‘Tathva’ which is the techno-management festival and the second one is ‘Ragam’ a cultural festival which is organized in the winter semester.
Tathva has over the years become to be regarded as one amongst the major technical festival of South India. Its aim is at inspiring modernism and technical curiosity among student and consciousness among the public.
Ragam is the cultural fest of NITC where institutions and universities all over Kerala and exterior the state participate in events like dance competitions and wide-ranging as trivia quizzes.
There are many student organizations at NITC like the ISTE (Indian Society for Technical Education), Club Mathematica, Students Chapter, the L&D (Literary & Debating Club), IPF (the Industrial & Planning Forum), Enquire (The NITC Quiz Club), ICA (the Indian Cultural Association) and the Nature Club organize a range of activities during the year.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, accorded NIT status to REC Calicut in June 2002 granting it academic and administrative autonomy. It was a lead institute under the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) which began in 2002.
In 2003, students were first admitted to the flagship undergraduate B.Tech through the All India Engineering Entrance Exam. With the passing of the National Institutes of Technology Act in May 2007, NIT Calicut was declared an Institute of National Importance. The National Institutes of Technology Act is the second legislation for technical education institutions after the Indian Institutes of Technology Act of 1961. In 2007 NIT Calicut raised its annual intake for its undergraduate program to 570.
NIT Calicut is one among the top 20 Engineering Colleges / Schools in India and the Best Engineering College in Kerala ( as per 2009 rankings of Dataquest / India Today / Times of India / Live Mint / Hindustan Times / Competition Success/Outlook).
In the Dataquest IDC-NASSCOM India T-School Rankings, NIT Calicut was ranked 9th in 2008. It was ranked 14th overall in India in 2006 and 15th in 2007.
In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (as of July 2009), NIT Calicut is ranked 16th in India. It was ranked 10th in January 2008.
NITC is among the very few institutions in the country to have a Supercomputer of its own. The Supercomputer PURNA (Parallel Universal Remote Numerical Analyser) which is accessible from anywhere in the campus and is provided for the use of all students and faculty members. PURNA has a peak speed of 1.5 Tera FLOPS.
About the City
Coordinates: 11 19′ N, 75 56′ E
Area: 2345 square km;
Population : 30,89,543 (2011 census)
Green Cover: 17%
Altitude: Sea Level
Clothing: Light Cotton
Rainfall 3117 mm
Languages: Hindi, English, Arabic, Malayam
Festivals: Malabar Mahotsavam, Sivarathri, Utsavam
STD Code: 0495
The climate at Calicut is tropical and moderate with temperature ranging from 20 to 34 degree Celsius and high humidity. Calicut experiences heavy rainfall from June to August, moderate rainfall during October-November and mild winter during December-January. Candidates are advised to bring adequate rain gear.