The Central Government in consultation with the Planning Commission had sanctioned a scheme of establishment of Regional Engineering Colleges under the Third Five Year Plain in order to expand the facilities for technical education in the country during the plan period. The Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra was one of the seventeen colleges in the country.

Vide letter No. 16-4/60-T.5, dated the 26th February, 1962 from the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs, New Delhi, it was established in the year 1963 as a joint and cooperative enterprise of Govt. of India and the State Government of Haryana to serve the State of Haryana and the rest of the country for imparting technical training to youth and for fostering national integration. Its objective was to provide instructions and research facilities in various disciplines of engineering and technology and the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge in each such discipline.

The first admission to five year B.Sc. (Engg.) degree course was made by the Institute in July, 1963 at Punjab Engineering College , Chandigarh and Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala , with an intake of 60 students at each place. This was repeated in July, 1964 also. The Institute started functioning on its present campus at Kurukshetra from the year 1965-66. The students were admitted to the first year of the five year integrated B.Sc.(Engg.) degree courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. In 1967-68, M.Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering were introduced. In 1971-72, a degree course in Electronics & Communication Engineering and a Post-graduate Diploma Course in Scientific Instrumentation were started. In 1976-77, part time M.Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in Electronics & Communication Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering were started. The first registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was done in July, 1967.

The Institute switched over to the four year B.Tech.Degree course with effect from 1985-86. The Course has since been designated as Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.). The M. Sc.(Engg.) degree in various disciplines has since been renamed as M.Tech. degree with effect from the session 1983-84. In 1987-88, B.Tech. degree course in Computer Engineering and M.Tech. degree Course in Electronics Engineering were started. In 1989-90, M.Tech. degree course in Water Resources Engineering was started in the Department of Civil Engineering. A special two semesters M.Tech. degree course in Instrumentation for candidates holding P.G. Diploma in Scientific Instrumentation has been introduced from January, 1988.

Three year Special Degree Course, ‘Bachelor of Engineering’ for in-service diploma holders was introduced from the session 1982-83 in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. This course was fully funded by Govt. of Haryana. The Govt. of Haryana has discontinued the course w.e.f. 2001-02.

During the period 1963 to 2001, there have been considerable achievements in the academic as well as development areas.

The REC Kurukshetra was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 25th April, 1964.

Vide letter No. F.9-10/2002-U.3 dated 26.6.2002 the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi has upgraded the REC Kurukshetra to National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra with the status of Deemed University w.e.f. 26.6.2002. The NIT Kurukshetra has also been registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 9th April, 2003. The new Memorandum of Association has also been formulated under the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, Haryana is a premier Technical Institute of the region. The institute started working as Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra in 1963. Like other Regional Engineering Colleges of India this institution too, had been a joint enterprise of the State and Central Governments. This Institute was conferred upon status of Deemed University on June 26, 2002. Since then it has been renamed as National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.

The Institute started functioning in its present campus at Kurukshetra in 1965-66 with 120 students admitted in the first year of the Five-Year Courses of study for the B.Sc. (Engg.) Degree in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The annual intake was increased to 250 students in 1966-67. B.Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in Electronics and Communication Engineering was added in 1971-72. in 1967-68 M. Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in Electronics and Communication Engineering was added in 1971-72. In 1967-68 M. Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and in 1971-72, a Postgraduate diploma in Scientific instrumentation were also started. In July, 1976 Part-Time M. Sc. ( Engg.) degree courses in Electronics and Communication Engineering and instrumentation were started. The First registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was made in July, 1967.

The Institute changed over to the 4-year B.Tech. Degree courses with effect from the academic year 1985-86. The new courses was designated as B. Tech. The annual intake in B.Tech programme at present is 540.

Special three-year degree courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, designated as ‘Bachelor of Engineering for in-service engineering diploma holders were introduced from the session 1982-83. However, these courses were discontinued by the Govt. of Haryana in the year 2000.

The 2-year M.Sc. (Engg.) degree courses in various disciplines were redesignated as M. Tech. degree courses with effect form the session 1983-84. Now the duration of the Courses is 2 years. The annual intake in M.Tech programme at present is 165.

From the session 1987-88, the Institute introduced a four-year B. Tech. degree programme in Computer Engineering with an intake of 30 students. The institute also introduced a full time M. Tech. Degree courses in Electronics and Communication Engineering with and intake of 13. The intake of B. Tech. Electronics and communication Engineering degree courses was increased from 30 to 60 from the session 1987-88. Full time M. Tech. degree courses in Water Recourses (Civil Engineering Dept.) was introduced in 1989-90.

In the session 2006-07, the Institute introduced a two-year MBA programme and two four-year B. Tech. degree programmes in Information Technology and Industrial Engineering Management. From the session 2007-08, the Institute started a three-year MCA programme. Each of these newly introduced courses has intake of 60 students.

In addition to providing instructions in various disciplines of Engineering and Technology at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, the Institute offers excellent facilities for advanced research in the emerging areas of Science and Technology. The syllabus and the curricula are constantly being updated to meet the growing demands and need of the country in different areas of technology. The infrastructure is geared to enable the Institute to turn out technical personnel of a high quality.


The campus extends over an area of 300 acres imaginatively laid down on a picturesque landscape. It presents a spectacle of harmony in architecture and natural beauty. The campus has been organised into three functional sectors:

Hostels for the students : Hostels for students are located towards Eastern side of the campus in the form of cluster. Three storey buildings of hostels provide comfortable accommodation and pleasing environment to students.

Instructional buildings and Residential sector for the staff: The instructional buildings have been located between the two residential sectors in order to reduce walking distance. A full fledged health centre manned by qualified doctors, a Post Office and a branch of the State Bank of India are located at convenient points on the Campus.

The Organisational Chart

NIT Kurukshetra organisation chart


In the administration of the Institute, the Director is the Principal Academic and Executive Officer of the Institute and is responsible for the proper administration of the Institute and for imparting instructions and maintenance of discipline therein. He is assisted in his day to day work by Deans, Chairmen of the Departments, Professor-in-Charges, Registrar and other Officers and various committees of the Institute.

Chairperson : Prof. J.K. Palit

jk palitProf. J.K. Palit is an eminent educationist, scholar and social worker having held several important positions in the Central/State Government in Bihar and the country. He has a teaching experience of about 30 years in the Post Graduate Department of Chemistry, Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya (Bihar) besides being a prominent Congress leader being elected as a Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly three times. He was first elected to the Bihar Assembly from Gaya town constituency as a Congress candidate in 1980 and was also a Minister of State in the Govt. of Bihar. He has been actively associated with various educational institutions in different capacities as member of Senate, Syndicate & Board of Management of Magadh, Patna and Rajendra Agriculture University during the last 40 years.

Shri J.K.Palit has been appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology,Kurukshetra by President of India who is also Visitor of NITs established under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India in March, 2009 for a term of three years. The post of Chairperson of Board of Governors is of the status of Chancellor of a Central University.

He was founder Secretary of Magadh Engineering College, Gaya in 1980 which was later taken over by Govt. of Bihar in 1986 and is now a Govt. Engineering College.

He is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification nominated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India since 2006.

His contribution in the field of Adult Education Programme in the country has been very significant . He is a member of the National Literacy Mission Authority Executive Committee & National Council since 2006.

He has attended National & International Conference as Indian Delegate on several occasions in India and abroad and Chaired different sessions.

He is also nominated as a Member of the Governing Body and National Council of the National Council of Rural Institutes, Hyderabad established under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India to give momentum to the concept of new pattern of Rural Universities to be developed and consolidated on the Gandhian Policy of Basic Education and Nai Talim.

Director: Dr. Anand Mohan

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