About National Institute of Technology,Silchar

NIT Silchar Campus Photo

National Institute Of Technology,Silchar (NIT Silchar) , an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Act was established in 1967 as a Regional Engineering College (REC), Silchar. NIT Silchar is situated on the banks of river Barak. In year 2002, it was upgraded to the status of an NIT from a Regional Engineering College(REC).

Regional Engineering College, Silchar was established in 1967 as a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Assam under the administration of a society registered under society registration Act XXI of 1860. The college was transformed into National Institute of Technology in the year 2002, and bestowed with the status of Deemed University by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

The multifarious reforms -that are being introduced from then by the reformed Board of Governors, delegated with a greater degree of autonomy for exercising its deliberation over diverse issues pertaining to cardinal matters ranging from academic to extracurricular excellence, are bringing about a tangible difference in the rudimentary paradigm of achieving a high standard in engineering education.

Identified as a Centre of Excellence by the Government of India, the institute is reinventing itself to crush the competition from its cotemporaries in various domains. Very optimistic developmental programs have been undertaken towards modernization of laboratories, computing facilities and library automation. Use of advanced teaching aids and computing facilities provide extensive scope for the students to attain a very high standard required in present day fast changing scenario of technology.

NIT Silchar is situated on a sprawling campus spread over 600 acres {2.43 km2} of land on the outskirts of Silchar amid breathtaking scenery. It is surrounded by beautiful lakes and hillocks.

NITS is a fully residential institution with seven hostels for boys’ and two for girls. The capacity of boys hostels is 2000 and that of the girls’ hostels is 250. Room allotment is done in such a way that students from different parts of country freely intermingle with each other depicting national integration.

A 500 beded state-of-the-art new Men’s hostel(of 49.7 crores) is under construction and is to be fully functional from next year onwards.

Institute History

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru sought to develop India as a world leader in Science and Technology. To achieve this, several IITs and NITs (Erstwhile RECs) were established in different parts of the country. Regional Engineering College at Silchar was founded in 1967 as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of Assam to cater to the country’s need for manpower in technology. RECs were jointly operated by the central government and the concerned state government. Non-recurring expenditures and expenditures for post-graduate courses during the REC period were borne by the central government, while recurring expenditure on undergraduate courses was shared equally by central and state governments.The college was conferred with autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development. In 2002, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology, Silchar. . In 2007, through NIT Bill, the Indian government declared these schools as Institute of National Importance at par with the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Campus Life

The institute is a confluence of various cultures and ethnicities. Students from every nook and corner of the country live together within one campus, fostering a sense of unity and cultural exchange. In addition, NIT Silchar is situated amidst beautiful and lush green surroundings dotted with fresh water lakes and gleaming streams and rivers. The beauty of nature commingled with perfection of human mind makes one wonder on the harmony it fosters. Despite its location at the far flung remote side of Assam, the place never deprives one of experiencing its unique charm and lurking natural beauty. Students enjoy enough facilities inside the campus to pass their leisure hours. The campus life here vividly reflects the unity in diversity of this great nation.


The institute recognizes the extracurricular activities as a part to students’ life and hence well-equipped facilities for games and sports are provided within the hostels premises, in other general locations and in the student activity center. Hostels are equipped with most of the indoor games facilitates. The student activity center is used as an indoor stadium. A well laid fenced playing ground is used for outdoor games and tracking events. Besides these, students, faculty and staff have facilities for playing Tennis, Basketball, and Volleyball etc. Inter-hostel cricket, football and volleyball events are regularly conducted in the institute. Inter-college cricket, football and volleyball events are also regularly conducted in the institute. Gymnasium center housing modern keep-fit and gym equipment was in operation during the period of reporting.
Apart from academic activities, NITians are very enthusiastic in games and sports. Students play football, volleyball, basketball, cricket and others games. Generally at weekends or during holidays internal competitions are held. Regular events like inter-hostel tournaments in various games took place during the year under review as well. Besides this, students participated in competitions organized on the occasions of Republic Day, Independence Day, etc. Various quizzes, debates and technical competitions are held under the banner of various societies. NITS also organizes annual technical and cultural festivals respectively called the Technoesis and Incandescence where students enhance their technical as well as cultural skills.


Under the constitution of the National Institutes of Technology Act 2007, the President of India is the Visitor to the institute. The authorities of the institute are Board of Governors and the Senate. The Board is headed by the Chairman, who is appointed by the Visitor. The Director, who is the secretary of the Board, looks after the day-to-day running of the institute. The Board of Governors has nominees of the Central Government, the State Government, the NIT Council and the Institute Senate.

About City

Area: 111 square kms;
Population: 5 lakhs
Literacy Rate: 79%
Altitude: 22 m
Climate: Tropical
Languages: Hindi, Manipuri, Dimasa, Bengali, Sylheti, Khasi
Festivals: Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, Majuli Festival, Elephant Festival, Tea Festival
STD Code: 3842

At Silchar, the climate is tropical by nature. The wind generally blows from the northeast in the morning and from the southeast in the afternoon. Summer is hot, humid and interspersed with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Winter generally starts towards the end of November and lasts till February. Towards the start of the Bengali month of Baishakh (mid-April) rain clouds start covering the skyline. Silchar is inundated frequently due to excessive rainfall and flooding by the river Barak. In the last three decades, Silchar and the Barak Valley have been ravaged by three major floods-in 1986, followed by the one in 1991, and more recently in 2004.

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