About National Institute of Technology,Surat

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Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute Of Technology, Surat is one of the 17 Regional Engineering Colleges that were established as joint venture of the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat. It was established in June 1961 with facilities to run Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering disciplines. It is now changed to National Institute of Technology along with other RECs.From the academic session 1978-79, the college switched over to the four year Degree programmes. In the year 1983-84, an under Graduate Course in Electronics Engineering had been introduced with an intake of 60 students. From the year 1988-89, two additional courses viz. Production Engineering and Computer Engineering were introduced with the approved intake of 30 students in each. From the year 1995-96 a degree course in Chemical Engineering had been introduced with an intake of 30 students which was later increased to 60 students from the year 1996-97.The total intake of students is, currently 426. Fifty per cent of the seats are filled up from the Gujarat State and the fifty percent of the seats are reserved for the students from other States with quota fixed for every State. In addition to intake of 426, twenty foreign students are also admitted under the scheme of Central Government.The college has well-established Central Learning resource centers like Central library, Central Computer Centre, Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Continuing Education Centre and Physical Education Section. The college also has a very active Training & Placement section.The college has three Post Graduate Centers, one each in Civil Engineering, Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering Departments.The college has a campus of its own, spread over 100 hectares of land on the Surat-Dumas Highway. The college is progressing with the construction of the buildings of the academic sector. The college is having in all seven hostels, six for boys & one for girls students, accommodating 990 students. The total of 191 units of staff quarters for different categories have been built on the campus. The college has a Canteen, a Students Store, a Dispensary, a Guest House, a Post Office, a branch of the State Bank of India and play ground for some of the major games, viz. Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Cricket.

Institute History
It was the dream of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to see India emerge as a leader in science and technology. In order to serve the growing demand for trained quality technical manpower, the Government Of India started fourteen RECs between 1959 and 1965 (NITs located at Bhopal, Allahabad, Calicut, Durgapur, Kurukshetra, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Nagpur, Rourkela, Srinagar, Surathkal, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal).
Sardar Vallabhbhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology was established in June 1961 as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat. It is named after India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
A review committee (HPRC) was set up by the Union Government in 1998 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 seventeen Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) to National Institutes of Technology (NITs). In 2003 the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology.
On 5 June 2007, the Parliament of India passed the National Institutes of Technology Act declaring it an Institute of National Importance which came in effect on Independence Day 2007.

Campus Life
The port city of Surat is one of the most important areas of the state of Gujarat. A major industrial hub and a city with a high standard of living, Surat is one of the major cities of the country. The City of Surat is located in the southern part of Gujarat at 21o 15′ N latitude and 72o 52′ E longitude on the southern bank of River Tapi. The city forms a major urban core in the Ahmedabad-Bombay regional corridor, centrally placed between both the settlements, at a distance of 260 km. North of Bombay and 224 kms. South of Ahmedabad. The industries in Surat are traditionally dominated by small scale manufacturing units including diamond cutting, textiles, gold thread, dyeing and printing which were largely home based and cater to the domestic market. Diamond cutting and polishing, however, are for export market. The medium and large-scale industries are mostly located at the five industrial estates in and around the city.Surat is situated on the banks of the Tapi and was one of the greatest Indian Ports during the Mughal regime. Today Surat is a booming industrial centre famous for textiles, Jari, brocades and is a very important diamond processing centre and can proudly claim to be one of the cleanest Indian cities with a glorious past and a bright future. Surat offers a wide range of places of interest ranging from historical to religious, educational to entertainment and art to industry.SVNIT is situated on Athwa-Dumas Road, Surat. The campus is opposite to the Ichchhanath Temple, piplod. The campus is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest, which is midway between the Surat Domestic Airport and Surat Railway station, and is well connected by city buses and local trains. The campus is around 10 km from the Surat Railway station.

Administration
NIT Surat shares a common Visitor (a position held by the President of India) and the NIT Council with other NITs who is the most powerful person in the NIT organizational structure.Below the NIT Council is SVNITs Board of Governors consisting of 12 members that includes representatives of the state of Gujarat, MHRD in addition to other members appointed by the NIT Council and the institute’s senate.The Director serves under the Board of Governors, and is the school’s chief academic and executive officer. Under the director and the deputy director are the deans, heads of departments, registrar, dean of students’ council, and Chief Hostel Warden.
The Registrar 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 (HOD) are the faculty (full-time professors as well as those of associate and assistant status). The wardens of hostels are placed under the Chief Hostel Warden in the organization.NIT Surat receives funding from Government of India of Rs.500 million per year. Other sources of funds include student fees and research funding by industry-sponsored projects. NIT Surat subsidizes 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 NIT Surat 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 is the ex officio chairman of the senate.NIT Surat 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.

Sponsored Research
The SVNIT Alumni Association is the organization in SVNIT which fosters the interaction between the institute and its alumni. The association consists of a group of SVNITians who maintain a rapport with their predecessors through networking, publications and alumni meets. The group is guided by the Dean, Alumni and Resource Generation and his office.
The SVNIT Alumni Association has chapters in India and abroad that hold annual meets to socialize and network.

Alumni Network
Research in the institute is sponsored by government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST); in 2008-09, research grants from these agencies exceeded one crore Indian rupees (Rs. 1,00,00,000; approx. US$200,000).

About City
Population: 4.6 million
Area: 326.515 km2 (126 sq mi)
Literacy Rate: 83%
Altitude: 13 m
Climate: Tropical
Rainfall: 2500 mm
Languages: Gujarati, Sindhi, Hindi, Marvadi, Marathi, Telugu and Oriya
Festivals: Navratri, Diwali,Uttarayan,Chandi Padvo and Ganesh Chaturthi
STD Code: 0261

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