The National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT), formerly known as the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli is a public technology university located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The institute was founded in 1964 to cater to the country's growing need for technological manpower. Today, the institute is one of 18 National Institutes of Technology established by the Government of India, and awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and engineering disciplines as well as in management and architecture.
Residential facilities are provided for students and staff on the campus, which is one of the largest in India. The facilities on campus include a hospital, a Hindu temple, post & telegraph services, a telecom center, a State Bank of India branch with ATM facility, a reprographic center, a swimming pool, canteens and co-op stores.
The academic zone of the institute includes the department buildings, laboratories, auditorium, a centralized lecture theater, a state-of-the-art computer center, (the Octagon) and the library. Construction of a new digital library, a new hostel, a middle school building funded by RECAL, (the alumni association of REC/NIT Trichy) a basket ball and tennis court and a modern hospital are some of the projects currently being undertaken on the campus.
The residential zones primarily comprise 13 mens' hostels and 1 ladies' hostel. They accommodate more than 2500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and are managed by committees consisting of staff representatives and elected student representatives. The messes are equipped to serve both South Indian and North Indian dishes. The institute has its own transport for procuring the raw materials for the messes.
Each hostel is managed by an Associate Warden and each mess by a Warden. The first year undergraduate mens' hostels have two resident Deputy Wardens, while the ladies' hostel has three resident Deputy Wardens. The Hostel Executive Committee headed by the Chief Warden, Dean (Students) and the DCW coordinates the work among wardens and deputy wardens. Hostels are provided with amenities like televisions, telephones, intercom, water purifiers and coolers, indoor and outdoor sports kits, and student-managed amenity centres. The hostel office consisting of Hostel Manager, one Senior Superintendent, and supporting staff looks after the day-to-day operations.
The Regional Engineering College at Tiruchirappalli was founded in 1964 as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1964 to cater to the country's need for manpower in technology. The college was conferred with autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development. In 2003, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology.
The present Chairman of the institute, Mr. R. Seshasayee of Ashok Leyland Ltd. was elected to office in 2005, and Dr. M. Chidambaram has been the Director of the institute since the same year. Presently the institute is undergoing an accelerated growth phase through the World Bank-funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP).
The department of Training and Placement, the marketing division of the institute has these following functions and responsibilities:
Nurtures Industry Institute interaction, by organizing and coordinating frequent industrial visits, inplant training and projects of industrial relevance for the students, with the sole aim of zeroing down the hiatus between the industry and the academia.
Receives and forwards the feedback pertinent to curriculum improvement from the visiting companies to the faculty, to ensure that the curriculum follows the latest industrial trends.
Helps every student define his/her career interest through individual expert counseling.
Makes available updated database and job profile of the companies and thus helps each student analyze and choose company of his interest. The department has in its active file a database of nearly 1500 companies.
Organizes and coordinates Campus Placement Program, to fulfill its commitment of a job to every aspirant.
Works towards continuing education for the college employees
Over the years, the department has maintained symbiotic, vibrant and purposeful relationship with Industries across the country and as a result, has built up an impressive placement record both in terms of percentage of registered students placed, as well as the number of companies visiting the campus.
About 125 - 150 companies visit the campus every year.For the year 2006 -2007, the average CTC offered was 3.12 lakhs per annum and the highest CTC was 23 lakhs per annum (india) and 44 lakhs per annum (overseas).