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Established in 1965, National Institute of Technology, Agartala is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the rural setting of the large town of Agartala (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Tripura. Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India, National Institute of Technology, Agartala (NIT Agartala) is a very small (enrollment range: 1,000-1,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. National Institute of Technology, Agartala (NIT Agartala) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 52 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. NIT Agartala also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.
The National Institute of Technology, Agartala, shortened to NIT Agartala or NITA, (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, अगरतला) (Bengali: রাষ্ট্রীয় প্রযুক্তি প্রতিষ্ঠান, আগরতলা) is a technology-oriented institute of higher education established by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India in Agartala, India. It was founded as Tripura Engineering College in 1965 and declared a National Institute of Technology (NIT) in 2006. It is a technical institute in India along with all other NITs and IITs. It is recognised as an Institute of National Importance, by an act of the Parliament of India. It is a leading reputed technical institute of the country along with the IITs and NITs. It is the best technical institute of the North Eastern region of India after IIT Guwahati as ranked by National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The Institute was established in 1965 as Tripura Engineering College, with the three traditional branches of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. It was initially affiliated with Calcutta University and had the same curriculum structure and examination system as Bengal Engineering College (currently IIEST Shibpur).
After the establishment of Tripura University in 1987, the Institute was affiliated with it. Courses toward a degree in computer science and engineering were offered beginning in the 1999 – 2000 session, and three new degrees were offered beginning in the 2005 – 2006 session: Electrical & Electronics, Production and Transportation Engineering. It was felt that these offerings catered to the technical needs of the students in this region.
On 23 February 2006,the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the state government for conversion of Tripura Engineering College to National Institute of Technology, a fully Central Government funded Institution with Deemed to be University status. It also became a National Centre of Excellence.
The Institute is 4 km off National Highway (NH-44) and about 24 km away from the capital city, Agartala. The nearest rail station is about 2 km away. Several airlines connect Agartala to Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Mumbai directly.
The campus is located at 23°58′N 91°25′E.
The National Institute of Technology Agartala is one of the thirty one national-level Technical Institutes set up by the government of India. The Institute’s mission is “to help to improve the economic development of the country particularly the North-East states and also the public systems, through pursuit of excellence in technical education, research, consultancy and training”.
The Institute was converted from Tripura Engineering College,a State Engineering College, to a National Institute of Technology in 2006. To better reflect this new status, the total seats were increased from 250 to 420 for the academic session 2007 – 2008 and undergraduate courses were introduced in electrical and electronics engineering, transportation engineering and production engineering. The Civil Engineering Department started a postgraduate programme in structural engineering to fulfill a state requirement. The campus, which had been nonresidential, was made residential for the 2007 – 2008 session with the reopening of two boys hostels and one girls hostel. The institute is built over 335 acres (1.36 km2) of land with modern facilities meeting the overall requirements. The Institute has a 33 kilovolt dedicated power supply through Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited, for uninterrupted power supply in the campus. The campus is totally connected through Wi-Fi with a WiMAX wireless backbone, and all e-journal facilities are available in the digital library of NIT Agartala.
Reputation and Rankings
NIT Agartala is ranked 52nd best engineering college of India 2016 and 11th among NITs by National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is also ranked 89th best university of India 2016 by National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This is the first NIT to enter the list of Best Universities of India 2016 by National Institutional Ranking Framework.
This institute offers nine four-year undergraduate programmes in engineering. All undergraduate programmes lead to a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree. Post graduate Master’s of Technology (M.Tech) courses in chemical engineering, civil engineering, civil and structural engineering, electrical, electronic and computer engineering, instrumentation, mechanical engineering and production engineering are also offered. From July 2013, dual-degree courses in engineering physics and a five-year integrated course in applied physics, chemistry and mathematics have also been started. NITA is the second NIT in India (after National Institute of Technology Calicut), and sixth among all NITs and IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), to start a programme in engineering physics. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a three-year degree leading to a Master’s in Computer Applications (MCA) course. PhD and post-doctorate fellowships are offered by some departments. NIT Agartala also offers a CDAC programme. NIT-Agartala is ranked 11th among 31 NITs.
|Computer Science & Engineering|
|Electronics & Communication Engineering|
|Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering|
|Dual degree in Engineering Physics|
|Master of Computer Applications|
|Master of Business and Administration|
|School of Hydro-Informatics Engineering|
|Applied Mathematics and Computing(BS-MS dual degree)|
|Applied Physics(BS-MS dual degree)|
|Engineering Physics(BT-MT dual degree)|
|Applied Chemistry (BS-MS dual degree)|
|M. Sc. In Physics|
|M. Sc. In Chemistry|
|M. Sc. In Mathematics|
In 2013, the mechanical and civil engineering branches of the Institute were accredited by the National Board of Accreditation for five years, while the electrical engineering branch was provisionally accredited for two years.
Facilities include a central library and a computer services centre with internet access, as well as the departmental Computer Centres. The Institute provides boarding facilities to the students and the faculty members on the campus. The students also have the option of staying outside the campus and studying as day scholars. Bus service is provided for the day scholars. Currently, the institute has four boys’ hostels, one girls’ hostel and an additional hostel for freshmen only. A new hostel Rabindranath is under construction. All the hostels are Wi-Fi enabled, have common rooms provided with television for recreation.
There are many other clubs such as the Fine-arts club, Science club, Enlightenment club, Electronics club, Robotics club, Tech-Addicts club, and Photography club.
The Students’ Gymkhana was founded in 2011.