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National Institute of Technology, Durgapur

National Institute of Technology Durgapur
NIT Durgapur Logo.png
Former names
Regional Engineering College Durgapur (1960-2003)
Mottoउद्योग पुरूषस्य लक्षणम् (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Work Maketh a Man
TypePublic engineering school
ChairmanA. B. Bhattacharya
DirectorAnupam Basu[1]
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 250 acres (1.0 km2)
Administrative building, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur

The National Institute of Technology Durgapur (abbreviated NIT Durgapur or NIT DGP) is a public engineering institution located in Durgapur, West Bengal, India. Formerly known as the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur (REC Durgapur), it is among the first 8 Regional Engineering Colleges established in India and was founded in 1960 by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy. Today it is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India and has been recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.


In order to serve the growing demand for trained technical manpower, the Government of India started 14 RECs between 1959 and 1965 (NITs located at Allahabad, Bhopal, Calicut, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Kurukshetra, Nagpur, Rourkela, Srinagar, Surathkal, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal).

Inside the Campus

The National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur) was established in 1960 under an Act of the Parliament of India as one of the eight such colleges, as a co-operative venture between the Government of India and the Government of West Bengal aimed to function as a pace setter for engineering education in the country and to foster national integration. It is a fully funded premier Technological Institution of the Government of India and is administered by an autonomous Board of Governors. The college was given autonomy in financial and administrative matters to achieve rapid development.[2]

In 1998, a review committee "High Powered Review Committee (HPRC)"[3] was set up by the Union Government for review of RECs. The HPRC, under the chairmanship of 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 17 Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) to National Institutes of Technology (NITs). In July 2003, the college was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and was renamed National Institute of Technology, Durgapur.


National Institute of Technology, Durgapur has the following departments:[4]

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Physics


The library is an institutional member of DELNET (Developing Library Network), American Center Library, Kolkata, National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), and Current Science Association, Bangalore. It is also a beneficiary Member of INDEST-AICTE (Indian National Digital Library in Engineering, Science & Technology) Consortium, which provides Desktop Access to high quality e-resources (online journals) like IEL Online (IEEE/IEE Electronic Library), Springer Verlag's Link, Proquest, ACM journals, ASCE, ASME, Nature Magazine, Indian Standards (Intranet version) and ASTM journals & Standards etc. It has a good collection of learning resources. It has also a collection of several thousand E-Books on computer science (published by Springer).[5]


College rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF (2019)[6]47

NIT Durgapur ranks in top 50 engineering colleges in India. NIT Durgapur was ranked 47 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ "Meet our Director". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. ^ Department-related Parliamentary standing committee on human resource development 178th report on The National Institutes of Technology Bill, 2006. Accessed 6 July 2007. Archived 19 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "List of Departments". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  5. ^ INDEST-AICTE Brochure for core members from IIT, Delhi
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.

Notable Alumni

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