Opportunities Unlimited: NIT KARNATAKA (Surathkal)

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The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) in India formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC) is situated in the southern state of Karnataka around 15 kilometers from Mangalore city, that has proximity to the Arabian Sea. The campus is spread across both sides of National Highway-66. NITK remains the hub of technical education in India, ever since its inception in 1960. Being one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India it is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the government. NITK offers a truly transformative and evolved learning experience. It is an institution that truly redefines engineering education in India and a focal point of global scholastic excellence.

 NITK excels in conferring quality education to address topics of technology and accomplish greatness in educating, learning, and research. It believes that every individual is talented, and all they need is polishing to hone their skills so that they can utilize the knowledge effectively and efficiently. The highly qualified faculty members provide a world-class learning experience for students.

The institute inducts passionate students and provides them a domain helpful for personality development, collaborative learning, creative thinking, design thinking, digitization, and emotional intelligence (SEL).

NITK welcomes students not only from India but from various parts of the world. The institute takes a lot of pride in accommodating and facilitating students from different backgrounds and races. Getting into a prestigious institute like NITK is a tough call; however, when you make one, it enables you to pave your way towards a better and brighter future.

NITK generously invests in its students in different forms, from academics to student life on campus, and thus have offices and professionals to guide and lead them in all aspects.

How you can be an NITIAN !!!

Admission to NITK and other centrally funded technical institutes for undergraduate programs is managed by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) based on the scores obtained in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE – Main) conducted by National Testing Agency. Admission & eligibility criteria for various categories of students are been explained on the institute website & in the brochures. Though it is needless to mention that this institute commands a real high cut off in qualifying examinations.

NITK offers unmatched financial assistance and scholarship programs so that no student should be deprived of education due to financial problems. The college has a whole channel structured to assist students with their financial needs and queries. Hence, every year variety of scholarships for students are offered.

Academics, Faculty & Research

 NITK prepares its students to make important commitments to society as involved citizens and pioneers in an intricate world. NITK is a well- established and highly structured institute and offers a wide variety of undergraduate, postgraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs. Students can explore their passion from a list of programs under the supervision of highly qualified teaching faculty.

NITK, Surathkal as its better known, bagged the 13th position in the engineering school rankings and 33rd place in the overall ranking in the Indian government’s National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings for 2020. It has improved its position by eight places in the engineering ranking (from 21st in 2019 to 13th in 2020) and by 20 places in the overall rankings (from 53rd to 33rd). The institute has been adjudged as the second best National Institute of Technology (NIT) among 31 NITs in the country.

All classrooms are well equipped with projectors and speakers facilitating students not to miss out on anything during the lecture and making it easy for us to understand topics through modern learning tools. Lecture halls are built with a scenic sea view for ideal settings where we can have the best learning efficiency.

As students, the teaching faculty is also quite diversified. The institute has professionals from different academic races and research interests. We students value their passion and the college provides them consistent support and professional development throughout their tenure with NITK.

All the departments have highly qualified faculty members. Professors of all departments encourage us to think ‘out of the box’ and also read resources from the internet rather than just the books offered in the course. NITK values its teaching faculty as a very worthy asset. The institute reassures career growth and offers training and networking to further enhance their skills.

All departments have well equipped laboratories (labs) with the latest technologies and machinery. Lab sessions are very important as students get hands on experience of what they are currently learning. All labs are conducted for 3 hours and the students are evaluated for every lab session by the faculty in charge and the lab assistants.

India is a developing country, and the structure of our economy and environment is changing rapidly. Colleges are facing new and daunting challenges that need talented minds and their ideas to encounter technology issues. Resources are available with a fully equipped research center producing effective innovative solutions.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has partnered with NITK to carryout advanced joint research and development activities in the area of space technology applications. Students who are keen on carrying out research on space technology are benefited from the Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) which has been set-up inside the campus. It is the only center carrying out a research study on space in entire south India. This is another reason to make this institute unique.

Campus Life & Accommodation

NITK prides itself on flourishing residential campuses close to nature. The majority of the sprawling campus landscape including the hostels (student residences) are located on the eastern side of the highway with lush green vegetation and its very own beach that makes NITK a perfect place for the future engineers of the world. NITK is the only institute among all 35 NITs of India that has its very own beach. The beach is what all freshers and even parents talk about. They boast about it all day to their friends studying in other premier institutes and siblings back home. The cold breeze, sand between our toes, and gushing waves give an amazing feeling which makes all forget everything that bugs us. There are marvelous spots where we can sit and have the best sunset views while enjoying the local favorite snack.  To get an even better view, there is a lighthouse situated near the beach to experience the best sights during monsoon.

 NITK not only focuses on quality education but intensely emphasizes on the overall well-being of their students and therefore provides a wide range of facilities to make our campus life as comfortable as possible.

Some of the basic amenities provided by the Institute include; health care centers, shopping centers, canteens, sports facilities, banks, open theatre, post office, and auditorium, etc. The institute provides us everything within its premises to save the travel hassle or any other distraction from academics.

Being one of the quality National Institute of Technology, students are inducted from all parts of the world and that makes a good residential campus an absolute necessity. Hostels become a home for us, we adore it so much that we don’t want to leave it even for classes. There are 8 hostel blocks plus 3 mega towers for boys and 4 blocks for the girls. Life in a hostel might not initially be as much fun as we would anticipate, but everything has its own pros and cons, right? So, why not make the best of what one has?  Evenings become a fun time in hostels after classes and extracurricular activities.

Debates and gossip sessions are hard to end as the loop is tough to break which keeps us awake and active throughout the night. Since we are talking about the hostel, we cannot miss out on the mess hall or cafeteria where we all dine. Going to the mess hall is fun for the initial two months as all of us go in a group and chit chat while having food. It tastes perfect for the first 3 months and we are all happy until we feel that quality starts varying from where it started!! Slowly students reduce the frequency of having meals in the mess and opt for food from nearby restaurants/joints.

By the end of the first year, meals in the mess are the last resort, maybe!! Rooms are shared for the first 2 years and for the 3rd and 4th year individual rooms are allocated with basic furnishing of cupboards, a study table, a bed, and a LAN connection for the internet. LAN connection and Wi-Fi happens to be the best thing in the room. High-speed internet connection is what all millennials want. Internet speeds go up to 100 Mbps and each student is allotted 5 GB a day.

Student transportation is available for on-campus students to commute from hostels to their departments.

Career Prospects

Placement records for the employment of students are exceptionally good at NITK. It clocks 100% placements for B.Tech students while 79% placements for M.Tech students. More than 200 organizations from different business sectors visit the campus every year and offer attractive packages. The number of Pre-placement offers has seen an increase of 25% as compared to previous years. The Alumni Association is a network of innovative and accomplished individuals from around the globe. They can be easily approached through the NITK alumni portal or LinkedIn. There are alumni meets every year where students get an opportunity to interact with the achievers who have passed out from NITK.

Extra-Curricular Activities

NITK is well known for its college events. NITK hosts ENGINEER or ‘Engi’ – Annual Technical Festival and INCIDENT– Annual Cultural Festival. Engineer is held in the month of October. Engineer is the first college festival any fresher will experience. “Engi” is a 4day festival during which there are lots to see, understand, and have fun. Various colleges participate in the festival.

Colleges from Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysuru, and nearby cities showcase their best technical innovations. Events like ROBO WARS, VELOCITY, VIRTUAL BOUNTY cannot be missed. People gather around at least one or a couple of hours prior to the event to get the best view. During the fest, there will be plenty of workshops organized by the experts. INCIDENT is India’s largest student-run cultural fest usually held in the month of February every year. During these four days, about 30,000 footfalls are recorded from students over 65 institutes across India.

One of the most awaited and sensational events at Incident is the Pronites. Pronites feature some of the best national and international artists covering numerous music genres including pop, metal, rock, Sufi, and Bollywood. Well-known Indian Stalwarts like Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK, and many more have graced and entertained the crowd.

Clubs are an integral part of NITK. NITK Surathkal mainly has two types of clubs, Exclusive and Non-Exclusive. First-year students can join the Non-Exclusive clubs. Joining clubs help students with gaining experience in their interested field while doing mini projects or write papers on the subject. Seniors are very helpful to freshers in doing their projects. Joining clubs can help us to know their seniors better and the best part is that they can be approached at any time of the day or night for happy assistance.

If students get tired of the regular classes and tests, there are lots of places to explore nearby. Here is a list of few places around NITK that students must definitely visit during their 4 years of stay at NITK:

Agumbe, Chikmagalur, Mysuru, Coorg, Madikeri, Gokarna, Hampi, Karkala, Kudremukh, Manipal, Nileshwar, Ooty and Goa

NITK is a great place for students to learn, grow and explore themselves – just make sure to grab every opportunity and make the most out of it.

And there is one guarantee – you will be talking about your amazing college days, years and years later!

Thank you so much Shriroop Roychoudhury for sharing your experience at NIT Karnataka and giving us a deeper insight!!

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About the Author: Nikita Mahoviya

A B.Tech sophomore, pursuing Dual Degree in ECE at NIT Hamirpur. An empathetic person which helped me to evolve as a writer.

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