NIT Calicut celebrates diamond jubilee
Kozhikode: National Institute of Technology, Calicut celebrated its 60th anniversary on Wednesday.
Started as Regional Engineering College in 1961, the institute had a humble beginning with 125 students in the temporary campus of Government Polytechnic, West Hill.
At the time of inception, REC Calicut offered only three undergraduate programmes in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
In 1963, the institute was shifted to the permanent campus near Chathamangalam. The first batch of 5 female students joined during the academic year 1965-66.
The college was initially affiliated to Kerala University and later to the University of Calicut until 2002 when REC was converted to an NIT, a deemed to be University.
NIT Calicut was named as a technical Institution of National Importance set up by the NIT Act of 2007. The institute is now under the Ministry of Education and governed by a Board of Governors.
The institute currently has a total strength of 6500 students on a campus of around 120 hectares. Today the institute offers 11 undergraduate programmes, 30 postgraduate programmes and doctoral programmes in various streams of engineering, management and science.
NIT Calicut was ranked 23rd in the NIRF ranking under the engineering stream in 2020.
In 2020 87.3 % of the UG students got placed with the highest salary of 43.31 lakhs and average salary of 11 lakhs, per annum. In 2021, Four B.Tech students from Computer science got job offers of 67.6 lakhs per annum. One UG student was placed by Google while 5 UG students got internship opportunities in Google, till now.
The Institute had also played a lead role in developing innovative solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, through its in-house research and innovation. A low cost ‘Artificial Respirator’ with exhaled air disinfector was developed and the same was transferred for commercialisation through Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The Institute has also developed an aerosol box, based on specific requirements proposed by Govt. Medical College Kozhikode and distributed many units to Government hospitals. The Institute has also developed 3D Printed Reusable PLA Face Shields and N95 Masks for use during the time of the pandemic.