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NIT Rankings 2018- Which NIT is the best for you?

In India, the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are the second-best engineering institutes after the IITs. The NITs are a group of premier public engineering colleges in India and receive special recognition and grant from the Government of India. An act of parliament has declared them as Institutes of National Importance. The NITs offer many courses for bachelors, masters, and doctorate levels in different branches of engineering and technology. In this article, we’re providing the latest NIT rankings & discussing the Top 10 NITs for your benefit.

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Making an Informed Decision

Admission to the undergraduate course (B. Tech.) in NITs is through the highly-competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains. Every year, a large number of students appear for various entrance exams viz. JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, VITEEE, WBJEE, MHTCET, KCET, etc. to get admission in the premier engineering colleges in India. After their results, the students face the difficult task of selecting the best engineering college for their higher studies. With so many NITs spread across the country – some being more reputed than the newer IITs regarding placement, campus life, brand value, etc. – selecting one institute can be tricky.

We’ve put together an exhaustive list to help make the decision easier for all aspiring candidates.

NIT Rankings

The MHRD has approved the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) which was launched by the Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015. This framework outlines an approach to rank institutions across the country. The methodology takes inputs from the overall recommendations and the broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD to set-up the basic parameters for ranking various universities and institutions in the country.

Before we get started, let me clarify that these rankings are based on criteria such as “teaching learning and resources”,” Research, and Professional Practices, “Graduation Outcomes”, “Outreach and Inclusivity”, and “Perception”. In 2017 also, the broad ranking parameters have remained the same with some emphasis on certain sub-parameters. This year every large institution was given a common overall rank as well as a discipline-specific rank as applicable. You can check the NIRF methodology for ranking of academic institutions.

We have also included highlights of the NITs under the rankings table to help you evaluate these colleges on various parameters.

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NIT Rankings 2017

Name of the Institute City State NIRF Score NIRF Ranking (Among all Institutes) NIRF Ranking (Among all NITs)
NIT Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 59.44 11 1
NIT Rourkela Rourkela Odisha 58.78 12 2
NIT Surathkal Surathkal Karnataka 52.87 22 3
NIT Warangal Warangal Telangana 49.47 34 4
Motilal Nehru NIT Allahabad Uttar Pradesh 45.68 41 5
Visvesvaraya NIT Nagpur Maharashtra 45.52 42 6
NIT Calicut Calicut Kerala 44.50 44 7
Sardar Vallabhbhai NIT Surat Gujarat 43.30 50 8
NIT Silchar Silchar Assam 42.73 53 9
NIT Durgapur Durgapur West Bengal 42.56 55 10
NIT Hamirpur Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh 42.02 59 11
NIT Kurukshetra Kurukshetra Haryana 41.61 60 12
Maulana Azad NIT Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 41.25 61 13
Malaviya NIT Jaipur Rajasthan 39.38 70 14
NIT Manipur Manipur Manipur 37.27 87 15
NIT Meghalaya Shillong Meghalaya 36.21 100 16

Source of the NIT Rankings

Here’s a peek into the top 10 NITs

  1. NIT Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Situated in a sprawling area of 80-acres, the institute offers UG courses in ten branches and PG courses in twenty-one disciplines of science, engineering, and technology besides M.S. (by research) & Ph. D. in all the departments. NIT Trichy has 16 departments and 250 faculty members. Around 3500 students are given admission to the various undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the institute. The campus is well-connected with the Tiruchirappalli airport and the railway station being 23 km and 22 km away respectively. You can read more about the Institute here.

  1. NIT Rourkela, Odisha

NIT Rourkela has the distinction of being placed within 401-500 in the Times World University rankings for higher education under the “Engineering and Technology” category. Among the Indian institutions under this category, NIT Rourkela has secured the 10th place. Moreover, NIT Rourkela is the only NIT to have secured a place in this list. The Institute offers a plethora of amenities to its students. These include various societies, boarding, and lodging, a modern gymnasium, swimming pool, all games and sports facilities, career guidance, 100% placements, medical facilities, etc.

  1. NIT Surathkal, Karnataka

With a lush green area of 295 acres, the residential campus is modern and self-sufficient in every aspect. The National Highway 66 passes right through the campus and is a major mode of access. NIT Surathkal Surathkal offers Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Engineering, Science, and Management. The institute has 14 departments and 11 support centres comprising of 200 faculty members, 300 support staff, 5500 students, and 15,500 alumni worldwide. Some of the institute’s best practices include Remedial Coaching Classes for students with less exposure, a Hindi Section, Workshop on Workplace Sensitisation, Professional Skill Enhancement Program, etc. You can read in detail about the Institute here.

4.  NIT Warangal, Telangana

The institute offers eight UG programs (B. Tech.) in engineering, twenty-nine PG programs ( M. Tech., M.Sc., MCA & MBA) in engineering, sciences and management and research programs in engineering, sciences, humanities, physical education, and management. It has a strong reputation for its Research & Development, Industrial Consultancy, Continuous Education and Training Programs for teachers and technical personnel. The institute boasts of thirteen academic departments and a few advanced research centers in various disciplines of engineering, pure sciences, and management. The Institute’s campus is self-sufficient and located on a 256-acre piece of land. The Institute has state-of-the-art infrastructure is renowned for its committed faculty and staff. The Institute is easily accessible with two railway stations in close proximity to the campus i.e. the Kazipet Junction Railway Station at a distance of 3 km and the Warangal Railway Station at a distance of 12 km. You can read more about NIT Warangal here.

  1. MNNIT Allahabad, UP

The Institute offers nine B. Tech., nineteen M. Tech. Degree Programs, MCA, MBA, M.Sc. (Mathematics & Scientific Computing) & Master of Social Work programs. It also registers candidates for the Ph. D. Degree. The Government of India has recognized the institute as one of the centers for the Quality Improvement Program for M. Tech. &   Ph. D.

  1. VNIT Nagpur Maharashtra

VNIT Nagpur offers various Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Doctoral, and Distance programs. The courses available in VNIT are categorised based on whether they are offered at the UG or PG level and also depending on which department is conducting the courses. The institute has a proactive Training & Placement Department, which provides its students with a platform for applying their technical acumen to gain valuable experience by working in the mainstream industry. Apart from acting as an interface for recruiters seeking talented young graduates and post-graduates in various disciplines, the placement cell also provides necessary guidance to the students for career planning and personal development. The VNIT campus is conveniently located near Ambazari lake about 7 km from the Nagpur Railway Station and 8 km from the Airport. The campus has 12 hostels for boys and two for the girls.

  1. NIT Calicut, Kerala

The Institute is located about 22 km north-east of the city of Calicut on a beautiful landscape at the foothills of the Western Ghats. The Institute offers Undergraduate B. Tech. programs in nine disciplines of engineering, M. Tech. programs in six disciplines, M. Sc., MCA, MBA, Ph. D. programs, and full-time and part-time research programs. The central facilities of the Institute include a central library, central computer center, campus networking center, engineering unit, guest house, health care, hostels, etc.

  1. SVNIT Surat, Gujarat

Based in Surat, one of the most important port cities of Gujarat, the institute’s campus is spread out over 250 hectares of lush green forest. The SVNIT campus is replete with modern amenities such as a central computer center, central library, multiple hostels, guest house, canteen, health center, bank, post office, and facilities for various outdoor games. At present, the institute is offering six Undergraduate programs, eighteen Postgraduate programs, and three M. Sc. Five-year integrated programs including doctoral programs. The Training & Placement cell of the institute believes in industry-institute interaction and encourages the companies to offer an internship to B. Tech. & M. Tech. students.

  1. NIT Silchar, Assam

NIT Silchar campus is located on the Silchar-Hailakandi road twelve kilometers away from the city of Silchar, in the state of Assam. The Institute offers Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Engineering, Science, and Humanities. NIT Silchar has six UG programs and 15 PG programs in various disciplines of engineering. The Institute also has a department of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Management Studies. The campus is fully residential with eight boys’ hostels and two girls’ hostels.

  1. NIT Durgapur, West Bengal

Since its inception in 1960, Durgapur has inculcated the spirit of academic fervor and excelled in various domains of knowledge. The institute has a very active placement department, which is assisted by a committee comprising of representatives of students from the UG & PG streams. It offers various facilities to its students like a library built on a plinth area of 1000 Square Metres, High Voltage Laboratory, Central Instruments Facility, Computer Centre, etc. You can read more about NIT Durgapur here.

We hope you found the article on the NIT rankings was informative and that it would help you make an informed decision in choosing the right NIT for you. Feel free to drop your opinion in the comments section below. You can also read about NITs at Jalandhar, Goa, Delhi & Hamirpur and how some NITs are better than some IITs.

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