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The NITK Life:

What if I told you that nerds could be cool? What if I told you that not all top colleges in the country are crawling with book worms? Well, that’s what makes NITs, and NITK in particular, special – they aren’t IITs.

The only college in India with a private beach, NITK has stood the test of time to strike the perfect balance between work and play and has managed to skillfully tread the line between fun and academics without leaning too much on either side.

The National Institute of Technology Karnataka is located in Surathkal city, which is a few kilometers away from the shipping hub of Mangalore. Connectivity to the college is pretty good as the airport, and railway station is nearby. Commuting from NITK by road is convenient as well as there are multiple bus stops right outside the institution. The campus area is spread over 300 acres of land and houses both students and staff. All the departments are at a walking distance from the hostels. The campus has numerous food outlets operated by Nescafe, Nandini, Amul, Fresh and Honest (cake and coffee chain in Karnataka). Other than these, there are many local restaurants around the college to the delight of all foodies.

Established in 1960, this institution is more of old world meets modernism as the premises are ever evolving. The college is considered to be one of the top 10 engineering colleges in the country and rated higher than some new IITs too. The academic expertise of the teaching staff comes from their decades of experience in the industry. NITK has numerous memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with firms abroad and has a sound technical hold. In the field of research, it has made huge progress in the past few years as the number of patents and research paper publishing has increased substantially.

Other than academics, the college has numerous clubs, which have a presence both in India and abroad. It also has clubs like IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ISTE (Indian Society for Technical Education) and ACM (Association of Computer Machinery), which are included in the syllabus as well for better understanding. These clubs help inculcate interest in technical research among NITKians. There are non-technical clubs like Rotaract (affiliated to the Rotary International), which help create social awareness and initiate campus drives.

Apart from the usual stuff, NITK life experience is also enhanced by a huge and diverse crowd of people. It is the crossroad where multiple cultures and ideologies meet and grow in unison, strengthened by the sheer diversity of the crowd. It is both a humbling atmosphere for the conceited and an uplifting one for the timid.

In short, the NITK life lives up to what one might expect to be a rewarding and memorable life at college.

You could also read about life at IIT Bombay here.

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