- Dr. PS Sathidevi
The Diamond Jubilee (60 th anniversary) of the founding of NIT Calicut (formerly REC) is a momentous occasion for its faculty, staff, students and alumni. REC Calicut, the 9 th REC in India, was inaugurated on September 1 st 1961 by the then Chief Minister of Kerala (late) Pattam Thanu Pillai.The institute had a humble beginning with 125 students in the temporary campus of Govt. Polytechnic, West Hill, Calicut, under the able leadership of its first principal Dr. M V Kesava Rao. At the time of inception REC Calicut offered only three undergraduate programs in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
The foundations stone for the main building was laid by Prof.Humayun Kabir, the then central minister of Sceintific Research and Cultural Affairs, on 11 th Sept 1962 at Chathamangalam. It was in 1963 the students got shifted to the permanent campus near Chathamangalam and the first
batch with full envisaged intake of 250 students joined the main campus in 1964.
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 University of Calicut until 2002, when REC was converted to 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 with representatives from Ministry of Education, Nominee of Govt. of Kerala, representatives from the Institute along with the Director and headed by a Chairman who is appointed by the Visitor, the Hon. President of India.
From a humble beginning in 1961, the institute has grown spectacularly to a total strength of 6500 students, in a sprawling green picturesque campus of around 120 hectares. Today the institute offers 11 undergraduate programmes, 30 post graduate programmes and doctoral programmes in various streams of engineering, Management and Science. At present NIT Calicut is the NIT that admits largest number of students in a year. Being a residential campus, there are at present 15 hostels in the campus,out of which 12 are for boys and 3 are for girls. These include two Mega Hostels for boys (1000 seated Mega Hoste, 1500 seated Mega Hostel-2) and a 500 seated ‘Mega Ladies Hostel’. The Central Library is well-equipped with a collection of 1.17 lakhs of books in print form, 39 international and national journals and magazines (print versions), 13,931 bound volumes (for the period from the year 1965 to 2000), 423 thesis copies, 4683 e-books and other resources which cater to the knowledge demands of the entire NITC community. From the status of a Regional Engineering College to an Institution of National importance, the growth trajectory of the Institute, in terms of Publications, Research Projects and number of students graduated, to name a few, have been on the rising curve.
NIT Calicut was ranked 23 rd in the NIRF ranking under the Engineering stream in 2020.
It is a matter of pride for the Institute that the rank in the Architecture stream is maintained at 3, in 2019 and 2020. Moreover, in a recognition to the vibrant culture of research and innovation
in the Institute, NITC secured 8th rank (the only NIT among the Top 10) in the category of
Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities CFTIs in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 by MHRD. The Institute Innovation Council (IIC) of NIT Calicut was given a 5 – Star Rating in the evaluation done by the MIC (MHRD’s Innovation Council) and AICTE for the activities during 2019 – 2020, securing a score of 95.833 out of 100. Majority of the UG and PG programmes of the institute got accredited by the National Board of Accreditation. In 2020 87.3 % of the UG students got placed with a 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 offer of 67.6 lakhs per annum, each . One UG student was placed by Google while 5 UG students got internship opportunity in Google, till now. At NITC, Intramural and externally funded projects are the major driving forces for research and development. Initiatives taken by the faculty had resulted in securing funding from many major Governmental agencies like Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Defence Research and Development Organization, and so on. Industrial clients like Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, TATA Steel, National Thermal Power Corporation, and Robert Bosch have been also proactively supporting R&D.
The research infrastructure is getting strengthened by the recent addition of high end equipments like Transmission Electron Microscope, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, Confocal Raman Spectrometer, X Ray Diffractometer, High Performance Computing facility. 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. The Institute developed a nasal air filter, and fabricated UV disinfection chambers and automatic Baggage Sanitization Machine, for disinfecting files and baggage respectively.
A final year B.Tech CSE student developed a MobileApp,‘BreatheIndia’ (https://breathe-ndia.com/needs) that helps hospitals and NGOs to share information about availability of oxygen, hospital beds, ICU and vaccination. The Literary and Debating Club of NIT Calicut developed a portal- CoviLink ( www.covilink.lndnitc.org), which is an online platform serving as a database of medical professionals willing to provide educated medical counsel. The Faculty members of the Electronics and Communication department are working on developing an oxygen concentrator which is capable of generating oxygen from atmospheric air. NITC produced
and distributed Hand sanitizers for COVID 19 infection prevention to the local Panchayath
and CISF unit, Calicut International Airport. Three former NITC students developed an Online classroom App-‘Lesson 21’which enables teachers and students interact in real time (www.lesson21.com). Lesson21 is getting popular with presence in five countries including
NITC has a Technology Business Incubator, TBI, which has incubated Seventy seven start- ups from various sectors so far, out of which 52 have graduated after 3 years of incubation period. Four graduated companies of TBI NITC are employing more than 100 people each and 15 of the companies have more than one crore turnover in last financial year.NITC has a vibrant Alumni of over 30,000 who have been occupying eminent positions in academia, research organisations and leading industrial sectors in India and abroad. The illustrious alumni of NIT includes more than 10 Ranji trophy players, many civil service officers, film stars, researchers, industrialists and entrepreneurs.
The institute is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in a hybrid mode, owing to the ngoing pandemic situation across the globe. Several International Conferences and Workshops are being held in the online mode for the benefit of the academicians, professionals and students.The Minister of State for Education inaugurated and dedicated the 1500 seated Mega Hostel-2 on 26 th February 2021 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The institute will be honouring all the past faculty members and staff of the institute as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations.
The alumni of the institute are also joining hands with the institute to celebrate its 60 th anniversary by dedicating special projects as a mark of their love and affection to alma mater.
NIT Calicut Alumni Association (NITCAA) coordinated with alumni for providing 350 laptops for facilitating the students of NITC to attend online classes. The batch of 1980-85 is setting up an IoT-lab in the institute. The batch of 1993 and NITCAA jointly is designing and constructing an Amphitheatre inside the main campus. The batches of 1994, 1995 and 1996 are together sponsoring an Institute Management System costing around 60 lakhs to the institute. In addition to this there are a number of infrastructure and technological projects in the pipeline through which the alumni are envisaging to contribute back to the growth of the institute.