National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (NITK)


The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal is one of such an NIT and is rated as one of the top technological universities in India. Since its inception in 1960 as the Karnataka Regional Engineering College, the Institute has established itself as a premier center engaged in imparting quality technological education and providing support to research and development activities.

The Institute has a long tradition of research for several decades in both traditional and modern areas of engineering and sciences in all departments. The Institute has been actively involved in applicative research in looking at and resolving problems faced by the society in several areas like environment, water resources, rock mechanics, new structures, VLSI, etc.

Motto: Translated in English: Work is worship

Vision: To facilitate transformation of students into good human beings, responsible citizens and competent professionals, focusing on assimilation, generation and dissemination of knowledge

Mission statement includes: Impart quality education to meet the needs of profession and society, and achieve excellence in teaching-learning and research


NITK Surathkal offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering, Science and Management. The institute has 14 departments and 11 support centers with about 200 faculty members, 300 support staff, 3300 students and 15,500 alumni worldwide.

Research and industrial consulting

Research in the institute is mainly sponsored by central and state government agencies with grants for the academic year reaching Rs. 100 million. Additionally newly recruited faculties are provided a seed grant of Rs. 5 lakhs for research. Faculty goes on sabbaticals at foreign universities to encourage research and teaching interactions. Consulting activities are also conducted through the industry-institute partnership cell.

Department and Courses


  • Applied Mechanics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • CSE
  • ECE
  • Humanities Social Sc. & Management
  • Information Technology
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Math & Comp Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Met Mat Engineering
  • Physics


  • PhD
  • M.Tech
  • B.Tech
  • MCA
  • MSc. - Physcis
  • MSc. - Chemistry
  • MBA

Campus Life

Located on National Highway 17, by the shores of Arabian Sea, NITK Surathkal is one of the only two universities in the world with a private beach, including a light house (the only one in India). The campus is covering an area of about 295 acres (1.19 km) and is covered by lush green vegetation in many areas.

Institute website describes the campus “The Institute is located amid 300 acres of sylvan surroundings with the picturesque Western Ghat Mountains on the east and the sun-kissed sands of the Arabian sea to the west.”


The institute is a residential engineering college; hence all attending students are required to enroll for hostel accommodation. Students from adjoining areas can commute from home with permission from the institution. There are 12 hostel blocks - ten for undergraduate boys, one for postgraduates and one for girls.

Construction of a new mega-hostel block for boys with three towers spanning six storey (British Convention) each and housing over 1,500 single rooms has been completed, while construction for a similar mega-hostel complex for women is underway. There are 2,000 undergraduate students, 800 postgraduate students, and 200 female students. Hostels form the basis of social life at NITK, with parties, sports activities, gym, and other events taking place. Most of the hostels are connected to the college network with optic fiber cables and 1 Gbit/s backbone connections.

Student activities

The two most famous annual events are Engineer (a national level technical symposium) and Incident (a cultural festival). These events are planned, organized and managed by the students themselves - from fund collecting drives to the final events. The intra-college events are organized by the students' activity clubs.

The biggest intra-college event is called the Crescendo, which is a cultural festival organized by the Reading Room Committee. Students vie with other years in literary, personality, art and music competitions. Crescendo has been an annual tradition for three decades.

Local chapters of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Institution of Engineers, the Rotaract Club, the Computer Society of India, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organize events during the academic year. These include blood donation camps, cloth donation drives, coastal cleanup camps, and events conducted by the National Service Scheme (NSS) chapter of NITK.

The Rotaract Club conducts social, cultural and technical events for the students and club members alike.

One of the prominent club related to automobiles Society of Automotive Engineers has an active chapter here which conducts good number of events like how stuff works, under the hood, Can you fix it and Vintage Auto Expo.

There are technical clubs like WEB enthusiastic club. NITK has a Linux Users Group, which promotes free and open source Linux technology.
There are other hobby clubs also e.g. Dance Dramatics and Fashion Club (DDFC), Music Club, Films Club, Photography club etc.



Class year


Ashok Kheny


Director of Nandi Infrastructure and corridor Enterprise

Thomas Zacharia

Director of ORNL Computer Science and Mathematics Division

K.V. Kamath


Non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank, Chairman of Infosys

Sunil Kumar


Dean of Chicago Booth

Sridhar Rangayan

Filmmaker with a focus on Queer subjects.

K. Ullas Karanth

Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society India Program & Leading Tiger expert

Neeraj Gupta


Director, GKB Hi-Tech

Outside the Campus @ Surathkal

Surathkal is a locality under Mangalore City Corporation located in the Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka state.

Karnataka in itself has been the biggest attractions for all the IT and Software’s companies.

Infosys, Wipro, ONGC are the major companies located in the area.

The maximum and minimum temperature in a year varies between 37oC and 20oC.

This place is surrounded by a lot of natural beauties and beaches. One can easily travel to Mangalore for all kinds of shopping and partying.

Surathkal town can be easily accessed by various bus services from Mangalore City by both city buses and the Mangalore-Udupi Express buses. The nearest airport is Mangalore (Bajpe), 15 kilometers from Surathkal. The New Mangalore sea port is 6 km away. The railway station at Surathkal lies between Mangalore and Udupi. Mangalore (18 Km distant from Surathkal) is well connected to all the Major cities of India.


National Institute of Technology Karnataka , Surathkal
Srinivasnagar PO, Surathkal, Mangalore 575025 , India
Tel +91-824-2474000
Fax +91-824-2474033
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