Institute in July, 1963 at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala made its first admission to a five-year B.Sc. (Engg.) Degree Courses with 60 students at each place. The Institute then started operating in its current College campus at Kurukshetra in 1965-66 with 120 students admitted in the 1st year of the B.Sc, Engineering Degree in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Thereafter in 1971-72 engineering degree courses in Electronics and Communication Engineering was added. In 1967-68 M. Sc degree was started in many engineering branches and finally in 1971-72, a Postgraduate diploma in scientific instrumentation was also started. Pert time engineering courses also started in 1976. And in 1985-86 the institute started Its B. Tech four year degree courses.
From the Session 1987-88, the Institute starts B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering course and a full time M. Tech. Degree course in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Also introduced in 1989-90 was a full time M. Tech. degree course in Water Recourses (Civil Engineering Dept).
The institute was earlier affiliated with the Kurukshetra University, but was later transferred to Guru Jambheshwar University, then again affiliated back to Kurukshetra University in 1996, after which it was considered a Deemed University in the year 2002.
Kurukshetra is a railway junction on the Delhi-Karnal-Ambala section of the Northern Railway, about 160 km. from Delhi. The Institute has a campus area of about 10 km. from Pipli, a well known road junction on the Sher Shah Suri Marg and about 5km from Kurukshetra Railway station. It is also adjacent to Kurukshetra University.
The Institute has 8 hostels in total; six boys, with five of them with a capacity of 250 each and one with 150, and 2 girls hostel with a total capacity to accommodate 350 girl students. These hostels have single, double as well as triple seated rooms. All the rooms in the hostels are provided with basic furniture and ceiling fans. Each hostel is a unit with its own co-operative mess systems and common room. Common rooms are included with facilities like newspapers, magazines, indoor games and a colour television set. Each hostel has i-net centers opened where the residents can get assess to internet facilities free of cost.
‘Confluence’ and ‘Literati’ are the two most famous annual events held at NITK. Confluence is a national-level cultural extravaganza, held annually for four days in the month of March. Literati, is again a national-level technical symposium but with a totally different outlook which attracts scholars and research oriented students from other NITs , IITs and other prominent engineering institutes. Then there are the intra-college events which are organized by the SAC(Student Activity Centre) and MAD(Music & Dramatics Club).
There is also the annual technical symposium, events organized by different departments which are keenly attended by scholars and students alike from the entire nation.
The contribution and achievements of the NIT alumni boasts of a long list of distinguished professionals both in India and abroad who have gone on to make a name for themselves in their respective fields. The list of distinguished alumni includes:
P K Munjal, MD, Hero Honda
Adesh Gupta, Chairman, Liberty Shoes
Srini Raju, Chairman, I-LAbs
Rakesh Bakshi, PadmaShree Awardee
Sanjay Dhawan, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Aricent Technologies
Biraj Adhikari, Deputy CM of Sikkim
K K Agarwala, Vice-Chancellor, GGS Indraprastha University
Rohit Sharma, Founder and CTO ONI systems (acquired by CIENA)
Suresh Kumar CEO & Founder of SuReSh Technologies.
Jagatjit S. Rai, Chief Electrical Eng., National Defense Canada