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Organisation and Function

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Pin 440010 (India)Phone: (+91-712-) 2222828, 2224123, 2231636, 2226750, 2223710, 2236330, 2236331, 2236332FAX: (+91-712-) 2802200, 2223230Website :

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Key Objectives:

With the above vision and mission adopted by the Institute, VNIT has set before itself following objectives:

The national character of the institute aims at contributing effectively to the national endeavor of producing quality human resource of world class standards by developing a sustainable technical education system to meet the changing technological needs of the country, incorporating relevant social concerns and to build an environment to create and propagate innovative technologies for the economic development of the nation.

VNIT is committed to generating and disseminating knowledge and to maintaining the highest standards of excellence. The Institute motivates its staff to work at the frontiers of academic enquiry and to enable the students to reach their full potential in an excellent academic and research environment. The Institute empowers the learning-teaching community to serve the changing needs of the society and nation and contribute effectively to improve the quality of life.

(a) to provide for instruction and research in such branches of engineering and technology, management, education, sciences and arts, as the Institute may think fit, and for the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge in such branches

(b) to hold examinations and grant degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions or titles ;

(c) to confer honorary degrees or other distinctions ;

(d) to fix, demand and receive fees and other charges ;

(e) to establish, maintain and manage halls and hostels for the residence of students ;

(f) to supervise and control the residence and regulate the discipline of students of the Institute and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare and cultural and corporate life ;

(g) to provide for the maintenance of units of the National Cadet Corps for the students of the Institute ;

(h) to institute academic and other posts with the prior approval of the Central Government, and to make appointments thereto excluding the Director ;

(i) to frame Statutes and Ordinances and to alter, modify or rescind the same ;

(j) to deal with any property belonging to or vested in the Institute in such manner as the Institute may deem fit for advancing the objects of the Institute;

(k) to receive gifts, grants, donations or benefactions from the Government and to receive bequests, donations and transfers of moveable or immovable properties from testators, donors or transferors, as the case may be ;

(l) to co-operate with educational or other institutions in any part of the world having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute by exchange of teachers and scholars and generally in such manner as may be conducive to their common objects ;

(m) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and medals; and

(n) to undertake consultancy in the areas or disciplines relating to the Institute; and

(o) to do all such things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Institute.

Education System

Under-graduate (U.G.) Programs

The Institute offers UG programs in Architecture and 8 Engineering and Technology streams. The duration of UG courses in engineering and technology is 4 years and in Architecture is of 5 years. All the courses are run on semester pattern.

Students having passed 12th standard examination with subjects English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from State Boards of Secondary or Higher Secondary Education or equivalent are eligible for admission to VNIT and other NITs all over India. The admission is done on the basis of the rank obtained by the student in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main conducted by Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.

Post -graduate (PG) Programs

The Institute offers 18 PG programs in engineering and architecture and three in basic sciences. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) qualified candidates are admitted to these programs based on the ranks obtained by the Centralized Counseling for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan. (CCMT). Seats reserved for sponsored category are for candidates possessing minimum 2 years of work experience in the relevant field which are filled on the basis of intense merit in the written test/interview conducted by the respective departments of the Institute. Apart from regular intake, Institute offers additional seats M.Tech. programs under TEQIP-III project and sponsored category.

Institute also offers M.Sc. degrees in the areas of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The candidates are admitted on the basis of their scores in the Joint Admission Test (JAM) conducted by IIT for the admission to postgraduate courses in Science streams.

Doctoral (PhD) Programs

All the Engineering Departments, Science Departments and Architecture Department offer Ph.D. programs. The admission to the respective Ph.D. program is through written tests and interviews conducted by respective departments. The Institute currently has two QIP centers which are recognized for Ph.D. programs.

New initiatives

A Proposal to start M.Tech( by Research) Programme w.e.f. the academic year 2019-2020 has been approved by the senate and BOG. The programme is meant to benefit VNIT staff to upgrade their education qualification.
Credit Transfer- From IIT Madras Two students are sent to IIT Madras during the academic year 2018-19, (under an MOU), to complete their final year credits at IIT Madras. The equivalent credits earned by these students will be counted while evaluating their degree eligibility at VNIT Nagpur.
M.Tech Project on Industrial Problems – Institute encourages M.Tech students to work on actual industrial problems. Two students per M.Tech programme are permitted to work on actual industrial problems with institute stipend.


The Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur which is now in its 59th year, has a rich heritage. Since inception, it has remained at the forefront of engineering education in the country. The overview of the institute and the human resources for these activities are presented here.

Historical Background

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur is one of the thirty one National Institutes of Technology in the country. The Govt. of India conferred on the Institute, the Deemed to be University status (under University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956)) with effect from 26th June 2002. Subsequently, the Central Govt. by Act of Parliament (National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007 (29 of 2007)) declared VNIT Nagpur as an Institute of National Importance along with all other NITs. The Act was brought into force from 15th August 2007.

Formerly, the Institute was known as Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (VRCE). It was established in the year 1960 under the scheme sponsored by Govt. of India and Govt. of Maharashtra. The college was started in June 1960 by amalgamating the State Govt. Engineering College functioning at Nagpur since July 1956. In the meeting held in October 1962, the Governing Board of the College resolved to name it after the eminent engineer, planner, and statesman of the country Sir M. Visvesvaraya.


City of Nagpur which is considered as the geographical center of India has the distinction of being home to the Zero Mile Stone Nagpur, known as Orange City is centrally located and well-connected to all the parts of the country by air, rail, and road. It is second capital of Maharashtra.


VNIT Campus is spread over an area of 214 acres near Ambazari lake. It presents a spectacle of harmony in architecture and natural beauty. The campus has been organized in four functional sectors;

1. Hostels for students
2. Academic area consisting of various central facilities

  • Residential Sector for faculty members and supporting staff

1.Sports Complex and Ground
The academic buildings are located fairly close to both, the hostels and the staff quarters. The campus has full-fledged branches of State Bank of India and Canara Bank with ATM facility, and Post Office.

The Institute has its own Health Center with residential Medical Officer. The specialized services of a Psychological Counselor, Dietician, Physiotherapist, Pathology lab, Yoga Centre, and also medical consultants in Ayurveda and Homeopathy are available. Patients suffering from serious illness requiring intensive care are referred to the Govt. Medical College and Hospital and health care centers duly approved under the CGHS.

An adequately equipped canteen is close to the instruction zone and hostels. Two more cafeterias exist on the campus. The Institute has a well equipped Gymkhana apart from various playgrounds for Tennis, Badminton, Volley Ball, Foot Ball, Hockey and Cricket. NCC unit is also located on campus.


As per the provisions of the NIT Act, the Board of Governors (BoG) is responsible for superintendence, direction, and control of the Institute. Thus, the BoG is vested with full powers over the affairs of administration/management and finances of the institute. Members of the Board represent Govt. of India, Govt. of Maharashtra, Industries, and faculty of the Institute. The Director is the principal academic and executive officer of the Institute. Besides the Board of Governors, the Senate, the Finance Committee and the Building and Works Committee are Statutory Committees and therefore, Authorities of the Institute.

Apart from these committees, the Board has the power to constitute various sub-committees for smooth and efficient administration. Thus, the Board has constituted the Stores Purchase Committee (SPC), Grievance Committee (GC), and Special Cell. The SPC administers the centralized procurement of equipment and material where as the GC provides a mechanism for redressal of grievances of staff and faculty. The Special Cell functions to protect the interest of backward-class candidates through procedural, institutional and other safeguards.

The Institute has a Women Cell and a CVO for maintaining the various activities.

Academic Programs

The institute offers Undergraduate programs, Post Graduate and Doctoral research programme (Full Time and Part Time) in Engineering, Architecture and Science disciplines. There are nine Under Graduate programs consisting of eight B. Tech. and One B. Arch. program. The B. Tech. programs offer B. Tech. degree in Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Mechanical, Metallurgical and Materials and Mining. A total of Nineteen Post Graduate courses offering M. Tech. degree and 3 Post Graduate programs offering M.Sc. degree are conducted. All the Engineering, Architecture as well as Science Departments (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Departments) and Humanities also offer Doctoral Research programs.

Courses Offered

The list of the academic programs offered by the institute for the current year is as given below.

S NProgramDepartment offering the program
(a)Under Graduate 
 B Tech 
1Chemical EngineeringChemical Engineering
2Civil EngineeringCivil Engineering
3Computer Science  & EngineeringComputer Science  & Engineering
4Electronics & Communication EngineeringElectronics Engineering
5Electrical EngineeringElectrical Engineering
6Mechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering
7Metallurgical & Materials Science EngineeringMetallurgical & Materials Science Engineering
8Mining EngineeringMining Engineering
 B Arch 
(b)Post Graduate 
 M Tech 
1Structural Dynamics and Earthquake EngineeringApplied Mechanics
2Structural EngineeringApplied Mechanics
3Urban PlanningArchitecture
4Chemical EngineeringChemical Engineering
5Environmental EngineeringCivil Engineering
6Water Resources EngineeringCivil Engineering
7Construction Technology & ManagementCivil Engineering
8Transportation EngineeringCivil Engineering
9Computer Science  & EngineeringComputer Science  & Engineering
10VLSI DesignCentre for VLSI and Nano Technology
11Communication System EngineeringElectronics Engineering
12Integrated Power SystemElectrical Engineering
13Power Electronics & DrivesElectrical Engineering
14Industrial EngineeringMechanical Engineering
15Heat Power EngineeringMechanical Engineering
16CAD-CAMMechanical Engineering
17Material EngineeringMetallurgical & Materials  Science Engineering
18Excavation EngineeringMining Engineering
19Process MetallurgyMetallurgical & Materials  Science Engineering
 M Sc 
(C) Ph.D. (Full Time / Part Time)

Ph.D. Program is offered in all Engineering, Applied Sciences, Architecture and Humanities and Social Science departments. Ph.D. under QIP scheme is offered by Electrical Engineering Department and Department of Metallurgy and Materials.

Admission Procedure

VNIT Nagpur follows the admission procedure for various programs as per the Ministry of Education (Shiksha Mantralaya) norms. This procedure in mentioned below:

Under Graduate Programs: B.Tech/B.Arch.

UG program seats are filled by JEE qualified candidates through centralized admission process conducted by the committee constituted by Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD. Reservation of seats is as per Govt. of India rules. In the year 2018-19, the centralized admission process was coordinated by Ministry of Education (Shiksha Mantralaya) constituted Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) HQ at NIT, Jaipur.

Post Graduate Programs: M. Tech. / M. Sc.

M Tech program seats are filled by GATE qualified candidates. In the year 2018-19, the seat allocation was done through Central Counseling for M Tech (CCMT) constituted by Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD HQ at NIT Delhi. Reservation of seats is as per Govt. of India rules.

Sc. program seats are filled by JAM qualified candidates. In the year 2018-19, the seat allocation was done through Centralized Counseling for M. Sc. (CCMN) constituted by Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD HQ at NIT Rourkela. Reservation of seats is as per Govt. of India rules.
Ph.D. (Full Time/ Part Time ) Program

There is no seats intake in Ph.D. program. Admission is given through institute advertisement. Candidates are selected thorough written test and interview conducted of short listed candidates at the respective departments. Candidates of full time Ph.D. program are given teaching assistance ship as per norms. Candidate is required to undergo coursework as recommended by the department. Minimum duration for submission of thesis is 3 years for Ph.D. (Full Time) program. Institute also gives admission to candidates nominated under QIP scheme.