National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT) formerly known as Regional Engineering College, (REC) is one of the premier national level institutions for technical education in the country. NIT is a joint undertaking of Government of India and Government of Orissa. Government of India has elevated the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela to a deemed university under the name of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
The institute offers courses leading to the degree of B.Tech in Mechanical, Electrical, Ceramic, Civil, Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical, Mining, Computer Science and Engineering, Applied Electronics and Communication Engineering. The institute also offers Post Graduate courses in Engineering & Science leading to the degree of M.Tech in several disciplines like Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Metallurgical, Chemical and Computer Science and Engineering, Master of Science (in Physics, Chemistry and Applied Mathematics) and Masters in Computer Applications (M.C.A.) under Sambalpur university. The institute also provides opportunity for part-time M.E. studies, in selected fields and also doctoral research in various subjects.
The institute is on the verge of receiving a massive grant from World Bank and will further step up various developmental programs. There are excellent laboratory facilities with grants received from various funding agencies. With these facilities and capabilities available, it is expected that the institute can actively interact with industries in the areas of conducting various refresher/short-term courses, and training programs for industry personnel. The companies where students of NIT have been placed are TCS, WIPRO, Infosys, HCL, Satyam Computers, TISCO, Hero Honda Motors, Asian Paints, and other firms of national repute.