The National Institute of Technology (formerly known as Regional Engineering College) Tiruchirappalli, was started as a joint and co-operative venture of Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu in 1964. The institution was granted Deemed University Status with the approval of the UGC, AICTE and Government of India in the year 2003 and renamed as National Institute of Technology (NIIT).
NITT is now an autonomous co-educational engineering college, with 10 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs. Undergraduate programs lead to the B.Tech degrees, while the graduate students and postgraduate students earn M.Tech and Ph.D degrees respectively. NITT also has a management and architecture school. 50 % of the seats in N.I.T Trichy are reserved for Students from Tamil Nadu. All students aspiring to get admitted to N.I.T must appear for All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).
The hallmark of this NITT campus is The Octagon computer center. It maintains a Campus-wide Local Area Network with number of systems to provide computer training to 1000 students at a time, a CAD/CAM centre, a Library, 8 Mbps Internet connection through STPI, centralized Printing facility, Seminar and Conference facilities, apart from an in-house maintenance facility. This center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for use by students and staff.
Facilities for extracurricular activities like NCC and NSS are also available in the campus. Residential facilities are provided for most of the students and staff in the college campus. The Alumni of this institution have excelled in various spheres and are positioned very well globally.