Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), also referred to as NIT Nagpur, formerly Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur and Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (VRCE), is an engineering institute in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in central India. The institute has been ranked among the best thirty engineering colleges in India. The institute was established in June 1960 and later named in honor of engineer, planner and statesman, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. It is one of the National Institutes of Technology and in 2007 was conferred the status of Institute of National Importance.
The college was established as the Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur in 1960, under an educational program of the Government of India. The State College of Engineering, established in 1956 in the same city, was then merged with the institute.
The institute is located in the western part of the city near Ambazari Lake, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Nagpur Railway Station and 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Nagpur Airport. There are three main entrances to the 220 acres (89 ha) campus, namely the Main Gate on South Ambazari Road, the Bajaj Nagar Gate and the Yashwant Nagar Gate.Most students live on the campus, which has over 12 men's hostels and 2 women's hostels.On-campus housing for faculty is also available as an option. The campus is fully networked using fiber optic cables.The campus health-care center caters to primary and urgent care requirements of students and staff.The campus has facilities for auditoriums, a computer center, sporting facilities, a State Bank of India branch,a Canara Bank branch, cafes, coffee shops, a co-operative store and a post office.
As an institute with university status, VNIT operates with complete autonomy in financial, academic and administrative matters. The institute's Board of Governors manages the institute. The board has representatives from the Government of India, Government of Maharashtra, All India Council for Technical Education, University Grants Commission, the institute's faculty and illustrious Indian scientists or technologists.The Student Council, composed of elected student representatives, plays an active role in various student affairs such as Academics, Training & Placement, Technical Affairs, Sports and Cultural Activities.
VNIT offers students opportunities to pursue a range of interests. The National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme are national organizations with active student participation.VNIT hosts an active chapter of SPIC MACAY, which promotes classical Indian music, dance and culture. Hamsdhwani is a student Hindustani classical music group. A number of semi professional rock bands and music groups are formed at VNIT and perform at local events. Past popular bands have included Drakshya, Glasnost, Morphine, Rust, Saints of Metal and Vighn.
Halls Of Residence:
The institute has 10 halls of residence and one for post graduates.Staff residences for teaching as well as non teaching staff members is also available.