For those of you out there preparing for JEE, aspiring to be an engineer, for every NITian (present or past) or those who are keen to know what goes into the working mechanisms and prestige of a college, this article is for you-to provide you an insight into the present NIT Silchar campus life. I am sure you would love to know exactly what kind of campus surroundings and campus life the amazing and brilliant budding engineers are leading as they study! So, I present here some awesome features of the college campus and lifestyle:-
(1) Bharat Ratna Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Learning Resource Centre:
Built at a budget of Rs 44 crores,the Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Learning Resource Centre was inaugurated in 2016 by the CM of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal. It is spread over an area of 90,000 square feet and has been equipped with a conference room, group discussion rooms, a terrace garden library and a refreshment lounge and a digital lab with computers connected to high-speed Internet. The building has special anti-reflective glass windows which block direct sunlight and heat but provide sufficient natural illumination during the day to cut electricity costs. It is expected that students from the neighboring institutes would be able to utilize the facilities of this architectural masterpiece for the dissemination of knowledge.
(2) The scenery:
The greenery all around,the numerous lakes and ponds including the INDIE LAKE contribute to make the NIT Silchar campus life feel like one is actually at a holiday destination! In addition, the tea gardens located just outside the campus takes one’s breath away.The best part is that this entire picturesque landscape spans all over the huge campus of an area of 625 acres! A lot of stamina will be needed to explore the entire campus in one trip!
NIT Silchar offers undergraduate and graduation programs in Engineering, Science and Humanities with 11 departments. It also has a Kendriya Vidyalaya School and a NIT’S Kids’ School and playground within the campus itself. Admission to the undergraduate B.Tech degree courses are done only via JEE exam scores.The placements of NIT Silchar in 2015 were 90 percent with various prestigious companies.
(4) Hostel facilities:
There are 11 boys hostels, 3 girls hostels housing more than 2500 students from all over the country. Each hostel has been provided with the best living amenities and has been equipped with high speed LAN and Wifi connection 24/7. In addition to these hostels, a much spacious new hostel is currently under construction to accommodate the student demand.
(5) Comfortable Guest houses:
In addition to hostels, two large guest houses furnished with every comfort to accommodate a a large number of guests at a time are present within the campus for important dignitaries as well as students’ guardians to enjoy a comfortable stay.One is even provided with free WiFi in these guesthouses along with wide varieties of breakfast, lunch and dinner items to choose from.
(6) Student activities:
The Gymkhana Student Union Body carries out systematically a lot of co-curricular and fun activities within the NIT Silchar campus itself. The institute has a well-equipped gym and has good infrastructure for different sports activities like cricket, football, badminton, tennis, chess etc. Along with these, there are regular workshops on robotics, coding, and other interesting topics. One can even learn foreign languages like German in the campus itself.There are facilities to learn Mountaineering and skating besides NCC too.The NGO Gyansagar formed by the students is carrying out charitable work in villages outside the institute and provides classes to the children from poor families.
(7) Research and Startup Centre:
The Research Promotion Cell (RPC) and the Indovation Lab in the campus helps promote a spirit of scientific enquiry and motivates the use of technology as a means to ease human effort. Already a number of patents and inventions have been accomplished by the students and the faculty. NIT Silchar is also fortunate enough to have a full-fledged Startup centre promoting entrepreneurship among the student community. A number of promising startup companies have already come up under its patronage.
(8) Gymkhana Incandescence and Technosis:
Description of campus life is incomplete without a mention of the college festivals-the techfest Technosis and the cultural fest Incandescence . Incandescence is usually held in February each year and includes performances by leading artists and music bands of India.In the entire weekend of Incandescence,the campus is decorated with lights and given a very unique look. Technosis, the techfest, is held in October/November and incorporates several fun-filled and informative events like robotics competitions, coding challenges, treasure hunts, quizzes, auto-expo, etc. Both of the events are considered to be one of the best college festivals in the North-East India.
Besides the features,mentioned here there are several other interesting events, competitions, activities in day-to-day life that make the NIT Silchar campus life awesome. Having a campus life here can prove to be one’s cherished memory!