The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), one of the oldest private engineering colleges of the country, was started in the year 1946. The engineers, professors and other good men who labored to establish NIE are many. Their contribution to the cause of technical education is equally noble, whether it has been large or small, whether by money or service. NIE owes it glory to all these Men with a Mission. Among the sixteen eminent founders, three engineers Sri S.Ramaswamy, Retd. Superintending Engineer, Mysore PWD, Sri D.V.Narasimha Rao, Retd. Chief Engineer, Mysore State Railways and Sri T.Rama Rao, Retd. Executive Engineer of Mysore PWD, took lead in establishing NIE, the Temple of Learning. It has completed 69 years of fruitful existence.
The Institution began by offering a Diploma course in Civil Engineering, but its progress was rapid and soon AMIE and later B.E. in various disciplines were started. In 1956, the State and Union Governments recognised NIE as one of the institutions listed for development during the second and subsequent five-year plans. In 1958-59, NIE got private-aided institutions status under grant-in-aid code of Karnataka Government.
NIE is being managed by a Managing Committee of President, Vice-President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer and six distinguished Directors. Presently, 9 out of 10 elected Managing Committee members are NIE alumni.
NIE Group of Institutions
Started as a single institute, NIE today has a group of institutions; under its Society and Trust.
• The National Institute of Engineering
• NIE Institute of Technology, about 2 kms from Infosys, Mysuru
• NIE Industrial Training Institute
• NIE First Grade College
Today NIE stands at the 28th position among India’s top 100 Engineering Colleges that include IITs and NITs and 2nd in Karanataka. Approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, NIE is a grant-in-aid institution and is accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi. NIE got autonomous status by Visvesvarya Technological University, Belagavi in 2007. It is one of the 14 colleges in Karnataka state that has been recognized under Ministry of Human Resources Development-World Bank sponsored Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). It is also a recognised QIP Research Centre of AICTE.
NIE offers 7 Bachelor, 11 Master’s and 5 Post-graduate Diploma programmes and has 13 Centres of Excellence. The student strength is about 3500. Many funded research projects of Central and State Governments, VTU, ISRO and McMaster University amounting to about Rs. 700 lakh are presently carrying out at NIE. The journey to excellence is envisioned in reference to three major pillars:
• Intellectual infrastructure creation
• Courses/services offerings
• Institution building