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 in the band of 101 to 150 top engineering colleges in the country that include IITs and NITs as per National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF-2017) announced by MHRD during April 2017
NIE ranked 22 among India’s top 100 Engineering Colleges, as per survey conducted by Outlook magazine (June 2017). It is a grant-in-aid institution and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. NIE got autonomous status by Visvesvarya Technological University, Belagavi in 2007. Four Undergraduate Programmes; Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Industrial & Production Engineering have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi, for 3 years. It is one of the 14 colleges in Karnataka that has been recognized under Ministry of Human Resources Development-World Bank sponsored Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) and one of 10 Engineering Colleges in Karnataka that has accreditation for its Programmes. It is also a recognised QIP Research Centre of both AICTE and VTU.
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