A Perspective …
The National Institute of Engineering (NIE) was started in the year 1946 with admission only to a diploma course in Civil Engineering. The first batch of 86 students answered their attendance call sitting in a rustic room with thatched roof in Laxmipuram. Later, the classes were held in a temporary shed in the Sharada Vilas High School campus. However, the untiring efforts of the retired senior engineer trio, Sri. S.Ramaswamy, Sri.D.V.Narasimha Rao and Sri.T.Ramarao, the NIE founders, gave fruition when the NIE was securely established by 1950 with its own class rooms and workshops on a sprawling 6-acre land in Mysore South.
The students, who were preparing for AMIE in Civil Engineering (NIE had started AMIE also in 1948 for intermediate - passed students), were permitted to change over to the regular degree course leading to B.E. Degree in Civil Engineering of the Mysore University. Thus, NIE became the second Engineering College in the state and the first in Mysore.
Later, the first batch of students in Civil Engineering graduated in 1953 from the portals of NIE. Progress of the Institute was so rapid that 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 institution status under grand-in-aid code of Karnataka Government.
Today, NIE is one of the premier institutions in the country offering B.E degree in Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial & Production, Mechanical Engineering and part-time B.E (evening course) for practising Civil Engineering Diploma holders. The NIE also offers Master's degree in Hydraulics. Power Systems, Production Engineering System Technology, Computer Applications to Industrial Drives, Computer Applications (MCA) and Engineering Management and P.G. Diploma in Business Computing. The NIE also offers Doctoral programmes in specialised areas in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial & Production Engineering.
Besides establishing various Centers like Center for Appropriate Rural Technology, Entrepreneurship Development Cell and Consultancy Centre, the NIE, established under the aegis of NIE Society, has set up the state-of-the-art laboratories such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory, Solar Energy Laboratory, Remote Sensing Laboratory and Instrumentation Cell. Thus, the Institute is contributing a great deal by way of developing relevant manpower for the industrial and research organisations in the country.
Since its inception, the Institute's objective has been to train young and deserving boys and girls thoroughly so that they not only turn out to be consummate engineers but also make worthy contribution to the technological progress of the country. In fact, the NIE alumni have occupied high positions in educational institutes like IITs, IISc, and IIM, national research laboratories and in major industrial units in India and abroad. Some of the alumni have become very successful entrepreneurs.
The NIE Society
The NIE is being managed by a committee of President, Vice-President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer besides six Directors. As per the statute of the AICTE, the Governing Council, which assists the NIE administration, has five NIE Directors, Principal and five nominated members of Government of India, Karnataka Government, AICTE and Mysore University.
The NIE Society is also running the National Industrial Training Institute, which offers a technical job-oriented Diploma programme for S.S.L.C passed students, and the NIE College of Science, which offers Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Science.
As NIE marked the milestone of the fiftieth anniversary in 1996, a year-long Golden jubilee Celebrations were held during 1996-97. To mark the occasion, NIE Management has proposed to establish Centres for Continuing Education, Research and Consultancy, Energy Studies and for Management Studies, construction of 200-seat modern auditorium and an indoor sports complex at the newly acquired 6-acre plot near the existing campus. An imposing complex having 30 lecture halls is being constructed in the first phase at the new site at a cost of Rs 3 crores.
NIE Governing Council
M.A. Sampath lyengar, President, NIE-MC
S.R. Subba Rao, Vice President, NIE-MC
M. Sreepada Rao, Secretary, NIE-MC
S.L. Ramachandra, Treasurer, NIE-MC
Dr. C.K.N. Raja, Director, NIE-MC
Dr. K. Balaveera Reddy, DTE, Govt., of Karnataka
N. Mohan Das, Regional officer, SWRO, A1CTE
N.R Shetty, Vice Chancellor & AICTE Nominee
M.P. Sampath, Mysore University Representative
Dr. T.R. Seetharam, NIE Principal & CEO.