Message from Director

       Prof. Sangram Mudali, Director
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It is a great pleasure to welcome the new Batch of 2018 to a temple of modern learning called NIST. The Chairman and Founder of NIST, Shri Surendra Mudali had a dream and a vision to transform NIST into a mecca of technical and professional education and journey has been well accomplished in all of 21 years. But we have miles to go. As we step into our 22nd year (1996-2018) we would be well advised to pause and ponder for a moment about what a fantastic journey we have had and also the challenges of the future. Delving into the past brings us memories of small batches (first batch was only 180 students) and younger faculty (I was only 33 when I had joined). The events such as Waves, Sankalp were meager as compared to the mega events as they are now. But one thing remains the same – the huge energy, talent and enthusiasm of our student community which keeps us challenged throughout the year.

A warm and special welcome to the founding batch of students of the MSc programs in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from this academic session. We promise them a world class education. A long felt need of our faculty to do more Science has now been fulfilled. BPUT has also transformed itself into a leading University of India with its digitized, transparent examination process, timely publication of results and its new undergraduate syllabus offering major and minor specializations to the students of each department. A student of Mechanical Engineering can take courses for Honors in his own department and can also register a minor from the Computer Science Department as well.

The year 2016-2017 was a stupendous year. The Institute grabbed the 61st rank in the Outlook Rankings (up by 5 points from last year) and 14th rank in the DataQuest Rankings. The Institute slipped marginally to top 150 from the 69th position of last year among the top Engineering Colleges of India in the NIRF Rankings – a situation we are determined to improve this year. Furthermore the Institute made a mark in R & D as a technology partner in “India’s one and only smart village – Chottkei (Angul,Orissa)” which was made possible by NIST and SunMoksha engineers working in tandem. More than 100 villages in UP, Odisha, Jharkhand are being transformed by our technologies. Many new technologies were developed and disseminated to the industry. Another major breakthrough was our continuous leadership in the Semiconductor arena by winning the CADENCE Design contest three times in a row. The first IC “Mercury” from the India Chip Program came from our stables. The Institute created a record by being the only Institute from Odisha to have bagged a Prize in the SMART India Hackathon organized by MHRD, Govt of India.

On the academic front, more than 15 students bagged international scholarships for studying abroad. The most significant achievements have been in the field of Placement. Our traditional recruiters such as Wipro, Infosys, Cap Gemini, Mahindra, Mindtree reposed their tremendous faith in our students by hiring good numbers. Core companies such as SAP, Huawei, Sankalp Semiconductors, L &T Technologies raised the bar by offering salary packages as high as Rs. 10 Lacs per annum. The highest placement package was Rs. 20 Lacs from Dropbox to our student Sekhar Banarjee. NIST faculty members have bagged over Rs.100 lacs of R & D funding in this year alone. Faculty along with TA and RA students have published more than 80 papers in refereed journals.

Students have won tons of laurels for themselves and the Institute. Right from bagging the Google Summer of Code fellowships, INSA fellowships, they have secured admissions to prestigious institutes in USA, Taiwan, Japan for PhD programs. Students have won significantly in InterCollege fests and successfully participated in Robocon, SAE events, IIT technoevents. Student clubs have matured with age and are wowing audiences with social messages during Raahagiri and other programs throughout the year. NIST does not believe in living in an island. Our students are making a difference in their surroundings be it through the NSS, Counselling Services, Astronomy workshops, Robotics Summer Programs for School Children, Public Library, Old age homes, Destitute children homes, etc. In the planning is a grand Public Library of Science & Technology on the eve of our 20th Year Celebrations.

NIST is one of the almost-fully on-campus residential colleges of the country. The new Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building is all set to welcome the students with about 60000 sq ft of new laboratories and Centers of Excellence. The NIST Indoor stadium is already operational with more than 150 footfalls per day in its spanky gym. The rest of the 6 badminton courts, 2 squash courts and a basketball court are on their way alongwith a seating capacity of 1800. The new NIST auditorium with a seating capacity of 250 is destined to be a state-of-the-art setup.

In one grievous blow, NIST lost its one and only lofty visionary and its Chairman, Shri Surendra Mudali on June 2nd. We are sad and shocked. Each and person has a story to tell about his compassion and enthusiasm to build a top class Institute of in one of the most deprived parts of South Odisha. Thousands of students were able to go through college and higher education for his determination. But, we are determined more than ever to transform his words into action. He has built this institution brick by brick surmounting a thousand odds to gift us this wonderful campus. Let us pledge to uphold his principles of selfless service to society and social justice to all.

Looking forward to welcoming the new batch of 2017 and kudos to the 15000 alumni who have brought glory and fame to the Institute.