Awards, rewards and accreditations have become synonymous with the institution in the recent past. The latest and the most prestigious in the list of achievements is the Grade 'A' accreditation bestowed upon NIST by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India (UGC) with the highest rating of 3.22 among all engineering colleges of Odisha.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, has published the India Rankings 2016 at a glittering ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan on 4th April, 2016. Predictably the IITs are in the top ranks followed by NITs. The Berhampur based National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) has been ranked 69th in the entire country in engineering. NIST by virtue of its 69th position is ranked as the first private engineering college of Odisha. The criteria for ranking included teaching/learning resources, research, graduation outcomes, outreach/inclusivity and perception. The data for the first four parameters, which account for 90% of the weightage, was submitted by the institutions and verified by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), a body constituted by the HRD ministry to conduct annual surveys.
Giving other engineering institutions in Odisha a run for their money, the Berhampur-based NIST forges ahead in the field of techno-education. Relentless efforts by the institution help it make forays into the big league of technical educational institutions in Odisha, besides retaining its strong foothold as the leading engineering college in Southern Odisha.