Bengaluru: The Karnataka Cabinet yesterday approved a draft Bill proposing to grant Deemed University status to the National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru. The Bill has to be passed in the Legislature for NIE to get the Deemed University status.
It may be recalled here that Infosys Founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, the alumnus of NIE, had recently met Higher Education Minister G.T. Devegowda and Deputy Chief Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara requesting the Deemed University status for the institute which is one of the oldest institute in the State.
Narayana Murthy is keen on taking the institute to international standards and had prepared a blue print for the same.
Founded in 1946 by engineers S. Ramaswamy, D.V. Narasimha Rao and T. Rama Rao, with the assistance and support of 13 other eminent personalities, NIE is the only other engineering institute after the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) in Bengaluru, to have been founded before Independence, in Karnataka.
The institution began by offering a Diploma course in Civil Engineering and later offered BE in various disciplines. 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 grant-in-aid code of Karnataka Government.
It was initially run from a small building in Lakshmipuram and the institution moved to its present location, a campus spread across six acres in Vidyaranyapuram.
The Institute has acquired 50 acres of land in Kadakola from Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board where it is likely to set up NIE University.
The college deserves a lot more since It’s one of the best colleges in Mysore. The faculty is very good the students have over all development . The students are exposed to studies are humble . The exposer prepares them to face any part of the world.Only concern is the level of English among the students of rural areas.
This should have been taken place much early. However it is in line with saying that
Better be late than never
Dr Suresha S 1992 batch Mech. Engg.
NIE once upon a time was a college fir merited students and JCE was considered a donation college! There were some students who got in to JCE too on merit quota, but the college preferred the donation candidates as it made the college richer! In mid eighties if I went to a gathering of engineering graduates, if you said you passed from JCE the obvious assumption was you were rich and influential!
Also, JCE expanded and became more prominent leaving the NIE behind!
Finally , glad somebody recognized it
Congratulations to NIE. Great institute with excellent culture. Competent & Dedicated faculty and focused Students. – rare to get such environment in today’s world.