NSIT: Producing Well Rounded Employable Engineers

Late Narasu's R.P. Sarathy,FounderThe world today is driven by technology, and this in turn has driven a demand for engineers. Today, engineers are required not only on the shop floor, but in design, innovation, and R&D. While India produces a large number of engineering graduates every year, surveys indicate that only about twenty percent of them are employable. The majority of the graduates lack the skills that employers are looking for.

Narasus Sarathy Institute of Technology (NSIT) is an engineering institution located near Salem and is producing employable engineering graduates. Established in the year 2008, NSIT is a NAAC accredited institution, founded by Narasu's R.P. Sarathy, an entrepreneur, educationalist, and philanthropist. NSIT with a motto that "Education with Ethics Creates Excellence", has transformed into a sought after institution in Tamil Nadu. The institution has also sup-ported deserving students in the area with merit scholarships, based on their academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular achievements.

The NSIT campus is spread over 25 acres and has a serene ambiance to help students learn in peaceful surroundings. The campus is wifi enabled and has smart classrooms and advanced laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment. The computer laboratories are equipped with the latest software products. The infrastructure includes a central library with a vast collection of rare books, several departmental libraries, and seminar halls. NSIT was able to continue with online teaching and conduct online exams using different online platforms during the pandemic. NSIT has a cafeteria on campus and also provides a dedicated bus service to various parts of Salem and Dharmapuri districts.

NSIT is affiliated with Anna University and offers five basic UG courses (B.E. – CSE, ECE, EEE, and Mechanical; B. Tech – IT) and two PG courses (M.E. – CSE, and VLSI). The college follows the Anna University admissions process. The institution has over 140 well-experienced faculty to teach and train over 700 students. Over twenty percent of the faculty have a Ph.D., while another
thirty percent are in the process of getting one. The faculty is well versed in the art of teaching engineering concepts using application-based methodologies.

The curriculum goes beyond textbook learning, to ensure that the students can hit the ground running in the industry. Student centric teaching methods are employed, including seminars, webinars, presentations, online quizzes, and technical process videos. The faculty members are also encouraged to interact with the industry along with the students in the form of industry visits and live projects to enhance their technical skills. The faculty are also given opportunities to participate in national and international conferences, workshops, and ATAL Faculty Development Program. The faculty appraisal system is designed to encourage journal publications and research.

Focus on soft skills
NSIT has followed a very unique system for developing the communication skills and the technical knowhow of students through 'Concept a day'.. The institute has a full-fledged Placement & Training cell which provides aptitude, technical and soft skill training from the first semester with a committed placement training syllabus to prepare them not only for employment but entrepreneurship and Higher Education. NSIT has tied up with renowned IT companies to carry out an employability assessment of every student. The result is a multidimensional evaluation of the student and assists in providing the right training to the student. The NSIT Entrepreneur Development Cell (EDC) is working to make the college a hub for innovative business ideas and a stepping stone for budding entrepreneurs. The EDC and the Industry Institute Interaction Cell (IIIC), provide the students an opportunity to interact with the industry and create successful business plans. In addition, NSIT is a member of various organizations such as ICTAT, CIL, and the Salem Productivity Council furthering the student’s interaction with the industry. An Incubation center provides seed money to a minimum of five business plans every year, putting the students on the path to successful entrepreneurship.

An Incubation center provides seed money to a minimum of five business plans every year, putting the students on the path to successful entrepreneurship

Each year over seventy-five companies are invited to the recruitment drive. Students get placed in reputed companies such as TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Capgemini, Mphasis, and Syrma, emphasizing the strong bond that NSIT has with the industry.

NSIT believes in imparting holistic education to students. The students are educated in the art of human service with active units of NSS, NCC, RRC, and YRC. Students have conducted blood donation camps, medical camps, veterinary camps, social awareness camps and rallies, and Covid vaccination camps. Each department has its own technical and nontechnical clubs to enrich the student’s campus life with a wide array of experiences. The goal is not to just award a degree but create a humane engineer who can create sustainable solutions. As part of CSR activity, NSIT donated 200 cots to the Salem steel Covid treatment center.

NSIT is marching into the future well aligned with the founder’s vision of creating employable engineers by providing quality education to deserving students. The institution is working towards improving its NAAC ranking and striving to attain NBA accreditation, and moving to an autonomous status.