National Institute of Technology Srinagar, (NIT) is one of the premier Educational Institutes in the Northern Regions of the country. It was established in 1960 and has been one of the eighteen Regional Engineering Colleges sponsored by the Government of India during the 2nd Plan. The Institute acquired the status of National Institute of Technology with Deemed University status during August, 2003 and attained full autonomy in its Academics. On 15th August 2007, it became an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Bill. Besides running the B.Tech Programme in eight disciplines, the Institute also offers M.Tech programme in Civil, Mechanical and Electronics and Communication Engineering disciplines. Today, NIT, Srinagar is an ensemble of a multi layered educational system which covers all aspects of schooling, undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral level education.
National Institute of Technology Srinagar is located in the Kashmir valley which is at the north of the country. Surrounded by Himalayan ranges, the Institute is situated at the banks of the famous Dal Lake. The Dal and Neegin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors round the year.
Since its inception, the department of physics is offering the General Physics courses Physics I and Physics II for all branches of B.Tech students during first and second semesters respectively. In addition to that, the department offers several electives to various branches. These include Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Solid state physics, Materials Science, Solar Architecture, Ecology and Technology Development. The department has produced most M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars in the Institutes. PhD programmes are offered in a variety of fields and multi disciplinary thrust areas.
The department of Physics is one of the leading departments in National Institute of Technology, which is committed to the intellectual, technological and economic advancement of the society through the discovery and development of new scientific knowledge. Unending efforts are being made by the department to develop the well equipped research laboratories to cater the needs of masters programme which is supposed to be approved in near future.
The department has full-fledged laboratories for research and offers Ph.D programmes in Solid state, Space Physics, Nuclear physics and in Renewable energy sectors. Presently, the department has six faculty members and the faculty has developed research collaborations with several premier institutions across the globe. In order to inculcate the academic culture, the department regularly organizes lecture/quiz competitions and invited talks by the eminent scientists.
In phase I under TEQIP, the world Bank funded sophisticated Instrumentation center was established which caters the research needs of faculty, students and scholars of the region.