Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur is one of the thirty National Institutes of Technology in the country. The Govt. of India conferred on the Institute, the Deemed to be University status (under University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956)) with effect from 26th June 2002. Subsequently, the Central Govt. by Act of Parliament (National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007 (29 of 2007)) declared VNIT Nagpur as an Institute of National Importance along with all other NITs. The Act was brought into force from 15th August 2007. Earlier, the Institute was known as Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (VRCE). It was established in the year 1960 under the scheme sponsored by Govt. of India and Govt. of Maharashtra. The college was started in June 1960 by amalgamating the State Govt. Engineering College functioning at Nagpur since July 1956. In the meeting held in October 1962, the Governing Board of the College resolved to name it after the eminent engineer, planner, and statesman of the country Sir M.Visvesvaraya.
V.N.I.T. has excellent residential facilities to cater the need of more than a thousand students. There are seven Boys Hostels and two Girls Hostels. Each hostel is having a telephone, T.V., Sports Items, water coolers, water heaters and well equipped mess facilities. It is mandatory for hostel inmates to join the mess in his / her hostel, managed by committee of students' representatives. All hostels are having independent mess where vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. All residents have to bear the wages of the mess cooks, servants, helpers and cleaners. Ministerial staff is provided by the Institute.
Training & Placement department provides the necessary guidance to the students for career planning and personality development. T & P department invites public and private sector organizations for campus recruitment of final year B.Tech., B.Arch. and M.Tech. students. The students undergo Industrial training during summer vacation generally for a period of 4 weeks. This training is meant for the engineering disciplines viz. Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials and Mining. Although the training is optional, majority students take advantage of the same. T & P department communicates with many industries to grant training seats for 3rd year students. The received training seats are then allotted to the students on the basis of merit and preference.