The National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC), is a public engineering college at Surathkal, about 20 kilometres north of Mangalore. It was founded in 1960 as KREC and today, it is one of the National Institutes of Technology in India and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. It is a suburban campus, in close proximity to the Arabian Sea. National Highway 17 runs through the campus and serves as the major mode of access.
NITK has a lush green 250 acre campus. Residential Campus is self sufficient in every aspect. Staff Quarters consists of more than 200 residences with both independent houses and flats. Residential campus is made up of Director's quarters, Professors & Asst professors quarters, Lectures & Asst lectures quarters, Warden quarters, Bachelors quarters and Non-teaching staff colony.
Staff club, shopping complex, banks with ATM facility, post office, schools, hospital, guest house, cafeterias, playground are present in the campus for the benefits of staff.