National Institute Of Technology Silchar (NIT Silchar) , an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Act was established in 1967 as a Regional Engineering College (REC), Silchar. NIT Silchar is situated on the banks of river Barak. In the year 2002, it was upgraded to the status of an NIT from a Regional Engineering College (REC). Regional Engineering College, Silchar was established in 1967 as a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Assam under the administration of a society registered under Society Registration Act XXI of 1860. The college was transformed into National Institute of Technology in the year 2002, and bestowed with the status of Deemed University by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
The campus of the institute is spread over an area of 540 acres, set amidst a sprawling landscape of natural quiteness, bordered on expansive tea gardens. The instructional buildings have been so located that these are fairly near to both the hostels and the staff quarters. There is a full-fledged computerized branch of State Bank of India, a Post-Office, and a number of telephone booths with STD/ISD facilities in the campus. The Institute has its own Dispensary with full-time and contractual basis Medical Officers to attend to the regular medical needs of the students, staff and their families. Patients suffering from serious illness, requiring intensive care, are referred to the Silchar Medical College & Hospital, which is only about two kilometers from the campus. An adequately equipped Canteen is there near the instructional zone and two more buildings for this purpose are under consideration one of which is now complete which will provide facilities to the students and the staff during and beyond the working hours. There is a well-eqipped Gymkhana and a Students Activity Center which are utilized by students for activities like bodybuilding, indoor games and similar other pursuits. At present, for the extra-curricular activities of the students and staff, there is an Institute hall with a sitting arrangement for an audience of around 500. The institute has 2 buses, which make morning and evening trips to Silchar town. City buses and Auto rickshaws ply between Silchar town and the institute campus.