Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-04-06 10:50 Mysuru: One of the pioneering institution in the city, National Institute of Engineering (NIE) has secured the 96th position among 3800 engineering colleges in India, according the latest rankings of educational institutions in India. While many of prestigious engineering institutions including Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institution of Technology and deemed universities in the ranking framework, the NIE has been named among the best 100 institutions in the country. It is also listed at the fourth in Karnataka. Among Institutions from Karnataka, National Institute of Technology, Mangaluru stood at 22n, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru 33rd, R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru 35th, Manipal Institute of Technology 39th, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumakuru 70th, with NIE taking the 96thposition. The ranking report was released on Monday by the MHRD Minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi. The framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country. It draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions. The parameters broadly cover Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practices, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception. Ranking methods were worked out for 6 categories of institutions including Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Architecture, Universities and Colleges. Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai stood first among engineering institutions, with IIT Mumbai coming second, IIT Kharagpur 3rd, IIT Delhi 4th, and IIT Kanpur fifth. NIE was started in the year 1946 with admission only to a Diploma course in Civil Engineering. The first batch of 86 students answered their attendance call sitting in a rustic room with thatched roof in Laxmipuram. Later, the classes were held in a temporary shed in Sharada Vilas High School campus. However, the untiring efforts of the retired senior engineer trio, S Ramaswamy, D V Narasimha Rao and T Rama Rao, bore fruition when NIE was securely established by 1950 with its own class rooms and workshops on a sprawling 6-acre land in Mysore South. The students, who were preparing for AMIE in Civil Engineering (NIE had started AMIE in 1948 for intermediate passed students), were permitted to change over to the regular degree course leading to B.E. Degree in Civil Engineering of the Mysore University. Thus, NIE became the second Engineering College in the state and the first in Mysore. In 1958-59, NIE got private-aided Institution status under grant-in-aid code of the State government. Approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, NIE is a grant-in-aid institution and was accorded autonomous status by Visvesvarya Technological University, Belagavi in 2007. It is one of the 14 colleges in Karnataka state that has been recognized under Ministry of Human Resources Development-World Bank sponsored Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). It is also a recognised QIP Research Centre of AICTE. NIE offers 7 Bachelors, 11 Masters and 5 Post-graduate Diploma programmes and has 13 Centres of Excellence including in the area of nano-science, building fire, automation and automobile. The student strength is about 3,700. Many funded research projects of Central and State Governments, VTU, ISRO and McMaster University amounting to over Rs. 700 lakh are presently carrying out at NIE. During 2015-16, NIE applied for 15 patents and the faculty members published about 200 research papers in both national and international journals.