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Research at NITK

As educators, NITK recognizes research as a potent form of learning by doing. Our students enrich their education through engaging in frontline, faculty-led research. Research flourishes in our fourteen departments that convene experts across disciplines to transform the cutting-edge technology in to a new horizon. The inter-disciplinary research brings the diverse talent to bear, together, on important societal problems of the country.

Research at NITK is an integral part of the curriculum and a major component of the teaching-learning process. The institute takes pride in being recognized as a Centre for AICTE sponsored National Doctoral Programme and also as a Centre for Quality Improvement Programme (QIP). The newly introduced M.Tech (Research) programmes are aimed at orienting students towards novel research possibilities at an early stage. The institute assures for its scholars a broad and deep research navigation. The NITK Research Advisory Board is established to provide policy directions to research activities.

The institution has attracted significant research grants from various central and state government agencies, and various industries with a total of 162 ongoing sponsored research projects. NITK has received over Rs.200 crores since 2016. A new central research facility(CRF) with a funding of Rs.80 crores from Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) will equip NITK with a state of the art equipment/software across departments and encourage interdisciplinary research. A Regional Academic Centre - space (RAC-s) supported by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will shortly been setup in NITK, to cater to the technological needs of ISRO.

Research Projects Overview

  • Research grants amounting to Rs 86.08 crore in the year 2018-19
  • 1339 publications in SCI, Scopus and Web of Science journals
  • 124 students awarded PhD in the year 2018-19
  • 162 sponsored projects in 2018-19
  • 424 publications in international/national conference proceedings
Why Research at NITK?
PhD Students

Why Research at NITK?

NITK provides a wide breadth of research opportunities for our students to explore new avenues in the concerned areas.

  • Scopus publication per faculty per annum is 3.95 in the year 2018.
  • The h-index for the institute is 64.
  • International collaborative research projects with collaborators in the USA, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
  • Seven Centres of Excellence to support interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research
  • Research Fellowship programmes planned to encourage research scientists and post doctoral fellows.The faculty research endeavors are funded either internally (under the scheme: Seed Grant for newly joined faculty) or through grants of the Government of India and other funding bodies.
  • Research Parks proposed for faculty startups.


  • Institute supports and encourages faculty members to provide industrial consulting services
  • Testing & consulting activities are facilitated, coordinated and monitored by tCentre for Innovation, IPR and Industrial Consultancy (CIC).
  • Institute laboratories are recognized for quality services in testing, certification and calibration of instruments, equipment and materials.
  • Industries and Government agencies in the region/state have gained significantly through technical consultancy provided by faculty.
  • More than 200 industries and government agencies are availing testing & consultancy services from the Institute regularly
  • Total revenue generated through testing & consultancy works during 2018-19 was Rs. 1.55 Crores.


  • 3123 journal publications in SCI, Scopus and Web of Science since 2017
  • 424 publications in national/international conference proceedings

No. of PhDs

  • Total number of registered PhD students : 799
  • PhD awarded in 2018-19: 124
  • Scopus publication per faculty per annum is 3.95 in the year 2018.
  • The h-index for the institute is 64.