Founded 1960 as Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal. Became a 'Deemed Unviersity' and upgraded to National Institute of Technology 2002. Declared as 'Institute of National Importance' 2007.
Accreditation: Ministry of Human Resource Development
- Academic year: July to May (July-December, January-May), also winter and summer sessions
- Requirements: Higher secondary school certificate
- Students allowance: Co-ed