Admissions and academics of SVNIT – Surat, Gujarat

Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate courses in NIT Surat is granted through written entrance examinations. Admission to M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes is based primarily on a personal interview, though candidates have to take written tests as well.

Admission to undergraduate programmes in all NITs is through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination now known as JEE Main. Candidates who qualify for admission through JEE Main can apply for admission in B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology) and integrated M.Sc. (Master of Science) courses at NIT Surat. The admissions to postgraduate programmes (M.Tech.) are made primarily through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

NIT Surat follows the reservation policy declared by the Supreme Court of India, by which 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 15% for Scheduled Castes (SCs), and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes (STs). The institute also accepts foreign nationals through scholarships awarded by the Government of India, and non-resident Indians through an independent scheme known as Direct Admission for Students Abroad (DASA).

Sponsored research of SVNIT
Research in the institute is sponsored by government agencies including Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST); in 2008–09, research grants from these agencies exceeded one crore Indian rupees (Rs. 1,00,00,000; approx. US$200,000). The campus also boasts of having India’s first solar plant to desalinate seawater. This was set up at an investment of Rs. 3,50,00,000.

Ranking of SVNIT
SVNIT was ranked 61 among engineering colleges in India by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018.

Student life 
NIT Surat provides on-campus residential facilities to its students, research scholars, faculty members and staff. The students live in hostels (referred to as the Bhavans) throughout their stay in the institute. Facilities such as computing infrastructure and high-speed internet are extended to all the hostels and the entire campus is connected via Gigabit LAN.

Festivals of SVNIT
The institute has student-organised festivals like MindBend, Sparsh, Autumnfest, Quest (by ACM), Chunouti (Sports festival), JoyFest (by iIndia), MMNCT and Prakriti (organised by Applied Science department).

MindBend is SVNIT’s annual technical festival, the largest of its kind in Gujarat. Technical competitions and events covering all areas of engineering expose students across India to practical engineering. There are competitions, guest lectures, workshops and quizzes. The robotics events of Mindbend are famous in western India.

Sparsh is SVNIT’s annual cultural festival. It usually takes place in the second week of February. This five-day festival, the largest of its kind in South Gujarat consists of literary and debating events/competitions in the morning and gala cultural shows in the evenings. The ‘Sparsh Nights’ are the Singing Night, Dance and Skit Night, Fashion Night, Inaugural and the Celebrity Night. Celebrity Night has seen performances by Euphoria, Udit Narayan, Shaan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya.

In March 2007, Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi came to perform on the celebrity night. The 2008 version was graced by Mohit Chauhan and Gaurav Dagaonkar. The 2009 version saw Bombay Rockers come to the college. The 2011 version boasted of Kailash Kher’s performance. SPARSH’12, which marked the golden jubilee of SVNIT Surat was a grand success with KK performing in the celebrity night. This event also marked the beginning of mega shows in Sparsh such as Stuntmania, Hypnotism, Street Dancing. An Inaugural Night was added to the event which was graced by Flute performers and singer Rishabh Srivastava. The Sparsh of 2013 witnessed stellar duo of Salim-Sulaiman along with Shrraddha Pandit perform for the celebrity night. In 2014, Javed Ali performed sang on celebrity night. Also Paradigm Shift, a local Mumbai based band performed on singing night. In 2015, music directors and singers Vishal and Shekhar lead the musical performance and Singer KK was guest of celebrity night of the 2016 edition. Cultural events like kavi sammelan and musical programs such as Ghazal nights are also organized during Sparsh. The institute Literary and Debating committee organizes public speaking competitions and talent pageants.

AutumnFest is SVNIT’s annual Automotive-Entrepreneurial festival. In 2007 events included The Apprentice, Business baazigar, Spark the B-plan event, Strategem, and Lock stock and trade. A workshop by Mantis was part of Entru-meet ’07.

Manoj Memorial Night Cricket Tournament (MMNCT) is a cricket tournament, organised by the students with the help of SVNIT Board of Sports, Hostel Office and Bihar Students Alumni. This tournament was first organised in 2006.It is in remembrance of a student, Manoj Kumar, who was pursuing electrical engineering in the institute and died of dengue. All the matches are played under floodlights. Nikhil Maheshwari holds the record for highest runs.

Student organisations
Official Language Implementation Committee (Hindi Cell)
ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter
CEV (Cutting Edge Visionaries)
CES (Civil Engineering Society)
SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
SCOSH (Society for Cultivation of Sciences and Humanity)
DRISHTI (Technical Hobby Club)
EES (Electrical Engineering Society)

Student publications
Multiple press and media publications are managed by the institute students, which includes AS WE ARE (annual college magazine), Sammukh Hindi Magazine: “सम्मुख”( राजभाषा विभाग की वार्षिक पत्रिका ), and Renesa (monthly college magazine).

Alumni network
The SVNIT Alumni Association fosters the close relationship between the institute and its alumni. The association consists of a wide network of alumnus, students, staff, and faculty who organize events, publications and alumni meets. The group is directed by the office of the Dean of Alumni and Resource Generation.

The Alumni Association has chapters extend to all metropolitan cities in India and abroad that hold annual networking meets and class reunions.