National Institute of Technology Rourkela, formerly Regional Engineering College Rourkela (REC Rourkela), is a publicly funded institute of higher learning for engineering, science and technology located in the steel city of Rourkela, Odisha, India. It is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India and has been recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.
NIT Rourkela was established as Regional Engineering College (REC) Rourkela on 15 August 1961. Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik has provided the land for the same which is Approximate 1200 Acre. its foundation stone was laid by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was granted autonomy in 2002 and now functioning Independent under the Ministry of Human Resource Development thus becoming one of the National Institutes of Technology. NIT Rourkela is well known for its research related activities now a days in various field of Science