In realization of the need for training better quality technicians to meet the large scale industrialization of the country, the ministry of Human Resource Development (the then Ministry of Education), Government of India established four Regional Technical Teachers’ Training Institutes (now National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, NITTTR at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata in 1967. The Institute at Chandigarh is one of these four NITTTRs, started in collaboration with Royal Netherlands Government (upto 1974). It was designed to meet the requirements of developing polytechnic education in the northern region covering the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh. The Institute is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is managed by a Board of Governors.
The institute started with long term teachers’ training programmes for polytechnic teachers in 1967 and was also entrusted with the responsibility of promoting curriculum development work for the states in the region. To improve the competence of teachers for implementing new curricula designed by this institute, short term courses have been offered since 1967. The institute established a Media Centre in 1981 for preparing print & non-print instructional materials.
The institute also set up the department of Rural Development and the department of Entrepreneurship Development to assist polytechnics in directing their efforts towards training manpower and disseminating information in these areas. The Educational Television and Computer Science departments were established in the year 1981and 1982 respectively. Since 1983, the institute has been guiding and assisting the states in the areas of Educational Planning and Management. Since 1992, the institute started offering Regular Master of Engineering Programmes in (i) Engineering Education and (ii) Manufacturing Technology. In the year 1994, two more courses namely Master of Engineering in Construction Technology and Management and Computer Science and Engineering were added. In the year 1998, two more Master of Engineering Programmes in Instrumentation and Control and Electronics and Communication Engineering were added, and, since 2005, the institute started offering Modular Master of Engineering Programmes in all the above disciplines. All these programmes, being offered for teachers of technical institutions and their administrators, professionals from industry and general candidates, are duly approved by AICTE and affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Since June 2001, this institute has been conducting short term courses in various subjects for faculty of Engineering Colleges in addition to organizing AICTE sponsored Induction Training Programmes.
UPGRADATION OF THE INSTITUTE
The institute has been upgraded and renamed as National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research on 18 November, 2003 with an objective to play a wider role for the improvement of Technical Education in the country. Director is the Executive Head (CEO) of the institute. The present Director of the institute is Professor (Dr.) Samir Kumar Das.
The institute has been ISO 9001-2008 certified.
PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES
To achieve its stated objectives, the institute undertakes the following spectrum of activities:
i) Education and Training Programmes
ii) Curriculum Development
iii) Instructional Material Development
iv) Research and Development
v) Extension Services
vi) Consultancy in Technical Education and Technology areas
Keeping in tune with the various emerging needs of the country, the institute presently extends its services in the following areas as well:
i) Media Development including information resources, their acquisition, storage and retrieval
ii) Entrepreneurship Development
iii) Industry Institute Interaction
iv) Continuing Education for working engineers/technicians
v) Transfer of Appropriate Technology to rural areas
vi) Integrating Persons with disabilities with the mainstream of Technical and Vocational Education
The institute also offers consultancy services to international, national and state level organizations in the above areas.
The institute has been recognized as a ‘Research Centre’ by Panjab University, Chandigarh (in 2006) as well as by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar (Punjab) (in 2005) for pursuing research work leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy i.e. Ph.D. At present, 68 candidates are pursuing their Ph.D. work in various disciplines under Faculty of Engineering & Technology & other Faculties of Panjab University, Chandigarh as well as PTU, Jalandhar. Of 68 candidates, 28 candidates were admitted in Ph.D. programmes under QIP (Poly) scheme of AICTE, New Delhi.
Candidates admitted under QIP (Poly) Scheme will be eligible to receive Scholarship as per AICTE norms. Details regarding admission under this scheme will be notified by AICTE, New Delhi separately through advertisement and shall also be available on their website.
NAMES OF THE DEPARTMENTS/CENTRES
1Applied Science Department
2 Civil Engineering Department
3 Computer Science Department
4 Continuing Education Department
5 Curriculum Development Centre
6 Education and Educational Management Department
7 Educational Television Centre
8 Electrical Engineering Department
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering Department
10 Entrepreneurship Development and Industrial Coordination Department