About the Department

The Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) Department was established in the year 1979. The Department offers an Under Graduate program in Electronics and Communication Engineering, PG program in VLSI design,  PG program in Signal Processing and Machine Learning (SPML) and a PG program in Communication Engineering and Networks (CEN). In addition to these, it also offers MTech (Research) and PhD programs in the three streams of VLSI design, SPML and CEN which provide a platform for bright graduates and postgraduates to conduct research in state-of-the-art technologies. The Department is also a recognized center under the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) of the Government of India.

The department has been actively involved in several quality enhancement projects such as Project IMPACT, PI-SSS, EENP, UK-INDIA REC Project and SMD-VLSI Project during the last two decades. In recent years, the department has embarked on R&D projects funded by central agencies such as MHRD, DIT, Govt. of India and private industries.  In addition, the department is involved in consultancy services to the Indian Railways and major Public Sector Banks. The department possesses a core group of well trained, competent and highly motivated faculty and staff members who have imbibed and adopted some of the best academic practices being followed in India and abroad. The department houses a centre for Wireless Sensor Networks to promote research in the area of sensor networks. The department has initiated and maintained a continuous dialog with several leading industries and R&D organizations. As a consequence, it is emerging as a Centre of Excellence in the country for UG/PG studies and research.

The B.Tech. in ECE at NITK is one of the most sought after programs in the country and attracts top 1% students qualifying in the JEE (Main) exam.  The M.Tech. programs are also equally sought after by the students qualifying in GATE examination. The students of the department have been consistently securing top ranks in national competitive examinations such as GATE and CAT. Students from the department are regularly recruited by several National and International companies working in core ECE domain, Indian Public Sector companies as well as Multinational companies working in the IT and Financial sectors. Texas Instruments, Intel, ARM, Broadcom, Nvidia are some of the core sector companies who have recruited graduates of the department in the recent past. Securing close to 100% placement of eligible undergraduate students is a regular annual occurrence. About 10% of the graduates pursue post graduate and doctoral studies in the top-rated Universities in India and abroad. Our students have consistently secured admissions to top rated institutions such as University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, ETH Zurich, NUS Singapore  (to name a few) in the recent past.

The major goal of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering is to produce highly knowledgeable, competent and resourceful young engineers who can perform well in a wide variety of job profiles. To achieve this, curriculum provides a strong foundation in both the analytic and technological aspects of ECE. It also provides ample opportunities to students to work on mini-projects, develop communication skills, explore internship opportunities in industry and world-class universities and take part in national and international design contests.


To be a model for academic excellence in the area of Electronics and Communication Engineering.


  • Impart quality teaching-learning-experience with state of the art curriculum.
  • Enhance research, consultancy and outreach activities.
  • Increase the visibility of academic programs globally and attract talent at all levels.
  • Foster sustained interaction with the alumni, industries, R&D organizations, world class universities and other stake holders to stay relevant in the globalized environment.

B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering Programme has been accredited for 6 Years from 01-07-2022 to 30-06-2028 by NBA  

M.Tech Communication Engineering and Networks Programme has been accredited for 5 Years from 01-07-2017 to 30-06-2022 by NBA  

M.Tech VLSI Design Programme has been accredited for 3 + 2 Years from 01-07-2017 to 30-06-2022 by NBA  


Contact us

Prof. N. Shekar V. Shet, Professor and Head, 
Department of ECE, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar,
Mangalore - 575 025 Karnataka, India.

Connect with us

We're on Social Networks. Follow us & get in touch.