The first President of India, Rajendra Prasad laid the foundation stone of the college building on 14 September 1956. Construction was completed in 1962 and the college was inaugurated on 14 March 1963 by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Until as late as 1956, there were only three technical institutes in the country devoted to mining and metallurgical engineering. In view of this fact and also with the aim of harnessing the ample mineral resources in the region, the institute was set up on 1 May 1956 as Government College of Mining and Metallurgy. The first session of the college commenced on 1 July 1956 with the admission of 15 students each in mining and metallurgical engineering.
In 1958-59 with the commencement of additional courses in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, the college came to be known as Government College of Engineering and Technology. Later graduate courses in chemical engineering (1965), architecture (1984), electronics (1985), information technology, computer science and technology (2000), biotechnology and biomedical Engineering (2003) were started. It was declared a National Institute of Technology (NIT) by the national government on 1 December 2005 and then declared an Institute of National Importance with the passing of the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, in May 2007.
The Stars of the Industry Group and Dainik Bhaskar has selected NIT Raipur to honour with "National Education Leadership Awards 2013" for the outstanding contribution of the Institute in the field of Technical Education from North Region and Dr. Sudarshan Tiwari, Director, NIT Raipur was also awarded with "National Education Leadership Awards" for his outstanding contribution to education.
The ABP News National Educational Awards 2014 has selected NIT Raipur to honour with Outstanding Engineering Institute (North) for the contribution of the Institute in the field of Engineering from North Region.
Bachelor of Technology