National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra is an Institute of National Importance of the country and has been a premier technical institute of the region. Founded in 1963 as Regional Engineering College Kurukshetra, the institute was rechristened as National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra on June 26, 2002. The institute offers 4-year B.Tech. degree courses in the engineering streams of Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electronics & Communications, Mechanical, Information Technology and Production & Industrial Engineering. The institute also runs 2-year M.Tech. degree courses in 20 areas of specializations of science & technology and post - graduate courses leading to the degrees in MBA and MCA. In addition to providing instructions in various disciplines of Engineering and Technology at the Undergraduate and Post-graduate levels, the institute has excellent facilities for PhD & research in the emerging areas including Nanotechnology, Ergonomics, Robotics, CAD/CAM, Energy and Environment. The infrastructure is geared to enable the institute to turn out technical personnel of high quality.
Kurukshetra is a place of religious pilgrimage and historical signiﬁcance. It is the land of Mahabharata and place where sermons of 'Bhagwad Gita' were delivered. In medieval period, Thanesar, the old city, was the seat of power of Harshwardhana. Kurukshetra is well connected with rail/road. It is a railway junction on Delhi-Ambala section and is situated on National Highway No. 1 (G.T. Road). It is approximately 160 km from Delhi, 100 km from Chandigarh and 194 km from Shimla. NIT Kurukshetra is about 10 km from Pipli and 6 km from Kurukshetra railway station.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest departments in the Institute which started its magnificent journey in 1963. Since its inception, the Department has been source of magnetism for meritorious UG, PG and PhD students. The laboratories of the Department are equipped with a wide range of contemporary instruments and machines. The vision of the department is to make contribution in the development of nation and evolution of technology by creating highly ethical professionals in Mechanical Engineering who are technically competent and are aware of their social responsibilities. The faculty members of the department steer assorted activities through their teaching and diverse research programs, covering numerous facets of Mechanical Engineering and Applications. In addition to the regular academic work, the students of the Department are encouraged to participate in many co-curricular activities.
Jyotisar, the birth place of Gita, is the most venerated place of Kurukshetra. It is believed to be the place where Krishna had deliverzed the eternal message of Bhagavadgita to Arjuna in the battle field of Mahabharata.
Named after Lord Brahma, the creator, this huge water tank is believed to be created over the land, where Brahma had performed his first sacrifice. This tank is one of the largest man made bathing tank in Asia.
It is believed that on the occasion of every Amavasya the waters of all tirthas present on the earth assemble here. A holy dip taken in its waters during solar eclipse is considered highly meritorious and bears the sanctity of performing thousands of Aswamedha Yajnas.
This temple of Kurukshetra is one out of the fifty one Shaktipithas of India. It is believed that right ankle of Sati fell here in the well which is known as Devikupa. Before Mahabharata battle Pandavas and Lord Krishna worshipped mother Goddess here for their victory in Mahabharata battle.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the ancient city of Sthanvishwar presently known as Thanesar. Pandvas worshiped lord Shiva here for the victory in Mahabharata battle. Pushpabhuti, the founder of the Vardhana Empire of Thanesar named the capital of his kingdom after Sthanvishwar Shiva.
After the fall of Bhishma on 10th day of Mahabharata battle, Arjuna created here a fountain of water with an arrow which quenched the thirst of Bhishma. Bhishma imparted the teachings of Rajdharama (statecraft) and Anushashan (discipline) to Yudhishthira and sung here 'Vishnu Sahshranama' the eulogy dedicated to lord Krishna.