Established in 1968, the Department of Chemical Engineering,NIT Trichy is regarded as one of the premier centers for Chemical Engineering in India by industries as well as academia. The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has granted all PG courses offered by the department, the A(+3) certification for 3 years, the topmost any department can aspire to get. It also has the distinction of being ranked as one of the top seven Chemical Engineering divisions in India by Chemical Engineering Faculties. It offers a B.Tech programme and M.Tech programme in Energy Engineering, Plant Design and Process Controls & Instrumentation.
The department is backed by highly qualified and experienced faculty, most of whom have been involved in various industrial projects and consultancy services. The students, guided by the experienced faculty, have presented many papers in India and abroad and have won several National Level Design Competitions. The programme is supplemented by several state-of-the-art laboratories, which cover all areas of practical interest. Other than traditional laboratories like Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass transfer and Mechanical Operations, the students are exposed to specialised ones like Reaction Engineering, Process Control, Biotechnology. The Process Control lab, one of the best in the country, is equipped with the latest instruments for recording and analysis of data used for simulating plant conditions.