Electronics and Communication Engineering

ECE dept ECE dept ECE dept




To excel in education and research in Electronics and Communication Engineering


M1: To educate with the state of art technologies to meet the growing challenges of the industry.

M2: To carry out research through constant interaction with research organizations and industry.

 M3: To equip the students with strong foundations to enable them for continuing Education.

About the Department:

The Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) Department was established in the year 1968. The department offers Undergraduate (UG), Post Graduate (PG), M.S.(By Research) and Ph.D degree programs that provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the Electronics and Communication Engineering. Research in the department focuses on high-impact various disciplines: Communication systems, Wireless networks, Signal and Image Processing, RF MEMS and MIC, Microwave antennas, Optical communication and Photonics, VLSI technologies.

In 1968, Five year B.E. Degree programme in Electronics and Communication Engineering was offered with 40 seats affiliated to University of Madras. In the year 2003, the institution was granted Deemed University Status with the approval of the UGC/AICTE and Government of India and renamed as National Institute of Technology (NIT). Currently the department offers four year B.Tech course with student intake of 144. In 1976 the department started M.E. course in Communication Systems and in 1999, M.E. course in VLSI System was started. Both the PG courses having an intake of 28 students. Department produced first doctoral degree in 1989. In 2005, department started the course M.S. (By Research).

The department of ECE is one of the established and largest departments in the institution. Our faculty brings state-of-the-art research, development, and design experience into the classroom, ensuring that our students and alumni are able to apply for registration as professional engineers in all part of global engineering and the scientific community. In all courses the Department has built an excellent reputation for its graduates in terms of placements.

All courses in the department are periodically reviewed, and all have received continuous and ongoing accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (http://www.nbaind.org/views/Home.aspx). The UG course was accredited by the NBA in 1997 and 2005 for 5 and 3 years respectively. In 2014, the department was recognized by NBA-Washington Accord for 2 years (http://www.nbaind.org/En/1033-washington-accord.aspx). The UG course was provisional accredited by the NBA in 2017 for 3 years and accreditation was extended till 2022. The PG course Communication systems was accredited by the NBA in 2008 for 3 years and 2016 for 5 years respectively. The PG course VLSI was accredited by the NBA-AICTE in 2008 for 5 years and it has been applied for accreditation review in 2014 and accredited in 2019 for 6 years.


The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering claims a broad range of research that spans generation of new fundamental knowledge as a primary function. This culture of collaboration is one of the major strengths of the department, enabling integrative research based on interactions between investigators in different disciplines. The research programs provide facilities and support for graduate students and enable them to pursue their advanced study. Another important function of research is the continuing development of the faculty. In 1985, the department received the first sponsored research project. In the year 2005, the department was selected as a centre for Special Man power development (SMDP) in VLSI  and Selected  as a centre for  Chip to System (C2S) under SMDP in 2015 in VLSI.  Two analog VLSI chips- one through INDIA Chip 2010 Programme and another through an R&D project were fabricated.  The department proposed the centre of excellence on Electronic System Design and Manufacturing which involves experts from different departments including Mechanical, Metallurgy, Electrical Instrumentation, Computer application and ECE.

Campus Communication Services (CCS), Nationwide Knowledge Network (NKN) and virtual class rooms were established and maintained for the institute by the department faculty members. The department organised programmes through video conferencing between NITT and experts from industry and academia from India and abroad. The Curriculum development workshop was conducted through video conferencing in the department. This is the first of its kind in NITT. In the year 2015, institute  set up “Internet of Things’ (IoT) Innovation Centre”, the ECE department played a pivotal role in creation of this central facility and mentoring the students.

The department faculty members interacted with internationally reputed persons. The faculty members and students of the department presented research papers in the referred International conference in India and abroad. Research articles were published in International journals. The journal and conference publications by the department faculty members and students are around 372 and 169 respectively between 2018 and 2023. Patents are granted and filed by the faculty in the department. The department has been actively involved in quite a few quality enhancement projects such as UKIERI- Department of Science and Technology (DST), SMDP, Broadcom, USA, Texas Instruments Ltd and MOTOROLA Electronics.  In recent years, the department has embarked on R&D projects funded by central agencies such as MHRD, DEiTy, and SERB-Government of India.




Approved Intake

UG in Electronics and Communication Engineering

Started with 40 seats in  1968

Intake increased to 55  in 1983

Intake increased to 60  in 1990

Intake increased to 76  in 1998

Intake increased to 92  in 2008

Intake increased to 109 in 2018

Intake increased to 145 in 2019

Accredited by NBA-AICTE in 1997 for 5 years

Accredited by NBA-AICTE in 2005 for 3 years

Accredited by NBA  in 2014 for 2 years (Washington Accord)

Accredited by NBA in 2017 for 3 years

Accreditation extended by NBA till 2022

PG in Communication Systems

Started with 18 seats in 1976

Intake increased to 25 in 2008

Intake increased to 28 in 2009

Intake increased to 35 in 2020

Accredited by NBA-AICTE in 2008 for  3 years

Applied for Accreditation in 2014

Accredited by NBA in 2016 for 5 years

PG in VLSI System

Started with 18 seats in  1999

Intake increased to 25 in 2008 

Intake increased to 28 in 2009

Intake increased to 35 in 2020

Accredited by NBA-AICTE in 2008 for 5 years

Applied for Accreditation in 2014

Accredited by NBA in 2019 for 6 years


Milestones Year

Department of  ECE started offering  a 5-Year  B.E. Degree affiliated to Univ. of Madras.


Starting of M.E. programme   in Communication  Systems.


 Conversion of 5-Year B.E. into a 4-Year Programme.


 Sanctioning of the first sponsored research project .


 Grant of the Autonomy to the B.E. Programme.


First Ph.D. degree produced.


 Visit by the NBA Team, Accredited 5 years.


Collaboration with Texas Instruments Ltd. in the area of VLSI Technology.


Establishment of VLSI laboratory


Starting up of a new M.E. Programme in VLSI System.


Signing  up  of an MoU with MOTOROLA  Electronics India Ltd.  for establishment of a Centre of Excellence in  ‘DSP and Microcontrollers’.


Selection  as a centre for  Special Manpower Development Programme(SMDP) in VLSI .


Visit by the NBA Team, Accredited 3 years.

Starting of M.S.(by Research) Programme.


First prize (US$1500) and second

 prize (US$1000) won by students in Altera SoPC Design contest.


The First Indian patent granted  for a design to an  ECE  faculty.


ECE faculty won the “Best Ph.D. Thesis”  award  in   Engineering stream.


Two VLSI test chips in UMC 180nm fabricated under   India chip program.


Starting  of collaboration with University of Saskatchewan, Canada. The First Canadian Common wealth Fellowship for 6 months granted to a Ph.D. student.


First UK-INDIA collaborative projects for £21000   sanctioned under UKIERI Scheme. Paves way for collaboration between  NIT-T &  University of  Edinburgh, UK.


Collaboration with State Univ. of New York & GeorgiaTech, USA on Electronic packaging  initiated.


Two VLSI test chips fabricated in 180 nm technology  from IMEC, Belgium.


Visit by the NBA Team, Accredited 2 years (Washington Accord)


Critical Review Meeting conducted  on  20th October 2014   by Prof.S.Raghavan , Scientific Secretary, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.  Dr.Uday B.Desai , Director  IIT Hyderabad.


Selection  as a centre for  Chip to System (C2S) under Special Manpower Development Programme (SMDP)in VLSI.


Institute set up “Internet of Things’ (IoT) Innovation Centre”, the ECE department played a pivotal role in creation of this central facility and mentoring the students


MoU with NIT- Uttarakhand – 4 Students from NITU pursuing courses under the credit exchange programme


UG student visited Shantou University, China for 2 months internship programme


Organized the first IEEE International conference on Microwave Integrated Circuits, Photonics, and Wireless Networks sponsored by TEQIP III and cosponsored by IEEE Madras section, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Kerala chapter


Head of the Department (Previous):

Name Year
Dr. P. Ramakrishna Rao 1982
Dr. P. Ramakrishna Rao 1983
Dr. A.L. Abdulsattar 1992
Dr. P. Ramakrishna Rao 1995
Dr. M. J. S. Rangachar 1997
Dr. M. J. S. Rangachar 1998
Dr. N. Kalyanasundaram 1999
Dr. N. Kalyanasundaram 2003
Dr. N. Kalyanasundaram 2004
Dr. N. Kalyanasundaram 2006
Dr. B. Venkataramani 2007
Dr. B. Venkataramani 2008
Dr. B. Venkataramani 2009
Prof. P. Somaskandan 2010
Prof. P. Somaskandan 2011
Prof. P. Somaskandan 2012
Prof. P. Somaskandan 2013
Dr. D. Sriram Kumar May 2013 to August 2013(In-charge)
Prof. P. Somaskandan September 2013 to January 2014
Dr. D. Sriram Kumar February 2014 to 2017
Dr. G. Lakshmi Narayanan 2017 To Janurary, 2020
Dr. P. Muthuchidambaranathan Janurary, 2020 To December, 2022
Dr. M. Bhaskar December, 2022 To Till Date

Contact Address

The Head of Department,
Electronics and Communication Engineering Department,
National Institute Of Technology,
Tiruchirappalli - 620 015.
Phone : +91 431 2503301
Fax : +91 431 2500133