Institute day

Every year, a day is marked to celebrate the hard work and successes of a large section of people who have demonstrated their academic prowess, as well as excellence in other fields over the entire academic year. This day is celebrated with medals and certificates being awarded to all meritorious students from all the departments across all programmes, ranging from undergraduate through post graduate to research programmes. Apart from being a day where students receive accolades, it is also a day to recognize the achievements of the faculty, i.e., the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NIT-T) as a whole.

On such an auspicious day where achievements of over a hundred people are celebrated, both directly and indirectly, the occasion would be incomplete without the students across all the years witnessing the same. Those who receive the awards are a living proof that excellence can be achieved across all fields, and NIT Tiruchirappalli verily hosts people who are diverse in talents and skills. Joie de vivre is seeing a huge gathering of peers and friends supporting and encouraging the achievements on this momentous day.

Institute Day - 2023

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
April 28th, 2023 @ 010.00 a.m.


NIT Tiruchirappalli proudly announces its 60th Institute Day on 28th April, 2023 in the normal mode in the presence of students, members of the faculty, and staff.

Shri. Sudhanshu Mani, has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and will deliver the Institute Day 2023 Address.

Institute Day 2023 Photos


Our guest of honour, Shri. Sudhanshu Mani, retired as the General Manager of the biggest railway coach-building factory in the world; the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, as the General Manager, who has had thirty-seven years in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), and has intensive experience in various projects on railway operations, R&D & Technology, and Rolling stock designs – including hands on, Administrative & Managerial experience as the senior-most representative of Indian Railways abroad. 

Shri. Sudhanshu Mani completed the graduate course at Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA), Jamalpur, a Premium Ranking institution for mechanical engineers for class I Railway Officers. He was enrolled at IIT Kanpur as well as IIT Roorkee before he left to join SCRA. Subsequently, he started his career at Indian Railways (IR) as a trainee in eastern part of the country in 1976 and later, held a number of important assignments in India and abroad: Director/Motive Power, RDSO Lucknow, Chief Design Engineer, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, Additional Divisional Railway Manager/Operations, Secunderabad, Chief Works Manager, South Central Rly Secunderabad, Executive Director/Motive Power, RDSO Lucknow, Divisional Railway Manager, Bangalore, a brief stint as the Railway Advisor (Minister), Embassy of India, Berlin, Germany, and Chief Mechanical Engineer, Rail Wheel Factory, and General Manager, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. The key positions he held gave him experience in team building and independent charge of railway operations and projects, in dealing with manpower & infrastructure planning, budgeting, procurement of machinery, plant and equipment, planning and monitoring operations and performance involving multi-disciplinary functions and personnel, inventory management for maintenance spares, training and HRD, i.e., monitoring selection, recruitment & training project management, integration of technical systems and administration, and extensive exposure in rolling stock design, development and field qualification.

During his tenure, Shri. Sudhanshu Mani handled diverse railway projects of large magnitude and dimensions, including ‘the Development of Train 18, the first modern locomotive-less 180/160 km/h train set of Indian Railways, matching the world standard but handled entirely indigenously as perhaps the best Make in India project of Indian Railways as Vande Bharat Express,’ and ‘Development of Tejas rake, the first modern 180/160 km/h train of Indian Railways, matching the world standard,’ to mention a few. He published and presented research on Indian Railway in India and abroad, nearly five hundred (500) technical publications at RDSO, comprising of Maintenance Instructions, Investigation/Project Reports, Test Protocol reports, Guides, Specifications etc., besides writing the books- ‘Reinventing the wheel, another Bangalore Saga,’’ A Skein of Trains, recounting a Chennai Story,’ and ‘Trains Unchained, the Continuing Saga of Art and Railways, the Safar.’ He also co-authored, ‘Greening of a factory, verdant makeover of a factory and its habitat,’ and ‘Art and Railways, A Bangalore Saga.’ He is a recipient of a number of accolades for his commendable service: Director General’s cash award for completing a record no. of locomotive projects at RDSO, the three special awards; Railway Board first prize & medal, Iyengar medal for papers published in Journal of Institution of Engineers, India, and Special medal by BHEL for AG reliability project.

Apart from his contribution to the Indian Railways, Shri. Sudhanshu Mani is interested in cultural and heritage issues, and has been socially active, a sports-loving person with proficiency in Dramatics, Compeering, Aquatics, Squash & Tennis. He is proficient in spoken and written English, Hindi & Urdu with working proficiency in Bangla and German. Shri. Sudhanshu Mani continues to channelize the expertise and experience gained constructively and meaningfully, post his superannuation.

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