In accordance with the National Education Policy-2020, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal, has created three Centres of Excellence (CoEs).
Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering (CSEE), Centre for Women Welfare and Social Empowerment (CWWSE), and Centre for Public Relations, Information and Media Exchange are the centres that have been established (C-PRIME).These CoEs are intended to provide students with comprehensive understanding of technical and non-technical subjects as well as access to the most latest research and technology, allowing them to remain at the forefront of their respective sectors.
According to Prasad Krishna, director (added responsibility), NITK, Surathkal, the newly established centres would collaborate with relevant ministries, industry experts, and other higher education institutions.
Functioning of these centres
C-PRIME will focus on the efficient use of numerous media platforms and will act as a hub for information flow between the institute, its stakeholders, and the general public, enabling both more cooperation and greater openness.
The purpose of CWWSE is to support women in attaining greater independence and empowerment. The centre strives to build a culture of inclusion and equity in the development of a more diverse and productive workforce by offering the necessary tools and help. It will also endeavour to empower its members to become active contributors to the growth and development of the nation.
CSEE will provide a unique arena for researchers to collaborate and exchange their field-specific knowledge. During his October visit to the NITK campus for the 20th annual convocation, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union minister for education, skill development, and entrepreneurship, urged the institution to establish a full-fledged sustainable energy department in order to make NITK Surathkal a national leader in energy transition within a decade. This resulted in the formation of CSEE.