The Institute was established as a Regional Engineering College Durgapur (RECD) in 1960 by
joint venture of the Government of India and Government of West Bengal. REC Durgapur was
converted to National Institute of Technology Durgapur (NIT Durgapur) under the full
administrative and financial control of the Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Government of India in 2003. Subsequently the Institute was declared an Institute of National
Importance by the Government of India on August 15, 2007. NIT Durgapur is proud to have
more than 24000 engineers, technocrats, scientists, managers and entrepreneurs as its global
Centre for Alumni Affairs & International Relations (CAAIR) is the nodal centre or office of Dean (Alumni Affairs) in NIT Durgapur for liaison with REC/NIT Durgapur alumni all across the globe, initiating research/academic collaboration with universities and organizations in India and abroad and other outreach activities. CAAIR makes all-out efforts to get them involved in the all- round development and growth of the Institute. It supports the Institute’s mission by way of continually opening up opportunities that strengthens the mutually beneficial bond between the institute and its alumni. This promotes and encourage the alumni to disseminate professional knowledge through seminars and interaction with the students and faculty. NIT Durgapur is also striving to break the barriers and reach out to the national and international universities and organizations by way of collaborative activities like joint research supervision, publications, projects and student exchange. The Centre initiates all such activities. The Centre also coordinates various outreach activities with the community.
"To facilitate engagement between the Institute and the alumni to promote all-round development of the Institute, initiate collaborative activities with universities/organizations in India and abroad, and foster outreach activities with the community".