The National Institute of Technology, Srinagar was established in 1960 as the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar. It was one of the first eight Regional Engineering Colleges established in India during the first Five Year Plan.The institute shifted to its present campus in 1965. As the Regional Engineering College, the college was affiliated to the University of Kashmir.The Regional Engineering College, Srinagar was upgraded as the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar in July, 2003. In the same year, the institution was granted Deemed University status with the approval of the University Grants Commission, All India Council of Technical Education and the Government of India.
On August 15th 2007 it became an Institute of National Importance under the NIT Bill.NIT Srinagar has 8 Engineering departments, 4 Applied science departments which were established to provide support of basic sciences in engineering education and to inculcate social and managerial talent in students.