The Journey started on January 11th, 1965, as Technical Teachers' Training Institute (TTTI), Calcutta, set up by the then Ministry of Education, Govt. of India: the first institute of its kind in the country.
Status: Autonomous & fully funded by the Govt. of India.
Initially started with the Departments of Civil Engg., Mechanical Engg., Electrical Engg., Science, Education and Training & Placement with a sanctioned strength of 17 members of faculty.

  • Aim: To develop Technical Education system with focus on Polytechnic Education.
  • Primary activity: Offering Long Term training to develop teachers for Polytechnics through Diploma in Technical Teaching programme of 2 ½ -years duration to Diploma holders serving in polytechnics.

1966 to 1967
 Three sister institutions established at
  • Chandigarh for Northern Region.
  • Bhopal for Western Region.
  • Madras for Southern Region.

Salient Recommendations of Review Committee(s)

Decade of '70s
Kelkar Review Committee recommended introduction of Modular Taining Programme and Short Term Training Programme

Decade of '80s
Dr. Amitabha Bhattacharya Review Committee recommended
  • Raising the status of the Institute from Regional to National level.
  • According Deemed University status.
  • Offering Long Horizon programme from Certificate to Doctoral programme with emphasis on emerging technology fields.

Decade of '90s
Professor P.V. Indiresan Review Committee recommended
  • Extension of reach of the Institute over the entire gamut of the Technical Education.
  • Emphasis on Educational Technology including Distance Education.
  • Expansion of Research Activities.
  • Integration of IT in Teacher Training.
  • According National Status to the Institute.

Major Roles played by the Institute in tune with the above Recommendations

Decade of '70s
  • Development of Learning Resources Centre (LRC) under UNDP of UNESCO.
  • Establishment of Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) under Q.I.P. Scheme of Govt. of India.

Decade of '80s
  • Introduction of Community Polytechnic Scheme by the Govt. of India and establishment of Community Development & Rural Technology (CDRT) as nodal department.
  • Institute selected as Nodal Centre for development of modules for Continuing Education Programme (CEP) activity initiated by AICTE.

Decade of '90s
  • Establishment of Computer Science & Engineering Department.
  • Facilitating World Bank Assisted Project for Strengthening of Technician Education System in four States of Eastern Region.
  • Establishment of Educational Planning & Management Department.
  • Establishment of Extension Centers at Guwahati & Bhubaneswar for extending the reach to client states.

New Millennium

20th October 2003
The Institute renamed as National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training & Research, Kolkata (NITTTR, Kolkata) by MHRD, Govt. of India.

Revised Mandate
  • Training also for Teachers of Degree Level Technical Institutions.
  • Research activities for improvement of Technical Teaching-Learning System.
  • Industry-Institute-Community Interaction activities.
  • Collaboration with SAARC and ASEAN countries.