Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur popularly known as SIT established in the year 1963, is one among 132 institutions run by Sree Siddaganga Education Society, headed by His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji, a centenarian. Sree Sree Swamiji is shouldering the onerous responsibility of providing free food, shelter and education to over 9000 children drawn from the poor sections of the society without discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or community at Sree Siddaganga Gurukula. In addition to this, Swamiji receives thousands of pilgrims and devotees everyday. He looks after the affairs of more than 130 educational institutions and even at the age of 106 years, Swamiji works 18 hours a day.
SIT campus is spread over 50 acres and the whole area is landscaped and is lush green. Tumkur enjoys the same salubrious climate as that of Bangalore.
At the time of inception, the institute was offering only 3 branches namely Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with a total annual intake of 120.
The institute is now offering 12 UG programmes with a total annual intake of 890 and 12 PG Programmes with a total annual intake of 360.
14 departments of the institute are recognised as research centres by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, where students can register for Ph.D programme and M.Sc. by Research. 91 research scholars are pursuing their Ph.D degree in our research centres and so far 24 research scholars have obtained Ph.D degree from our research centres.
All the departments in the institute have well equipped laboratories. The institute has over 1900 computers and are located in 29 Computer Centres which are all networked with fibre optic backbone. Round the clock internet facility is provided to all the Computer Laboratories, Faculty Chambers, Hostels, Class Rooms, through 40 Mbps leased line.
The total number of students in the campus is over 4200 and more than 50% of the students stay in seven of our hostels.
The institute has 280 well qualified and experienced faculty members out of which 75 are Ph.D holders and 208 are Masters Degree holders. 60 more faculty members are pursuing their Ph.D programme in IISc, IITs and other reputed universities.
The institute is a beneficiary of the World Bank assisted Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme Phase-I and Phase-II.
SIT has the distinction of being one among the ten institutions across the country selected by MHRD, Govt. of India for establishment of Centre of Excellence in “Applied Research and Nano Technology” under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) and the institute will be getting a grant of Rs. 5 crores.