North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (or NERIST) is a science and technology oriented higher education institute in Nirjuli, Itanagar, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Established in 1984, it is a deemed university, autonomous, fully funded and controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education, Government of India.
The institute is managed by a Board of Management, comprising representatives of MHRD, the eight beneficiary states of the North Eastern region, AICTE and educationists. The state governor of Arunachal Pradesh is the de facto head of the highest body, NERIST Society, which consists of education ministers of all North Eastern States.
The Board of Management is headed by the director of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Gautam Baruah. The board appoints a well-known academic, generally from north east India, as director of NERIST. he academic programme in Engineering and Technology is three modules, each of two years duration. These three modules — called Certificate, Diploma, and Degree — comprise the undergraduate studies. Each module has an entry point through an entrance examination conducted by NERIST. The first entry is after class X.
Each module provides terminality corresponding to an occupational level and, at the same time, allows entry to the next higher module, leading to a degree in engineering and technology in about six years after class X. In the Applied Science stream, a two-year Base module and four year Degree module are offered. The system allows lateral entry from outside, at the beginning of each module.