The National Institute of Technology Uttarakhand (also known as NIT Uttarakhand or NITUK) is a public engineering institution in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was founded in 2010, as one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India, and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. It admitted its first batch of students in 2010-11. The temporary campus is located in Govt. ITI, Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal district. Srinagar Garhwal is 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Rishikesh on National Highway 58 leading to Badrinath. Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railway station. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, 125 kilometres (78 mi) from Srinagar. Dr. Satish Kumar is a distinguished aerospace Scientist of national repute with outstanding contribution to the missiles and strategic systems. He has unique distinction of leading important strategic establishments over a decade and laying the foundation for futuristic technological growth in critical areas. A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, he obtained Masters degree in Aerospace from IIT, Kanpur and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from REC, Warangal. He has been honoured with many awards for his outstanding contributions which include the Technology Award by Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister Special Award for Development of Strategic Weapons and Performance Excellence award by DRDO. In 2016, he was conferred prestigious ˜Padma Shriâ award in recognition of his multi-faceted experience of more than three decades in design and development of tactical and strategic missiles involving development of path breaking technologies, denied under MTCR. He played significant role in the development of missiles and strategic systems in India. Starting his career with Indiaâ prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) as a Liquid Propulsion specialist, he continued his research in the area of Hypersonic Flight Vehicles, Propulsion Systems for the Agni and Prithvi missiles and the strategic warhead systems.