The National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research at Chandigarh is one of the four NITTTRs, started in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Government (up to 1974). It was designed to meet the requirements of developing Polytechnic Education in the Northern Region of India covering the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh. The Institute is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is managed by a Board of Governors.
The Institute started with long term Teachers’ Training Programmes for Polytechnic Teachers in 1967 and was also entrusted with the responsibility of promoting curriculum development work for the states in the region.
The Institute also set up the department of Rural Development and the Department of Entrepreneurship Development. The institute started offering Regular Master of Engineering Programmes in (i) Engineering Education and (ii) Manufacturing Technology. In the year 1994, two more courses namely Master of Engineering in Construction Technology and Management and Computer Science and Engineering. All these programmes, being offered for teachers of technical institutions and their administrators, professionals from industry and general candidates, are duly approved by AICTE and affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh.