About DAAs

National Institute of Technology Calicut would like to recognize and celebrate the professional achievements and contributions of its alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) every year on its Foundation Day (1st September). The DAA awards of the following categories recognize the outstanding alumni who have demonstrated sustained excellence in their career and profession, and are leaders in their field, or have made a substantial impact on society.

Category A - Technology Innovation Excellence.
Category B - Academic Excellence
Category C - Managerial Excellence
Category D – Entrepreneurial Excellence
Category E – Excellence in Public Services and other walks of Life
Category F - Excellence in Institutional Development and Alma mater services
Category G - Emerging Alumni Leader Award (For the alumni who graduated within the last 20 years)


The last date for submission of the DAA 2024 application/nomination under all categories is  30th June, Sunday 2024


Eligibility :

An individual, to be considered for this Distinguished Alumni Award, should have made significant contributions recognized widely under the category concerned. Alumni who have successfully completed any program of study from the Institute is eligible to be considered for Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations for posthumous award will not be considered. An alumnus/alumna, who is an employee of NIT Calicut, shall not be eligible for the award during his/her service period except when he/she has accomplished truly outstanding achievement of the highest order, recognized widely.


Nominations/ Applications :

Self-Applications/Nominations by fellow Alumni can be submitted online in multiple categories with an endorsement by at least two persons among the following. There should be separate applications/nominations for each category of DAA .

  • Present and former faculty members of the Institute, except faculty involved in the screening and selection process

  • Office Bearers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer) and former Office Bearers (former President, former Vice-President, former Secretary, former Joint Secretary, former Treasurer) of NITCAA and Alumni Chapters across the globe.

The call for DAA nominations/applications will be opened on the NITC website and circulated through social media handles of the institute and Alumni chapters each year. Any alumni can directly apply or nominate fellow alumnus/alumna with two endorsements as mentioned above. The applications/nominations will be closed by the 30th of June for DAA 2024. The applications/nominations will have three years of validity.

Applications/Nominations could be submitted digitally via the following web portal after registration by 30th June 2024:

It will not be possible to consider applications/nominations received after the due date (30th June 2024) for the current year. For clarifications you contact or call  +91 495 2286189


DAA Selection Process :

Preliminary scrutiny of the nominations received will be performed by the Office of Dean International, Alumni and Corporate Relations (IACR). The nominations shall then be shortlisted by a Screening Committee (SC) chaired by the Dean (IACR). Shortlisted nominations shall be peer-reviewed by separate panels constituted for each category. Based on the recommendations of the peer reviewers, the Screening Committee will make a recommendation for consideration of the Standing Committee, which generally comprises the Director/Deputy Director as the Chairman (Ex officio), Dean (IACR) (Ex officio) and 2 (two) external professionals of eminence. The Standing Committee will make final recommendations to the Institute Senate for approval.

The following, among possible other criteria, shall be considered while assessing the applications/nominations:

  • Positions held

  • Contributions to his/her profession and the field

  • Awards and Honours received

  • Association with the Institute and contributions

  • Contribution to the growth and development of the country/society and the impact

The judging committee will decide the DAA with successes in career and contributions widely acknowledged considering criteria such as holding the top position of organizations at CXO level/ A+ designations, Eminent Academics with excellence in teaching and research, an entrepreneur with societal impact and turnover, etc. Contributions to the development of alma mater in any form by time/fund/expertise will also be considered. The judges will select the winner(s) for each category, and their decision will be final. No communications will be entertained in this regard from the applicants/nominators. If there are no applicants/nominees of sufficient merit in any or all of the categories in any year, the jury may choose not to make an award in any or all of the categories.

The process of selection may change and will be updated accordingly.


Honouring the DAA :

The awardees will be intimated by a formal letter, and the list of awardees will be published on the institute website, all official social media handles of the institute, the NITCAA web portal, and the alumni newsletter, to congratulate the winners.  The award function is expected to be held on Foundation Day (1st September). Local travel and boarding/lodging of the awardees will be arranged by the Alumni office. On the Foundation Day, a personal interview of the awardees by students will be arranged for publication in the Student Magazine.


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