Durgapur is linked with major cities worldwide by flights at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. It is a about three-hour journey from Kolkata by bus, taxi and train to reach the city of Durgapur. The Institute is located about 180 Km north-west of Kolkata on the Howrah-Delhi Main Railway-Route and overlooking the National Highway No. 2(the great Grand- Trunk Road). At Durgapur station and City Centre, taxies are available for 24 hours. Durgapur station and City Centre are the big bus terminuses for traveling around the city of Durgapur. Buses are available upto 22:00. The Steel City of Durgapur, West Bengal, India is growing very fast to "become one of the mega cities of eastern India". With a strong base on Durgapur Steel Plant and Alloy Steel Plant, many large and small industries have come up in the industrial hub of Durgapur-DPL, DTPS, NTPC, DVC, Durgapur Cements, DCL, Graphite India Ltd, PCBL, Ultratech Cement Ltd., ALSTOM Projects India Ltd, and many more. Durgapur has many good centers for education, training and research - National Institute of Technology (NIT), CMERI, National Power Training Institute (NPTI ), BCET, DIATM, Dr. B.C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur Government College, Durgapur Women College, Micheal Madhusudan Memorial College, DAV Model School, Hem Sheela Model School, St. Xaviers School, Carmel School, etc. Many more have newly developed and are coming up. The healthcare facilities in Durgapur are also rapidly growing and include Govt. Hospitals, The Mission Hospital, DSP Main Hospital, Vivekananda Hospital, ESI Hospital, Disha Eye Care, etc. Rich with cultural activities, Durgapur provides good and entertaining local hospitalities for the residents and the visitors.
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur), was established by an Act of Parliament in 1960 is a fully-funded premier Technological Institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and is administered by an autonomous Board of Governors. The Institute awards B. Tech., MCA, M. Sc., MBA, M. Tech. and Ph.D. degrees to the students. The Institute imparts education in the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental science, Materials Science and Management Studies. As decided by MHRD, Government of India, the procedure for selection of candidates for admission to the B. Tech./ M. Tech. in NIT Durgapur and in other NITs is on the basis of State Rank/ All India Rank (AIR) of AIEEE conducted by CBSE, New Delhi, and the same is executed through counseling by Central Counseling Board, AIEEE under guidance from MHRD, GOI as per schedule notified by CCB. In addition to the normal intake, a few seats are reserved for Foreign Students who are nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India.