National Institute of Technology, Patna

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National Institute of Technology, Patna
National Institute of Technology, Patna logo.gif
NIT Patna logo
Motto Excellence in scientific and technical education
Established 1886 [1]
Type Public
Director Professor Asok De
Location Patna, Bihar, India
Campus Urban

The National Institute of Technology Patna (NIT Patna), formerly Bihar School of Engineering and Bihar College of Engineering, is a public engineering institution located in Patna in the Indian state of Bihar. It was renamed to NIT Patna, by the Government of India on January 28, 2004.[2] It is an autonomous institute functions directly under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.[3]


NIT Patna Main building

NIT Patna is the second oldest engineering college of India. Its origin can be traced to 1886 with the establishment of a survey training school and subsequent renaming it to Bihar college of Engineering in 1900. A graduate level curriculum was introduced in 1924. It was renamed Bihar College of Engineering in 1932. In 2004 the government of India upgraded the college to National Institute of Technology (NIT) status, as the state of Bihar had lost its only Regional Engineering College (REC), located at Jamshedpur, when Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000. By 2002, the Indian government decided to upgrade all RECs to NITs, with the aim of having at least one NIT per state. Bihar College of Engineering was the first institute to be directly upgraded to NIT status. In 2007, it was granted Institute of National Importance status in accordance with the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007.


NIT Patna functions from a 40 acres (16 ha) campus along Ashok Rajpath, a portion of which has been encroached upon. Land for a new campus, a 100 acres (40 ha) plot, has been assigned at Amhara village in Bihta, around 40 km from Patna.[4]


Central Library
  • Library
  • Computer Labs
  • Computer Center
  • Student Activity Cell
  • College Canteen
  • Wi-fi campus


The institute maintains a central Library which has 50,000 books and 1,100 e-journals and works for about 5 hours per day. The Central Library has an e-resource section on the ground floor, a study section on the first floor and a separate section for computer related books on the second floor.

Computer Labs[edit]

Every department has a computer lab to sharpen the students programming skills and to give hands-on experience with the use of the software in their field of study.

EDA LAB[edit]

Electronic Data Automation lab is the central lab that is used for general information access and for carrying out research work.

Computer Center

Computer Center[edit]

The institute has a Computer Center with multiple computer labs and a virtual classroom equipped with computing and audio-visual facilities such as interactive boards, projectors etc. The labs have CCTV cameras for conducting online interviews, tests and for taking presentations.

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Academic departments[edit]

Department of Architecture
HOD Dr. Kamini Singh The department offers a 5-year degree program in Bachelor of Architecture and Master in Urban and Regional Planning. It provides courses in graphics and design, including Architectural Design, Climatology, Visual Arts, Architectural Graphics, Architectural Acoustics etc.

Students are offered electives and in the last two semesters they are involved exclusively in apprenticeship and projects.

Department of Civil Engineering[edit]

HOD Dr. Sanjeev Sinha The first degree program offered by the college was in the sphere of civil engineering. It offers undergraduate courses in civil engineering and postgraduate courses in areas such as water resource engineering, structural engineering and transportation engineering. It also offers doctoral programs.

The department undertakes proof checking of engineering designs, detailed project reports and consultancy services to governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering[edit]

HOD Prof. Tanveer Haider The department offers courses leading to Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering. Courses include Data Structures, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, System Programming, Computer Networks, Data Mining and Warehousing, Distributed and Parallel Computing, Mobile and Wireless Computing, Real-time Systems, Cryptography, Genetic Algorithm and Artificial Intelligence. Students are offered a variety of electives.

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering[edit]

HOD Dr Jayanta Ghosh The department offers courses leading to Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Courses include Digital Electronics, Analog Electronics, Solid State Physics and Devices, Intelligent Instruments, Optical fiber communication, Digital signal processing, IC Fabrication and VLSI. Students are offered electives.

Department of Electrical Engineering[edit]

HOD Prof. U.S. Triar The department of Electrical Engineering offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Core courses under the undergraduate program include Electrical Power System, Electrical Machines, Control System, Instrumentation, Microprocessors, Power Electronics and Digital Signal Processing. Postgraduate courses include Control System Engineering and Power System Engineering. Students are offered electives.

Department of Information Technology[edit]

HOD Prof. Tanveer Haider The department offers courses leading to Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology.

From 2013 IT branch was merged with CSE so that this branch does not exist distinctly.

Department of Mechanical Engineering[edit]

HOD Dr. Om Pakash The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Core courses on the undergraduate program include Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Machinery, CAD, CAM, Machine Drawing, Manufacturing by Shaping and Joining, Design of Machine Elements, I.C Engines and Gas Turbines, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Specialized courses for higher degrees include Thermal Turbo Machinery, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Transfer.

Students are offered various electives in the field of automation, heat transfer finite element method, operation research e.t.c. their knowledge and skills are augmented by benevolent professors, helping phd students and comprehensible research works.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

From institute website to the annual cultural fest, the institute delegates responsibility to its students wherever possible. With activities and competitions taking place every other day, students are provided with opportunities to develop their soft skills and therefore broaden their perspective. A few notable events are listed below.



The annual cultural fest of NIT Patna has grown into one of the largest youth festivals of the region. Every January, Melange provides a platform for students across the institute to showcase their talent in competitions, providing the students of NITP an opportunity to interact with celebrities and corporate persons and thereby hone their creative and managerial skills.[5] Events include debates, dramas, essays and writings.


The annual technical fest of NIT Patna, Corona has become one of the biggest technical fest of the country. Recent editions have attracted participants from over 50 institutes from across the country, thus making it the largest technical fest of Bihar and Jharkhand. It is a showcasing of the best innovations in the world of technology. Events include robotics, circuit designing, programming, and presentations. The event has lectures by some of the biggest names in the field. Artists such as Kumar Vishwas have performed in the event.

The event is entirely managed by students.

Indoor and outdoor sports[edit]

Every year in January, NIT Patna holds an annual indoor and outdoor sports week, with events such as cricket, football, table tennis, badminton, carom, and discus throw. Managed by students this event tests the organising and managerial skills of the students.


Nitish Kumar as a chief guest in NIT Patna

The institute recognizes four major societies:

  • The Cultural Society organizes a cultural extravaganza under the name Mélange - the melting pot of talents.
  • The Common Room Society organizes indoor games' competitions like chess, carom, table tennis, badminton, and Su-doku championship.
  • The Outdoor Society conducts field events like cricket, football, volleyball, javelin, discus and includes the Athletic Society which conducts the athletic events.
  • There is one more society named "EXE-Extreme Engineering" which provides lectures on ROBOTICS and EMBEDDED SYSTEM.
  • Along with the societies mentioned above, NIT-Patna started up student chapters with an internationally recognized societies like ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for ME students and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for ECE and EE students.

Notable alumni[edit]

Residential student halls[edit]

The housing facilities (hostel) are:

  • Son Hostel Block A(Earlier known as New Engineer's Hostel)
  • Bagmati Hostel(Earlier known as Engineer's Hostel-2)
  • Son Hostel Block B(Earlier known as Engineer's Hostel-1)
  • Girl Engineer's Hostel - GEH
  • Kurji Girls' Hostel

These hostels can only accommodate 30% of total student. Rest students live in private lounge & p.g. may be near or far from campus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "National Institute of Technology, Patna celebrates its 11th foundation day". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "NIT Patna to get Deemed University Status very soon". Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Kumar, Roshan (3 January 2012). "NIT frowns & accepts 100 acres". (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fun-filled days for tech collegians in the offing". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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