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- Inter-disciplinary studies proposed for NIT, Science College to get facelift

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna, before moving to its new campus at Bihta, has started redesigning its existing courses and adding new ones.

The NIT-Patna administration, with an aim to have inter-disciplinary studies, is planning to set up seven engineering schools having varied courses.

The school of electronics and computer science would offer BTech courses in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer science, Information Technology (IT), instrumentation & control engineering.

Of the five BTech courses in school of electronics and computer science, the institute is not offering course in instrumentation and control engineering and it would be launch once the institute moves to its new campus.

NIT-Patna senior professor and coordinator of planning G.K. Chaudhary said: “The basic idea behind setting up the school concept is to promote inter-disciplinary subject studies so that students enrolled to a particular school also have knowledge and information about other engineering branches.”

Similarly, in school of mechanical engineering science, BTech courses such as mechanical engineering, production engineering, automobile engineering and applied mechanics will be added.

Chaudhary said: “Today, a mechanical company hiring students are looking for graduates who have inter-disciplinary knowledge.”

With an over-increasing demand of urban planning, the school of architecture will have BTech courses in BArch and urban planning.

Echoing the views of Chaudhary, Gyan Shankar Singh, a fourth and final- year mechanical engineering student, said: “Students having inter-disciplinary teaching is good. In mechanical branch, at present, students have to study one paper of automobile but if the course is inter-disciplinary there will be detailed study of automobile and other mechanical branches.”

Sanjay Kumar, a civil engineering teacher, said: “With rapid pace of urbanisation, there are a few engineering colleges in the country which are running courses in urban planning. Anyone enrolled to it can study urban planning, road and drainage design and also tricks about how to develop an eco-friendly city or colony.”

The school systems already exist in a few universities such as JNU and central universities. Even the upcoming Nalanda University is going to have school system courses.

Also, with the introduction of school system studies, many new engineering courses would be launched.

The new courses are much in demand such as automobile engineering, applied mechanics, urban planning are some of most demanding courses.

With the launch of new courses, the NIT-Patna administration is planning to triple its existing student strength from 3,000 to 9,000 by 2025.

The new courses would be launched once NIT-Patna shifts to its new campus at Bihta.

The institute is planning to shift to Bihta by 2017 and for which the state government, after acquiring 100 acres of land, gave possession to the NIT-Patna administration. The NIT-Patna has also been given Rs 7 crore for constructing boundary wall of new campus by the state government.

The new campus in Bihta will have vertical construction having G+4 building, residential quarters for staff and officials, director’s residence, playground, academic block, administrative block, an international-level guesthouse and also an international-level hostel.

The new campus will be modern and eco-friendly.