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CM skips tech alma mater’s annual meet

National Institute of Technology, Patna, came alive during its alumni meet on Sunday, but for the notable absence of its most famous alumnus, chief minister Nitish Kumar.

All professors of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna, formerly Bihar College of Engineering, converged to commemorate the diamond jubilee meet of the 1954 batch, golden jubilee meet of 1964 batch and silver jubilee meet of the 1984 batch.

After 2009, this was the only other time chief minister Nitish Kumar, an alumnus of the 1973 batch, skipped the meet because of a busy schedule.

Rural works minister Bhim Singh, alumnus of the 1986 batch, attended the meet. Singh said: “Whatever I am today is because of Zila School, Hazaribagh, and NIT.” He promised power to all villages before the next Assembly election. Engineers would pay a major role in this, he said.

BCE-NIT alumni meet secretary Girish K. Choudhary urged the alumni to come forward to provide placement to NIT students. Choudhary said: “BCE-NIT alumni hold important posts in various sectors. They should take the initiative to provide placements to NIT students.”

Alumni association president I.N. Sinha and NIT-Patna director Asok De felicitated the alumni of 1954, 1964 and 1984 batches with mementos and gifts. The 1954 batch topper, S.S. Poddar, from Calcutta, said: “Such meets help us cherish our old memories.”

Bhawna Shweta, a 2013 batch topper and now electronics and communications engineer with SAIL, Bhilai, was felicitated with a gold medal for topping in all branches.

On the occasion, Astha Lok Hospital in Kankerbagh, and Neodent Dental Clinic had organised a free health camp.