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Firm step for new NIT site

The National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna has moved a step ahead towards its new and permanent campus at Bihta with its governing board selecting the architect.

Salem (Tamil Nadu)-based architect Mukesh & Associates won the bid out of seven firms, which had submitted the tender. NIT-Patna director Asok De said: “The governing board has selected Mukesh & Associates for designing the new campus.”

A specialist in constructing academic campuses like AIIMS-Raipur, Central University of Karnataka-Gulbarga, NIT-Rourkela among others, Mukesh & Associates also built the Sanand (Gujarat)-based plant of car major Ford and Air India hangar in several airports, including Thiruvananthapuram.

The architect selection was done last week and the new campus would come up on 100 acres. Apart from NIT governing board members, the other members comprises representatives from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, Central Public Works Department representatives and senior faculty members from NIT Patna G.K. Chaudhary. The new campus would be green premises with all modern facilities.

About the plan, Choudhary said a big pond would be dug within the campus and so that the institute’s water requirement is fulfilled. Also to meet the energy requirement, fishplates would be installed above the water level for solar energy generation.

Sources said the new campus at Bihta would have vertical construction having G+4 buildings, residential quarters for staff and officials, director residences, playground, academic block, administrative block, international-level guesthouses and hostel. The campus would also have a convention hall and an open-air theatre so that institute does not face problem in organising national- and international-level conferences.

Choudhary added: “The present campus at Ashok Rajpath is less than 25 acres and we have been demanding 100 acres from the government for the new campus.”