| Renovation work in progress at NIT-Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
New-look hostels would greet students taking admission to NIT-Patna in the next academic session.
Apart from renovation work, hostels would be named after major rivers in the state on the lines of premier education institutions.
However, students, who were paying Rs 4,100 as yearly hostel fee would now have to pay Rs 12,000. NIT-Patna director Asok De said: “As the institute is carrying out renovation, we had to increase hostel fee.”
The new academic session would start by mid-July.
Tiles are being fitted on the floor and work on the roof is going on. The director, however, refused to comment on the renovation cost, saying it was being funded by the central government.
Apart from civil work, wiring, too, is being carried out at various hostels.
The common room would be given a new look with a table tennis table and other indoor games facilities.
The administration has also decided to renovate the playground. The ground is being given a stadium look with seating arrangements on all four sides. A jogging track, too, has been constructed for students.
Premier educational institutes such as IIT-Madras, IIT-Guwahati and Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), too, have named their hostels after rivers in India.
The New Engineering Hostel situated at the entrance gate of the institute would be known as Sone block A, while the other adjacent hostel — EH 1 — would be called Sone block II.
The boys’ hostel inside would be known as Bagmati. While the Sone originates from Amarkantak (Madhya Pradesh) and passes through western parts of the state, Bagmati flows across many north Bihar districts. The girls’ hostel would be known as Ganga.
Gyan Shankar, a final-year student, said: “It’s good that the NIT administration is carrying out renovation work at different hostels. The students would get more facilities.” He added that the administration’s move to give new names to hostels would give a regional touch to the institute.