Six new cheers for engineer aspirants

Six new engineering colleges have come up in the state, increasing the number of seats in the upcoming session that begins around August to 3,104 .

By Roshan Kumar
  • Published 18.04.16
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Students come out after taking the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination at Miller High School on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha

Six new engineering colleges have come up in the state, increasing the number of seats in the upcoming session that begins around August to 3,104 .

"The six engineering colleges will start from this year, after getting approved by the All India Council for Technical Education ," said department director (technical) Atul Sinha.

The new additions to the existing list of engineering colleges are Bakhtiyarpur Engineering College (which will function from the Indian Institute of Technology-Patna old campus at Patliputra colony), BN Mandal Engineering College (Madhepura), Sitamarhi Engineering College, Sher Shah Engineering College (Sasaram), Katihar Engineering College and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Engineering College (Begusarai). The total number of undergraduate seats was 1,664 previously.

According to a source in the science and technology department, the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) will conduct entrance exams for 13 engineering colleges, six more than last year. The preliminary round for the entrance exams was held on Sunday in 163 centres across the state. There were 24 centres in Patna.

Engineering aspirants welcomed the state government's decision to increase seats.

"The new colleges will be advantageous for students who need to move outsidethe state for pursuing engineering courses because of the low number of seats," said Diwakar Prasad, an engineering aspirant spotted at the DAV test centre. He added that the government must exercise caution about developing the infrastructures of these new colleges.

"Around 90,000 students took the test for engineering, medical and agriculture seats," said Anil Sinha, officer on special duty at BCECEB. "Apart from the around 3,100 engineering seats, there were aspirants for the 950 seats in the state's nine medical colleges and the 400 agriculture seats.

Examinees felt the physics paper was trickier than the mathematics, biology and chemistry papers.

"I found the physics paper difficult. The other sections were fine," said Saroj Choudhary, another aspirant.

The engineering student has to take up 150 questions from physics, chemistry and mathematics in 135 minutes while the medical student has to write the biology paper instead of mathematics.

The Mains will be held on May 15.