Six new engineering institutes in state

Bakhtiyarpur Engineering College will start its first academic session (2016-17) from the old campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna at Patliputra colony.

By Roshan Kumar
  • Published 19.02.16
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Bakhtiyarpur Engineering College will start its first academic session (2016-17) from the old campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna at Patliputra colony.

Along with Bakhtiyarpur Engineering College, five engineering colleges at Madhepura, Sitamarhi, Sasaram, Katihar and Begusarai will start functioning by 2016-17, taking the number of engineering colleges in the state up to 13.

According to science and technology department sources, the idea of setting up six new engineering colleges was floated by Nitish Kumar six months ago with an aim to have an engineering college in every district.

However, department officials were not comfortable with the idea stating that there may not be enough students for the colleges.

An official at the science and technology department, requesting anonymity, said: "The chief minister's idea behind setting up the new engineering colleges was to meet the gross enrolment ratio of students in higher education, which currently stands at 13 per cent. Students in large numbers move out to pursue higher education."

The chief minister had also observed that since the fee structure in the state engineering colleges would be far less than that in the southern and western states of the country, students should be convinced to join the state engineering colleges.

The chief minister also directed officials to provide quality education once the colleges are set up.

Sources said the department's observation for not opening new colleges was based on various reports of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) that suggested to cut the number of undergraduate engineering seats over the next few years and closing few schools and reducing student intake.

The director technical of the science and technology department, Atul Sinha, said: "The new engineering colleges will be set up on temporary campuses, including one (Bakhtiyarpur engineering college) at IIT-Patna for two years, subject to AICTE approval. Once the construction process starts, the college will shift to its new campus."

He also stated that meeting infrastructure would not be a major issue for the new engineering colleges.

At present, there are 85 teachers in seven engineering colleges and the process for recruitment of 403 teachers is under way.

Once the teachers are recruited, the number of teachers in each college would approximately be close to 35.

The new engineering colleges will have four engineering braches - civil, mechanical, electrical & electronics and computer science - with an intake of around 240 students in each of the colleges.

Gaya Engineering College, principal Ram Kishore Singh said: "If there is a good placement record along with good infrastructure, there won'tbe any problem in the functioning of the new colleges."