Students euphoric about new campus

IIT-Patna comes up with world-class facilities

By Roshan Kumar
  • Published 7.08.15

"Now, we can proudly say that we have our own campus."

Final-year student Akhil Shukla is on the verge of leaving IIT-Patna but he sounded overjoyed after shifting to the institute's sprawling campus in Bihta. Akhil said: "Moving to the new campus is altogether a different feeling for all students of IIT-Patna."

Akhil, also the head of IIT-Patna student gymkhana, said the campus was not only bigger in terms of area but has all the facilities, which any top institute in the country has. Apart from the main tutorial block, there are separate wings (buildings) for different engineering branches. There are three huge workshops for mechanical, electrical and civil engineering students.

There are four hostel blocks for accommodating around 1,000 students with separate rooms for each student. Akhil added: "The hostel room has all facilities - study table, chair, wardrobe and even a solar lamp so that there is uninterrupted power supply."

The hostel block has three common rooms - television room, music room having all musical instruments and reading room having books, magazines and newspapers - in different floors. All rooms have reflective glasses for making the room cool.

Apart from the third convocation, IIT-Patna also celebrated its seventh foundation day at Bihta campus. The institute was earlier running from its transit campus at Patliputra.

Spread over an area of 500 acres at Bihta, 40km southwest from Patna, the campus is no less than any old or new IITs in terms of grandeur. The buildings of new campus have both the touch of Indian as well as Roman architecture. The top wall of the building has inscriptions of ancient Nalanda ruins giving a touch of the state's age-old tradition in the field of education. Similarly, all the buildings have huge columns erected in front of the building much like the ancient Roman architecture style.

As the institute shifted to its new campus on July 25, the construction work on the campus is still going on. The food courts will be ready within a month. The food court located in between the administrative block and hostel will have three kiosks - one general store and stationery shop and a milk parlour. The institute also has a night hostel where students can get all types of foodstuff.

Amar Parulekar, a fourth-year student at IIT Patna who hails from Maharashtra, said: "I am from Mumbai and have visited IIT-Bombay at Powai. The IIT Patna is no less than IIT Powai. The only advantage, which IIT Powai has, is a huge lake in the middle of the campus but we too have a river in the middle of the campus."

The former students too are elated at stepping into the Bihta campus. Uday Shankar, an electrical engineering graduate, who received his degree on Thursday, said: "Anyone studying at Bihta campus can be of envy, and whenever we come to the new campus we will be proud of its building and infrastructure facilities but our old campus at Patliputra was also no less as it too had all basic facilities."