It is my pleasure to introduce one of the oldest Technological Institutes of North India, National Institute of Technology Patna, whose history goes back to 1876 when four survey schools were established in Dacca, Hoogly, Cuttack and Patna. The schools at Hoogly and Cuttack failed but those at Dacca and Patna continued to prosper. In 1882, a separate altogether, named as Bihar Industrial School, was opened in the premises of the survey school in Patna college campus. In July 1886, these two separate institutions were merged and given the name of Bihar School of Engineering under the leadership of Mr. A Ewbank, the then principal of Patna College. Between 1892 and 1902, a functional building which is at present the main administrative building of NIT Patna, was built with Rs. 100,000/- donation from Nawab Lulf Ali Khan of Patna City. The balance amount of Rs. 38,000/- came from the Prince of Wales reception fund. Prof. C. R. Walford was the Principal of this college from 1900 to 1926. In 1924, the engineering school upgraded to Bihar College of Engineering under Patna University. In 2004, MHRD, Government of India upgraded Bihar College of Engineering to National Institute of Technology Patna and in 2007 it came under the act ‘NIT Act 2007’and declared Institute of National Importance.
At present NIT Patna is offering undergraduate programs (B. Tech & B. Arch) and Post graduate program (M. Tech & MRUP) along with Ph.D. Programs. Total number of students is nearly 3000. The institute has state-of-art laboratories, in each department. This great institute has produced large number of alumni who served the nation with distinction like Mr. M. B. Verma, former Program Director of Prestigious LCA Project of DRDO, Dr. Ratan K. Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, Mr. C. Prasad, Ex. D G CPWD to name a few.
The Institute has a very active linkage industry from its inception. Different PSUs are awarding scholarships to our students. The institute is going to sign MoU with FICCI and CII for collaboration soon.
All our passed out graduates are serving the Indian Industry and PSUs with distinction.
I wish the Institute all the success.
Prof. Pradip Kumar Jain
Director, NIT Patna