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Paucity of space in Patna
Ruchir Kumar, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 20, 2011
First Published: 13:02 IST(20/12/2011)
Last Updated: 10:32 IST(21/12/2011)

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Patna is housed in a 10-acre transit accommodation on the New Government Polytechnic campus in Patliputra Colony. The institute does not have the feel of a college campus, rather the buildings resemble army barracks. It has been given 500 acres at Bihta, 25 km from the state capital, by the Bihar government, but is waiting for the ministry of human resource development to release the funds it needs to start construction work there.

Currently, the main campus is split into four clusters — the three-storied institute building (housing a computer centre, electrical lab, electronics lab, large-scale integration lab, communication lab, physics and chemistry lab, faculty office, library and most of the classrooms); an extended mechanical engineering workshop, which resembles a locomotive shed; advance electrical lab next to the canteen; and the science building, which was rid of police encroachment only two years ago, and now houses the optics lab and material science lab besides the departments of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

The hardware lab, a classroom, conference hall and a section of the faculty sitting room and the scholars sitting place is outside the main campus, adjacent to what was conceived as the Software Technology Park of India. The temporary campus has four boys’ hostels across the road, but the girls’ hostel is located 2 km away, and it has virtually no sports facilities.

* Campus: In a temporary 10-acre complex on the New Government Polytechnic campus in Patliputra Colony, Patna 
* Hostels: Four for men; female students stay in a building about two km from the institute.
* Messes: Two for men and one for women
* Laboratories: 36 labs— nine for mechanical engineering, eight for electrical engineering, four for computer science, eight for physics, six for chemistry and one for humanities
* Classrooms: 11 classrooms spread across three clusters of buildings
* Sports facilities: The institute does not have tennis courts or a swimming pool. Students began to play cricket and soccer almost two years after the institute was established, after it rented a building belonging to the Software Technology Park of India behind a boy’s hostel. Female students do not have an area for sports
* Placements: The placements cell has contacted around 25 companies this year, of which Microsoft, Hero MotoCop and Tata Motors have already extended offers to six students, three each from mechanical engineering and computer science. Recruitment of electrical engineering students began on December 2

Student life
* Annual festival: Anwesha attracted participants even from outside India. Students do have a problem raising sponsorship money from public and private companies for the annual event.
* Clubs: There are six major clubs: cultural, literary, sports, technical, environment and photography. Of these, the cultural and literary clubs are the most popular

Basic facts 
* Opened on: August 6, 2008
* Highest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: 3324
* Lowest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: 4586
* Seats: 120 seats, 115 took admission this year; five are vacant
* Previous years’ vacancies: Three in 2010, 29 in 2009 and 28 in 2008
* Faculty: The institute has 55 members in the academic staff and no vacancies; the goal is to increase this to 70 to 75 by March next year
* Students: 495; 456 men and 39 women
* Teacher-student ratio: 1:9

“The best part is the good faculty and the high teacher-student ratio. But we do not have proper areas for games” Kumar Shiladitya, VP, Students’ Gymkhana

“My priority is to get the campus at Bihta ready soon. We’ve got 500 acres of land. We are waiting for funds to start construction” Anil K Bhowmick, director

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