7th engineering college of state to open in July
Patna: Bihar’s seventh college of engineering in the public sector would be fully operational at Chhapra from July next year with the intake of 300 students in five subjects, marking the start of its first session.
Spread over 40 acres of land on the outskirts of Chhapra town, it has been christened Loknayak Jayaprakash College of Engineering (LJCE) in the memory of freedom fighter and a towering political personality in the country for four decades till the 1970s from Saran (Chhapra) district, Jayaprakash Narayan (JP). The opening of the college in his name was first mooted during Lalu-Rabri rule, and has now taken a decade for the pooling of resources, building and completion of the infrastructure, and the eventual start of the session.
The six other colleges of engineering in the government sector are located at Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Nalanda, Motihari and Gaya. “All the hurdles have been crossed. The required infrastructure is almost complete. The first session of the seventh engineering college of the state would start in July next year,” said science and technology department director Bhagwan Singh.
To start with, the LJCE would give engineering education to students in five subjects — civil, mechanical, electrical and engineering, electronics and communications, as well as computer science and engineering. The first session (2012-13) would start with the intake of 60 students for every subject, Singh added.
To start with, the LJCE would have around 70 faculty members. While the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has been entrusted with the job of selecting teachers for regular appointment, any shortfall in the number of teaching staff would be met by taking the services of the competent engineering academics on contract basis. The BPSC is expected to complete the selection of teachers by December. The LJCE would have around two dozens of non-teaching staff.
As to the available infrastructure on the campus, it includes buildings providing administrative bloc, class rooms and laboratories, canteen, recreation hall, and hostel facilities both for boys and girls. A proposal is there for the construction of residential quarters for the teachers, but it requires administrative and technical clearance, which is in the process.
“Till the residential quarters for the teachers are constructed, they would live in rented houses in the Chhapra town,” Singh said, adding that construction of the residential quarter for the principal of the engineering college has already been completed.