CM inaugurates new engineering college at Chhapra
CHHAPRA: Inaugurating the state’s seventh engineering college at Chhapra, Loknayak Jayaprakash Institute of Technology, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday reiterated his earlier stand that he would not contest the 2015 assembly elections if his government fails to provide relief from the present power crisis.
Talking about the new engineering college named after Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan, the CM hoped this engineering college would emerge as one of the best colleges in the country. Narrating the difficulties in getting All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval, the CM said he had to meet the Union HRD minister thrice in this connection.
The CM said, “Unless there is unanimity between the state government and the Centre, such problems would keep cropping.” He narrated the difficulties in temporary procurement of coal linkage for Barauni Thermal Power Station (BTPS) adding such a situation does not arise in states ruled by the UPA. On the demand for the establishment of a medical college at Chhapra by a section of people, Nitish pointed out the difficulties and said, “I have been trying to establish medical colleges at Bettiah, Madhepura and Pawapuri but am yet to succeed.”
Some activists associated with Adi Shakti Ekta Manch demanded payment of compensation and jobs for their land acquired by the JP University. The chief minister said, “When I visit Saran district the next time, I will have some good news for the people of the district.”
The newly-constructed buildings of the engineering college have come up on 41.6 acres campus. The land was donated by the Jayaprakash University out of the total acquired land of 240 acres. The building of the institution has been constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore including the administrative block, academic block and hostels for boys and girls on the eastern outskirt of Chhapra town. Like the other six engineering colleges, this college would also get affiliation from Aryabhatt Knowledge University (AKU), Patna.
It may be recalled that the foundation stone of this institute was laid on February 1, 2004, by the then CM Rabri Devi. The newly-appointed principal of the college, Anil Kumar Singh, said, “the faculty have joined and regular classes would begin from Monday.”
Arun Kumar, principal secretary, department of science and technology, welcomed the guests while the science and technology minister Gautam Singh presided over the function.