Full-fledged engineering university will soon start functioning: Min

Patna: In order to strengthen technical institutions and ensure the qualitative improvement of technical education in the state, a full-fledged technical university will soon be operating. As many as 32 posts have already been approved by the state government to start functioning, Science and Technology Minister Sumit Kumar Singh said.
The minister published the progress report of the science and technology department here on Friday and said that 33% seats in each category would be reserved for female candidates in all institutions affiliated with this first-ever technical university. “Currently, there are 51 technical colleges, including 13 private institutions in the state that will now be governed by the technical university,” he said.
He further pointed out that as many as 2,806 posts of teachers, including directors in technical colleges and 1,623 posts in colleges, have been sent to the Bihar Public Service Commission for appointment. The BPSC has already started the nomination process by organizing written tests and interviews. Similarly, 281 posts of lower division clerks and 1,017 posts of technical assistants have been sent to the Bihar Staff Selection Commission and the Bihar Technical Services Commission respectively for the appointment, he said.
Singh said a knowledge center was set up to provide college students with proper training in emerging techniques such as drone technology, electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics and industrial automation. IIT-Patna has become the knowledge partner annex executive office of this center. The department has also sanctioned an electronic knowledge network for providing the Internet, Wi-Fi and smart classroom facilities to teachers and students.
The minister further said that the planetarium in Patna along with the Bihar Remote Sensing Applications Center were being upgraded with the latest equipment at an estimated cost of Rs 36.13 crore. Construction of a planetarium at a cost of Rs 73.73 crore in Darbhanga is well underway and is likely to be completed by May this year. Dr APJ Kalam Science City is being set up on 20.48 hectares of land in Patna at an estimated cost of Rs 640 crore to spark interest in science among students and youth. This science city is likely to be completed by the end of the current year and 55% of its work has already been completed. A regional science city is also being set up in Gaya with the help of the National Council of Science Museums.
He further pointed out that a placement cell has been set up for the placement of engineering students and they are already getting jobs with an annual package of Rs 20 lakh. Choice-based credit system along with revised syllabi were introduced in all state colleges. “All the necessary software required for high-quality technical education, both offline and online, has been procured for the technical institutions,” he added.

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