National Institute of Technology Patna is the 18th National Institute of Technology created by the Ministry of H.R.D. Government of India after rechristening the erstwhile Bihar College of Engineering Patna on 28. 01. 2004. NIT Patna marked its humble beginning in 1886 with the establishment of pleaders survey training school which was subsequently promoted of Bihar College of Engineering Patna in 1924. This made this institute the 6th Oldest Engineering Institute of India.
The graduate level curriculum was later elevated to the post graduate level in 1978. The institute is situated on the south bank of holy river Ganges behind Gandhi Ghat, one of the most important and reverential place of Patna. It is imparting high quality education & values at UG (B.Tech), PG (M.Tech) & Ph .D programmes through its experienced faculty well versed in their respective field of engineering and technology with well-equipped laboratories. At present the Institute has seven disciplines viz. Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & engineering, Electrical engineering., Electronics & Communication engineering, Information Technology and Mechanical engineering, and well established departments of physics, Mathematics and Humanities and Social Science. Its 60 acres campus has a picturesque river view with eye-catching historic buildings presenting a spectacle of architectural and natural beauty. 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.