Indian Institute of Technology Patna, has been conceived to bolster high-quality technical education and research and cater to the Nation`s need for well groomed technocrats and scientists. Formally registered as a society on 25th July 2008, IIT Patna`s academic programs commenced on 6th August 2008.
Patna is the capital of the state of Bihar. This region has been the centre of education since ancient times. Nalanda, the lighthouse of knowledge in ancient and medieval India, attracted scholars not only from other parts of India but also from China, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and West Asia. Some of the historical legends from this region include Lord Gautam Buddha, Lord Mahavir, Guru Govind Singh, the famous astronomer Aryabhata and the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
IIT Patna is currently offering B.Tech programs in three disciplines - Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The annual sanctioned strength of B.Tech is 120. The Ph.D. programs in Engineering, Science and Humanities & Social Sciences have started from July 2009 and current number of Ph.D. students is 30. IIT Patna has recruited 41 faculty members in various departments. IIT Patna has collaboration with the University of Houston, USA and Louisiana State University, USA.