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. The Gandhi Ghat is associated with the immersion of ashes of father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in the river Ganges. The campus has a picturesque river view with historic building presenting a spectacle of architectural delight and natural beauty.
National Institute of Technology Patna has been declared as an Institute of National Importance and has been granted a fully Autonomous Status by MHRD, Government of India. The Institute has also been declared as a Centre of Excellence of impart high level education training , research and development in science, engineering technology and humanities.
National Institute of Technology Patna aims at setting out very high education standards and holds long record of academic excellence. The pedagogical aspects have been formulated to suit not only the needs of the contemporary industrial requirements but also to develop human potential to its fullest extent in a range of professions. Extra curricular activities are planed through games and sports, cultural programmes and NSS activities. Cultural activities provide a platform to know about the culture of various states and regions of the country and opportunity for national integration.
The institute provides residential facilities to students through three boy's hostels and one girl's hostel. At present Institute provides 29.37% only hostel facility for boys and girls both.
Each hostel provides a central mess facility and 24 hours uninterrupted water and electricity supply.
The Training and Placement cell of NIT PATNA forms an integral part in shaping the careers of the students of the institute. It organizes and coordinates campus placement program to fulfill its commitment of a job to every aspirant. Not only that it also encourages and works towards the continuing education for the college employees. The Placement and Training cell ensures that every student undergoes compulsory vocational training and summer internship at the best research institutes and reputed technical organizations of the country. By coordinating with various industries and research institutes the students get themselves acclimatized to the various technological advancements taking place worldwide.