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. In order to ensure the quality synonymous with the name IIT and expedite its growth, IIT Patna is the capital of the state of Bihar. This region has been the centre education since ancient times. Nalanda, the lighthouse of knowledge in ancient 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.Patna has been placed under the mentorship of IIT Guwahati.