The Bihar government has strongly objected to the central government's decision to shift the Railway Institute of Jamalpur in Bihar to Lucknow. CM Nitish Kumar has written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal urging him to withdraw the decision immediately. The Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) is one of the oldest railway institutes located at Jamalpur in the Munger district of Bihar, on the Patna-Bhagalpur rail route.

According to sources, there is a plan to shift the Railway Institute from Jamalpur in Bihar to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Senior Minister of Bihar Government Sanjay Jha, on Wednesday, not only opposed this decision of the Central Government by making several tweets, but also said that the decision of the Central on April 24 is regressive.

The Institute was established in 1888 at Jamalpur in Munger District of the Bihar. Nitish Kumar also wrote a letter against this decision of the central government on 1 May. Bihar Government Senior Minister Sanjay Jha said that this Railway Institute located in Munger district has been a part of the State Heritage and Nitish Kumar will not let it go out of the state with full force.
He said that Nitish Kumar has put forth his point firmly and he is hopeful that the central government will take a decision in the interest of the state after listening to his talk on the matter. He also said that Nitish Kumar has never compromised with the interests of the state.

Sanjay Jha said that the Jamalpur Railway Institute is not just a Institute but has also been associated with the identity of Bihar, which we cannot lose at all. It is known that assembly elections are going to be held in the state later this year, in such a situation politics on this dispute can increase further in the next few days.

IRIMEE had humble beginnings, when it started in 1905 as a technical school attached to the Jamalpur Workshop. It came into national prominence when it started the training of Special Class Railway Apprentices as Mechanical and Electrical engineers, starting from the year 1927. In 1974, the school was made a Centralised Training Institute (CTI), renamed as Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, and brought under direct control of Railway Board. It is, therefore, the oldest of the CTIs.