Patna: In the wake of the ongoing crisis over the establishment of Central University in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcomed the idea of opening a centre of Varanasi-based Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Motihari.

The Chief Minister was responding to a resolution by BJP member Avnish Kumar Singh in the assembly. Referring to the setting up of a centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Kishanganj district, he urged to set up a centre of the BHU in Motihari.

“Bihar government will consider if such proposal came from the Central University,” Kumar said.

Notably, the AMU had initially proposed to set up its centre at Katihar, but the state government prevailed over the university to consider its proposal for such an institute at Kishanganj in view of backwardness of the area.

Recently, the Union HRD Ministry and Bihar government have been locked in a conflict since 2009 over the location of the Central University issue in the state. While Nitish Kumar has been insistent on Motihari for the university, the HRD Ministry has been of the view that such a location would hardly attract quality faculty or students therefore, setting up a central university near Gaya international airport would be more feasible.

The Ministry has got the required 300 acres of land in Gaya for setting up of the central university. It negotiated with the Defence Ministry for transfer of the land.