New Delhi: Government on Friday said it decided to set up a Central University at Motihari after efforts to upgrade the status of Patna University failed.

Replying to a debate on a private members' resolution in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for HRD D Purandeshwari said the Centre had mooted upgrading Patna University as a Central University at the start of the 11th Five Year Plan.

However, the then Bihar government never brought forward the proposal in this regard, she said adding Motihari was then chosen as the site.

She virtually ruled out setting up any more Central University in Bihar as the state had already been granted two such higher education institutions.

Earlier this year, HRD Ministry had announced setting up two Central Universities in Bihar -- one each at Patna and Gaya.

Purandeshwari said Bihar with a population of over 10 crore had two Central Universities while Tamil Nadu with a population of seven crore had only one such institution.

"We are not neglecting any state. But resources required to set up a Central University are very large," she said.

After the minister's reply, the resolution moved by Om Prakash Yadav (Ind), who was not present in the House, was put to vote and defeated.


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