Patna: Amidst controversy over the proposed central university in Bihar, Member of Parliament from Motihari Radha Mohan Singh in a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal insisted that the university should be opened at Motihari instead of Gaya.

The Centre had first agreed to set up the university at Motihari, but later changed its stand.

Expressing displeasure with Sibal’s move to change the venue of the university from Motihari to Gaya, Singh in the letter said that it is an insult to the people of the district.

Citing Sibal’s August 12, 2011 remark to provide quality higher education, Singh wrote, “Sibal ji, first you dropped the plan to grant central university status to Patna University in order to set up a new university in Gaya, now you should drop this plan and open a university in Motihari.”

According to Singh, Motihari has an excellent road and rail connectivity for setting up a university. He further said that the additional infrastructure would come up only after setting up of the university.

Earlier, Sibal had also written a letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the issue.

(JPN/Bureau)