Patna: Reiterating his demand to set up a Central University in Motihari, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday shot up an another letter to the Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and urged him to shed bias against Motihari by saying, “Institutes of higher education should come up in areas far from urban life.”

“Motihari is a district headquarter. It is only 80 km from Muzzafarpur, the foremost business centre of the state and 40 km from Raxaul-Birganj border, the international boundary line between India and Nepal,” Nitish wrote in his letter.

He further added that Motihari has excellent road and rail network connecting the state to the rest of the country.

“Motihari is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi as he had launched his first freedom movement from the place,” he said.

Earlier, the Nitish Kumar government had proposed a plan to grant Central University status to the Patna University. At that time, the Centre had asked the state government to provide separate land. The state government had provided the BIT Mesra’s campus for the purpose but later the Centre refused to grant Central University status to the Patna University and agreed to set up a new university at Motihari. However, few days after the Centre gave its nod in August 2011 to set up a university it Motihari, it changed its stand once again by stating that setting up a Central University near international airport in Gaya will boost the state economy.

Meanwhile, the issue is likely to be raised during the meeting of a delegation from Bihar with Planning Commission officials on Sunday in New Delhi over granting special status to the state.

(JPN/Bureau)