New Delhi: Taking note of the opposition of the Bihar government to the establishment of the proposed central university in Gaya, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said he is "willing" to sit down with chief minister Nitish Kumar and discuss the issue.

"I have rung up Nitish Kumarji, I have requested him for an appointment, I am willing to sit with him and decide as to what we should do about the Bihar Central University as well. We have no problems," Sibal said while replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

His comments came on a day when more than a dozen MPs of Bihar, mostly belonging to JD-U and BJP, staged a protest rally here demanding that the varsity be set up at Motihari and reminding that Bihar Legislative Assembly has also passed an unanimous resolution in this regard.

Sibal went on to add, "I think in terms of what the future of the children of Bihar as to what they need, what they require...I certainly have no problem in talking with Nitish Kumarji. Let us sit together, and let us see how this can be done".

The varsity proposal has created a rift between the Bihar Chief Miniser and Sibal, who has favoured Gaya as an ideal location for the institution as the place is close to an international airport and is well connected.

"When the state legislative assembly has unanimously passed a resolution for setting up the university in Motihari, I fail to understand why Sibalji is against it," BJP MP Radha Mohan Singh told reporters here. He claimed that over 20 MPs participated in Monday’s rally.

Sibal has insisted that Gaya as a location will help the varsity get quality faculty and also help it attain centre of excellence. The Ministry has been allocated land by the Defence Ministry there for the varsity, which at present is functioning from a temporary accommodation in Patna.

(Agencies)