Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Central varsity likely in Motihari

PATNA: Bihar's first Central university would be, in all likelihood, located in Motihari, the district HQ town of East Champaran.

The university is currently functioning from the premises of Birla Institute of Technology's Bihar chapter on veterinary college campus here. "We are running a Centre for Development Institute from the present premises," said university VC Janak Pandey.

Union HRD secretary Rameshwar Pal Agrawal, in a recent communication to Bihar's chief secretary, said the Centre has in principle agreed to the Bihar government proposal to set up the university at Motihari. The final decision would be taken after a visit of the experts to the site.

Bihar government has identified three plots in Motihari for the purpose, the most suitable being the one near engineering college at Motihari. "It's of approximately 1000 acres and located just three km away from the railway station," a Bihar official said and added electricity is also available at this site.

The other plots are in Patpariahaal and Panchrukha villages. At both these places, over 1,000 acres of land are available. The process of land acquisition will start soon after the experts' committee takes a final decision, the official said.

VC Pandey said he has requested the Union HRD ministry to send the experts' team before November 4, prior to the commencement of the Parliament session. Earlier this month Pandey made a power-point presentation before Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal at New Delhi.

Pandey has proposed setting up of School of Social Sciences and Policies, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences and School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences at the university. He has also proposed to start a five-year integrated course for Plus II students. After three-year graduation, there would be an option to exit or, based on their performance, continue for Master's degree.
Courtsey : the Times of India