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Nitish promises central varsity named after Bapu

Chief minister Nitish Kumar promised a central university in Bihar named after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on Thursday.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2008 19:10 IST

Chief minister Nitish Kumar promised a central university here named after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi here on Thursday.

Speaking to a gathering at the Motihari Engineering College here, he said if the people were ready to part with 1,000 acres of land, such a university could be a reality and he would see to it that the people received adequate compensation for the lands acquired for the purpose.

Directing the East Champaran district magistrate to arrange lands at the earliest, the CM said he would ensure that the state was transformed into an important educational hub in the country.

Later, formally inaugurating the Darbhanga Engineering College, he said his government would try its best to stop students from migrating to other states for better educational facilities, adding that three more engineering colleges, including one at Sitamarhi and another at Begusarai would be opened next year. Besides, some medical colleges would also be opened, he said.

The Chief Minister said the revival of Motihari Engineering College after 17 years of shutdown should be seen as the opening of a new engineering college. Following its shutdown in 1991, the faculties and the employees had shifted to other places under orders of the Science & Technology department, he said.

With the inauguration of four new engineering colleges in the couple of days, there were altogether six engineering colleges in the state, he said, adding that the Medical Council of India (MCI) too had been requested to approve five new medical colleges in the state.

He said it was ironic that medical colleges outside the state had on their rolls a majority of students who were Biharis, while the state itself was facing an acute shortage of such colleges. What was worse was the harsh treatment being meted out to Bihari students outside the state, he said.

Listing the achievement of his government on the educational front, he said the Bihar College of Engineering had been upgraded into NIT. Besides, there was the IIT, the Chanakya National Law University, the NIFT and the Chandragupta Institute of Management that his government had gifted to the people of Bihar.

On other fronts, he said, the state had witnessed not a single incident of caste or communal conflict in the last three years of his governance. Besides, with the cooperation of the judiciary, there had been a spate of speedy trials resulting in a record number of convictions in the state, he said.

Secretary, Science & Technology, A C Chaturvedi, minister Shahid Ali Khan, mines minister Ram Chandra Sahni, local MLA Pramod Kumar and former MP Madan Prasad Jaiswal were among others who spoke on the occasion.