Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday urged industrialists the Jain community to take initiative to develop Pawapuri in Bihar's Nalanda district, where Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, is believed to have attained enlightenment.
"They (Jain industrialists) should invest for its development," Sen told reporters in Patna.
The renowned economist, who visited Pawapuri on Friday, said there was a need to set up three-star hotels, an engineering college and other infrastructure for the area's development.
Sen recalled that last time he visited Pawapuri in 2003 when he was part of the delegation of former president APJ Abdul Kalam. Pawapuri is nearly 90 km from Patna.
He is currently in Bihar for a meeting of the mentor group of the proposed Nalanda International University in Nalanda. Sen heads the mentor group.
Thousands of Jains from across the world visit Pawapuri to offer prayers at the site where Mahavira's last rites were performed.