03 August, 2021

Between The Lions And A CUB

The location of a central university is the subject of a raging debate in Bihar

Between The Lions And A CUB

Politics has cast a shadow over the Central University of Bihar (CUB), which is operating from a makeshift rented building in the state capital. That is because a tussle between the Bihar government and the Union HRD ministry has held up the development of a permanent campus. While the site inspection committee (SIC) of the HRD ministry recommended that CUB be set up in either Patna or Gaya, the Bihar government would like CUB to come up in far more remote Motihari.

The state government argues that since the HRD ministry sought its opinion about the location, they should honour the same now. Motihari, says chief minister Nitish Kumar, has a historic importance as Mahatma Gandhi had launched his movement against oppressive indigo farmers from Champaran. The setting up of the central university would also help develop the backward area and be a boon for students there.

Critics react scathingly by pointing out that historic places could be good for a short visit but are not necessarily conducive for setting up a university....

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