| (From left) Lok Sabha Speaker and Central University of Bihar chancellor Meira Kumar, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, chief minister Nitish Kumar and vice-chancellor Janak Pandey at the convocation ceremony on Thursday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday urged the Vice-President to take up the cause of naming Central University of Bihar (Gaya) after Gautam Buddha and the yet-to-be-started Motihari campus after Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking at the first convocation of the Central University of Bihar, Nitish said: “I am thankful that Bihar has received two central universities — Gaya and Motihari. The Union government should name the two varsities after Gautam Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi and Vice-President Mohammed Hamid Ansariji can take the initiative in this step.”
CUB was set up in the state under the Central Universities Act, 2009. Another central varsity would be set up in Motihari. The present university, functioning from the BIT-Patna campus, would be shifted to Gaya, while the other one would come up at Motihari.
In the presence of Ansari and CUB chancellor Meira Kumar, Nitish said: “There will be difficulties in making amendments to the Central Universities Act, but if the Vice-President and Meiraji take the initiative, it can be possible.”
At the convocation ceremony, Meira conferred degrees on 156 postgraduates. Earlier, varsity registrar Mohammed Nehal led the convocation parade with the guests, senior faculty members and members from the academic council and executive council in colourful robes.
Addressing the students, Ansari said CUB is expected to become a role model and contribute towards strengthening other institutions of higher education in the region. He said: “It is expected that the university will bring new formats that would link education to social and economic development for the welfare of the state and country.”
Echoing Ansari’s views, Meira said: “As the university will be shifted to Gaya, it will work to bridge the education gap between urban and rural students.” Gearing up for its relocation to Gaya, CUB launched four undergraduate programmes and four postgraduate courses at its Gaya campus this year.
Education minister P.K. Shahi said: “I am thankful that Bihar has received two central universities. At the same time, former human resource development minister Kapil Sibal has promised to provide a medical college.”
Two new courses were also announced at the function. CUB vice-chancellor Janak Pandey said: “The university would introduce MPhil, PhD, innovative integrated masters programme in arts and crafts, centre for conflict resolution and harmony and other courses in the near future.”
Of the 156 postgraduates passing out of the university in three sessions — 2009-11, 2010-12, and 2011-13 — 134 students received their degrees from the chancellor, while the rest received their degrees in absentia.
University registrar Mohammed Nehal, who co-ordinated the programme, said: “The greatest essence of CUB is that it has students, faculty members and staff from all over the country.”
He added: “The varsity’s primary focus is to impart quality higher education. Many products from this varsity have been placed in top corporate houses and NGOs. Many others are pursuing higher studies at UGC NET, Indian Council of Agricultural Research or preparing for Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering and others.”