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Arm-twist slur in CUB row

New Delhi, March 10: Amid the tussle between the Bihar government and the Centre over selection of site for a permanent campus of Central University of Bihar (CUB), the vice-chancellor of the institute has alleged arm-twisting by the state to accept its demand.

BIT Patna, where the CUB is temporarily functioning for the last three years, has asked the fledgling varsity to vacate the premises soon. CUB vice-chancellor Janak Pandey told The Telegraph that BIT is doing so “under instruction from the Nitish Kumar government”.

Pandey said BIT Patna has sent three letters in the last six months asking CUB to vacate its campus. The CUB has started a master programme in nine subjects and has given admission to about 300 students.

“Where can we arrange a place immediately for shifting? The BIT has signed an agreement with us to provide space till we shift to our permanent campus. Instead of providing hospitality, the BIT is asking us to vacate. The BIT people are saying they have been asked by the Bihar government to do so,” Pandey said.

BIT Patna director B.N. Giri said the agreement between his institute and CUB was reached in 2008 in which the central university was given a period of two years. “The lease period of CUB ended in September 2010. The state science and technology department has in a letter asked us to initiate a move to start MTech courses in BIT Patna. In this connection we have written three letters to CUB to vacate our premises because we need the space to start the new courses,” Giri said.

The CUB has been embroiled in a controversy with the Centre and the Bihar government locking horns over finalising the site for the permanent campus of the institute. While the Bihar government is pitching for Motihari for hosting the varsity, the Union human resource development ministry has selected Gaya as the location.

Pandey said CUB has signed an agreement to use the infrastructure of the BIT campus on payment of rent. The BIT campus has been set up by the Bihar government, which also approved the agreement. The BIT, in 2010, offered more space to CUB since it had unutilised space.

With more space being offered by BIT, the CUB increased its courses from six to nine in 2011.

“The BIT is asking us time and again to vacate its premises without caring for the career of students,” Pandey said.