Maulana Azad's Birth Anniversary Observed by Bihar Government

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Bihar celebrated the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, freedom fighter and an educationist, at a function held at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Saturday where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talked about the state's glorious academic past despite present degradation in Bihar education that remains in the news for all the wrong reasons.

After briefly describing the ideas and philosophies of Maulana Azad, Kumar, without acknowledging the collapse of education in Bihar during his 12-year old regime both under the NDA and the Grand Alliance, conceded that there was a need for improvement in education in the education sector.

"It is my goal to usher fundamental changes in education in Bihar so the future is bright for our young students in schools and colleges," he said. He also brought up his initiative to provide school uniforms and bicycle to school girls as a sign of improvement in education in Bihar saying it had brought 'significant social changes' in the state.

The Chief Minister also engaged in the customary praise of Bihar students saying he had faith in them to go far in their lives.

"No matter what kind of exam the nation is holding, Bihari students are always on the top of the successful students list," he said.

Kumar stressed on the need for innovative education where the students did not only spend all of their times in school classrooms but also learnt about the nature and why it was not a good idea to mess with it.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister honored retired IIT Kanpur Principal Prof. Harish Chandra Verma with the Maulana Azad Education Award and asked him to start a school in Bihar on the model of his school in Kanpur that relies heavily on nature to prepare students for the future.

"I will provide all the help you need in this endeavor," Kumar told Prof. Verma.

Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and Principal Secretary (Education) R K Mahajan were among many who were present on the occasion.

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