President on two-day visit to Bihar from Feb 15

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Patna, Feb 2 (UNI) President Pratibha Patil would arrive here on February 15 on her maiden visit to Bihar since assuming the country's highest office last year.

State Cabinet Coordination Secretary Girish Shankar told UNI here today that that soon after her arrival, she would leave for Gaya to inauguarate the All India Inter-University cultural fest at Bodh Gaya. In the evening, she would return here for a night halt at Raj Bhavan.

The next day accompanied by Governor R S Gavai and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, she would leave for Vaishali to visit the ancient ruins and several historical sites of Vaishaligarh, Mr Shankar said.

During her six-hour stay there, the President is scheduled to visit the world's tallest Shanti Stupa, the famous Asoka piller at Kolhua and the birth place of Lord Mahavira among others.

She would leave for New Delhi the same evening.

Mrs Patil would be the third President after first President Dr Rajendra Prasad, who hailed from Bihar, and Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma to visit the famous historical sites at Vaishaligarh.

Meanwhile, security is being tightened in and around the historial sites under the supervision of Vaishali District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police. A large posse of security forces would be deployed at all the places of her visit.

Incidentally, her predecessor A P J Abdul Kalam is also scheduled to arrive here on February 8 on a day's visit to chair the first board meeting of the proposed Nalanda International University, expected to come up before this year end.

Dr Kalam, who had conceptualised the idea behind establishing eastern India's first global university, recently took over as its first 'Visitor' on the request of the Chief Minister.

Mr Kumar has already allocated Rs eight crores from the state's planned budget for setting up the new university in line with the one that existed about five hundred years ago under the same name.

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