Motihari, Mar 16 (UNI) Bihar Governor R S Gavai today appreciated the landmark improvement in the academic atmosphere in the state during past few years.
Speaking here at the inaugural function of the three-day long cultural festival ''Champaran Sanskrit Mahotsav '', the Governor said, ''Certificates and degrees obtained from the Universities and other educational institutions in Bihar often failed to get the due recognition outside the state, contrary to the fact that it had glorious track record of academic excellence as Vikramshila and Nalanda Universities were the two most prestigious centres of learning in the past.'' However, he said the academic atmosphere had improved in the state in recent years despite the devaluation of the degrees earlier.
He maintained that the state had rich cultural heritage and the people needed to introspect on what went wrong as a result of which the state was lagging behind in the age of development where other states were achieving extraordinary feats.
''Champaran is a place of historical importance as Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, the two messengers of peaceful co-existence, had visited the site to awaken the people. Archaeologists had also discovered several things of historical value during excavations at Kesaria in the district,'' he said, adding that Bihar should achieve the topmost position among all the states of the country.
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