21 Mar 2011
Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inaugurated a book fair sponsored by the National Book Trust (NBT) at Patna's Gandhi Maidan where he would also kick-off the 3-day celebration to mark the 99th anniversary of the formation of Bihar on Tuesday.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also released four books of poems by noted poets Agyeya, Nagarjun, Kedarnath Agrawal, and Shamsher Bahadur Singh to mark their 100th birth anniversary.
Kumar said that he was committed to restoring the intellectual past of the state by putting emphasis on learning and education for people of all strata of life. Institutes like Nalanda University, Aryabhatta Knowledge University, and Chanakya Law University, among others, are signs of his commitment to raise the standard of education in Bihar, he said.
The Chief Minister further said that his administration had taken a number of steps to promote reading among the youths by allocating funds for libraries across the state. He asked the NBT officials to host such book fair in Bihar frequently as the people of Bihar were hungry for knowledge and were eager to expand their intellectual horizon.
Noted literary critique Prof. Namwar Singh said that besides New Delhi, Patna was the only place in the northern India where national book fair was held each year.
"This is a sign of people's love for book and intellectual curiosity among the people of Bihar," Singh said.
Human Resources and Development Minister P. K. Shahi, Delhi University professor Dr. Gopeshwar Singh, HRD Principal Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Public Relations Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, NBT editor and fair coordinator Dr. Kamal Ahmed, and NBT assistant director Rakesh Kumar were also present on the occasion.