CM Declares Dr. Rajendra Prasad's Birth Date as 'Medha Diwas'

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paying floral tribute to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on Sunday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to mark the birth anniversary of India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad, at a function in Patna on Sunday said that the state government would soon introduce a scholarship for the students of matric and inter in Bihar.

Calling the event 'Medha Diwas', or 'Talent Day', Kumar, speaking at the Gyan Bhawan located within the newly-built Ashoka Convention Center near Gandhi Maidan, said that he had been toying with the idea of 'Medha Diwas' for quite some time but this was the first year he was actually able to turn his vision into a reality.

"I will ask the Central government to adopt this idea nationwide in honor of Dr. Rajendra Prasad," he said adding it was he who started the tradition of observing Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as the 'Education Day' in Bihar which was later adopted by the Center.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister honored students who topped inter and matric exams this year.

Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and a number of cabinet ministers and legislators were present on the occasion.

Despite near-collapse of education in Bihar where not only the schools and colleges are not up to the 20st century standard let alone 21st and cheating and other irregularities in exams are regular features in schools and colleges, the Chief Minister praised his government for improving education in the state. He, however, admitted, he still had a long way to go to fulfill his dream.

The Education Minister, disregarding the shameful legacy of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Arts and Humanities 'topper' Ruby Rai, BSEB chairperson Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, and college Principal Bachcha Rai that brought worldwide mockery to the state, declared that no one in Bihar 'could even think of cheating in exams'.

"BSEB has worked very hard to stop cheating in exams. The Chief Minister personally took a lot of interest in putting a full stop on cheating in schools and the results are now for everyone to see," Verma said.

Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and BSEB Chairperson Anand Kishore, who took over the charge after Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh was arrested and sent to jail, also spoke on the occasion.

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