Bihar is the land of Nalanda, world’s oldest university in the recorded history of mankind and one of the ancient mega learning centres of Buddhist studies. It also saw the emergence of another important learning centre at Vikramshila under the Pala rulers.
The state of education in Bihar has been severely criticized for its low standards and existence of malpractices in the annual conduct of state board examination. However, some recent improvements have been initiated by the state government due to international and national media backlash over the integrity and character of the participating schools and colleges as well as the conducting authorities. The administration of education has shown improvements under the new education minister.
Education Minister of Bihar in 2018:
At present, the education minister of Bihar is Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma (in 2018)
He is the minister of education and law department of Bihar under which the subject of education comes. Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma has assumed the post of education minister of Bihar from 29 July 2018. He is a member of Janata Dal United party which is also the political party of Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar. He replaced Ashok Choudhary who was the education minister of Bihar from 20 November 2015 to July 2017.
Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma has also assumed additional charge of social welfare department after Manju Verma’s resignation.
About Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma
- Constituency: Ghosi, Bihar
- Party Name: Janata Dal United
- Age: 68
- Assets: More than INR 1 Crore
- Education: Graduate
- Address: Village-Sugaon P.o.Tehta P.s.-Makhdumpur Dist-Jehanabad, Bihar
- Profession: Agriculture & Politics
- Criminal Cases: No criminal cases
Who was the First Education Minister of Bihar?
The first education minister of Bihar was Acharya Badrinath Verma who belonged to Indian National Congress (INC).
The present government of Bihar is formed by the combination of Janata Dal United and Bharatiya Janata Party which has shown impressive developments in the administration education and the conduct of examinations.
Literacy Rate in Bihar:
There has been some improvement in Bihar’s literacy rate in the last decade. According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate of Bihar was 61.80%. Wherein male literacy was 71.20% and female literacy was 51.50%.
There are a total of 17 state universities in Bihar providing higher learning avenues. Apart from these, Bihar also hosts one IIT and four central universities. It has a large number of other higher educational institutions like engineering colleges that provide higher education to students. Some institutes of national importance are also functioning in Bihar like the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hajipur.