Bhagalpur, April 4: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee visited the excavated ruins of Vikramshila University in Bihar. During his visit, the President emphasised on the restoration of this ancient centre of excellence. Vikramshila’s contribution in the field of education, culture is remarkable. Hence, according to him, Vikramshila should not be limited to just a place for the historical visit.
Vikramshila University was set up by the Pala dynasty (750-1174 AD) king Dharmapala in the late 8th or early 9th century. It was one of the educational centres in India which attracted visitors and students from different parts of the world. It remained a world-class centre of Buddhist learning for four centuries.
Pranab also told that the fascinating history of Vikramshila attracted him personally since his childhood.
On a thanking note to Nishikant Dubey, the local BJP MP who invited him, Mukherjee said, "I aspired to visit Vikramshila since my early formative days, and my wish is fulfilled now."To boost the higher education of India it is important to revive our old cultural ethos. Keeping that in mind our president said, "It is my wish also to see Vikramshila Mahavira as a modern-day university spreading education in the region,” He also complimented Archeological Survey of India for its meticulous excavations carried out over the last few decades.
In August 2015, the PM had announced a Rs 500 crore package for the Vikramshila University. The resurrection of Vikramshila university would be an important step in preserving the Indian civilisational ethos.