Atul K Thakur
Seven years on, the proposed central university near the ancient seat of learning in Vikramshila (Bhagalpur), announced as part of the Rs 1,25,000-crore special package for Bihar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the 2015 assembly elections, awaits land acquisition to get closer to reality.
“Momentum of the economy should be maintained. So it would be better to focus more on local containment,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised to states during a high-level meeting with Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors/ Administrators of States/UTs to review Public Health Preparedness to COVID-19 and National COVID-19 Vaccination Progress.
Students enrolled at Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) as well as 12 constituent and 14 affiliated colleges associated with the university, face an uncertain future due to constant delays in sessions.
Four districts from Bihar – Muzaffarpur, Aurangabad, Banka and Sheikhpura – have ranked among the top five most improved in the field of education sector, as per the NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District ranking.
Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav tied the knot with his school friend Rachel Godinho in a low-key affair in Delhi on December 9. The wedding took place at Tejashwi’s sister Misa Bharti’s farmhouse in the national capital.
Atul K Thakur
Atul K Thakur is a Public Policy Professional, Journalist, and Writer with specialisation in the interface of politics and economics. His interest of writing and research is quite diverse and reaches to the areas of macro economic policies and international affairs, with special focus on South Asia.
As an author/editor, India Now & Its Transition (Niyogi Books, 2016) is his latest book. In 2013, he edited India since1947:Looking Back at a Modern Nation (Niyogi Books), a major work on modern India. His next book is going to be based on Nepal’s complex political transition, with authoritative research and first hand experience of knowing this country as a scholar.
His profile has been featured in publications include The Economic Times, The Financial Express, The Hindu, The Asian Age, The Times of India, The Kathmandu Post, The Friday Times, Daily Times, The Daily Star.
As a journalist and columnist, he has written for publications include: The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Kathmandu Post, Daily Times, The Daily Star, Businessworld, Governance Now, Tehelka, The Friday Times, The China Post, The Himalayan Times, Mainstream, Seven Sisters Post, The Financial World, India Quarterly, Strategic Analysis,Social Change, Warscapes, NewsYaps, IBN Live, India America Today, INCLUSION, New Spotlight, Rising Kashmir, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Walla, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Dispatch. He is also a literary critic, having reviewed hundreds of books for leading publications in India and abroad.
He is an alumnus, inter alia, of Banaras Hindu University and has worked across the sectors, spanning consultancy, policy research and media.