PATNA: CM on Wednesday asked the education department officials to create more posts for researchers in the Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research (JRIPSPR) to accelerate the ongoing research works and allied academic activities in the government-run institute.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the double-storey building of the JRIPSPR on its campus, Nitish also asked institute director Shrikant to begin a research-based project for thorough documentation of the anti-Congressism movement led by Ram Manohar Lohia and Loknayak .

Nitish said after the anti-Congressism call of Lohia, Congress had lost assembly elections in nine states in 1967. Again, at the call of Jayaprakash Narayan, Congress lost the elections in 1977. “But, there is complete dearth of good research on the two movements that changed India’s electoral pattern,” Nitish said and added that the books must be in simple language so that common people could easily grasp the matter.

Stressing the need for conducting quality research works on various turning points in Indian politics during the pre and post-Independence period, CM said there should be a strong team of academics and experts with the institute director. “More posts should be created in the institute with no upper age limit to ensure the appointment of experts interested in research works,” Nitish said and asked additional chief secretary R K Mahajan (on the dais) to take necessary steps to create required posts in the institute. CM also asked Mahajan to provide necessary funds to the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, deputy CM advised the institute director to ensure collection of all books written on or related to the state. State education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma also addressed the function.

Mahajan said the new building cost Rs7.49 crore while 1.17 crore would be spent on furnishing different parts of the institute.

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