"I ask everybody not to just talk about the welfare of the poor people, but also work for them," he said in his address at the silver jubilee function of the Nalanda Open University (NOU) here.
    
Expressing happiness over the university's practical and employment-oriented education, besides academic education, he said its functioning inspired trust.
       
"I hope NOU will keep working for the welfare of the poor by keeping in mind the need of the state and the country. I ask the scholars and intellectuals to assist it in this direction," Manjhi added.

Manjhi also released two books - 'Shakti Peethas of India' by Indumati Pathak and 'The Concept of Aesthetic Pleasure' by Shobha Kant Mishra at the function.
    
NOU Vice-chancellor Ras Bihari Singh said the university caters to 1.5 lakh students, mostly from poor background, despite its lack of resources.
    
"A majority of our students are those who work daily and are unable to take admission in traditional universities due to poverty and backwardness. We cater to them and also provide courses that are job-oriented," he said.

State Education minister Brishin Patel, Environment Minister P K Shahi were among those present at the function.

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