Patna: The Patna High Court has told the state government to file an affidavit on the status of the 391 Buniyadi Vidyalayas (basic schools) set up to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi's dream of providing elementary education to every child.

The Thursday order came after a PIL was filed seeking revival of the schools that are fighting for survival following decades of neglect and official apathy.

The court has fixed April 23 for further hearing. The first Buniyadi Vidyalaya was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939 at Brindavan in West Champaran district.

Since then, the 'Mahatma ka school', as they are known, have been struggling for survival.