Kishanganj in Bihar was earlier a part of the Purnia district. The city, located in the Mithila region of the state, has now become a district on its own. The region has been under the dominance of the Indo-Aryan race, the Kingdom of the Videhas and was later incorporated into the Vajji confederacy. It is an economically backward region and is currently being funded by the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme. Kishanganj is a Muslim majority area in Bihar that has more than 1 lakh residents. The people living in Kishanganj speak in Maithili, Urdu, Surjapuri and Hindi. Many educational institutions have been established in Kishanganj in the last few years. Sonia Gandhi laid down the foundation stone of the Kishanganj campus of Aligarh Muslim University in 2014. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Agriculture College is also being built at Kishanganj. The city has a strong railhead and is well-connected to the neighboring areas via railway as well as roads.
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