Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

PM Modi attends centenary celebrations of Patna University

PM Modi attends centenary celebrations of Patna University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and noted that the government has made a decision to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and private universities over the next five years to make them world-class.

"I congratulate Nitish Kumar and his team for supporting Central Government's initiatives and helping out to solve the issues. Projects whose foundation stones are being laid will give impetus to Bihar's development", PM Modi added.

This will be the prime minister's first full-fledged official tour to the state since the BJP became a part of the ruling coalition in Bihar in July in 2017. "People of Bihar are looking forward to PM Modi with hope that you will announce central university status to Patna University", Nitish stated.

Modi, who arrived in Patna on a day-long visit, earlier addressed centenary celebrations of Patna University and said the government will provide autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and 10 private universities to make them world-class. "How will our students study without teachers in the varsities?"

In addition, foundation stone will also be laid for two lane construction of Maheshkhunt- Saharsa- Purnea section of NH 107 and Biharsharif- Barbigha- Mokama section of NH 82.

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"We will provide an assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to 10 private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years". "The Bihar government and the Centre are working in tandem to help the state prosper", Modi said. But three prominent alumnus of PU - former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, all vocal critics of Modi, did not attend the programme due to not being "invited properly". Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) said seven Superintendents of Police and 12 deputy SPs had been deployed to oversee the security arrangements and regulation of road traffic during almost five-hour stay of the prime minister in the state.

Hailing the role of young IT professionals in changing the global outlook towards India, Modi quipped "earlier we were seen as a land of snake charmers, exorcism and superstitions". "We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world", Modi said.

Closer to the time that PM Modi's fight was to land, he was moving towards the tarmac when the incident took place.

The state BJP president has been hinting that a bonanza was on the cards, terming the prime minister's visit as a "Diwali gift" to the people of Bihar in general and Mokama in particular.

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