Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a package of Rs 10,000 Crore to 10 private and 10 public universities for over 5 years to make them world-class.
“Top ten private and government universities would be converted into world class educational institutions and giving them financial assistance of 10 thousand crore in the next five years,” said PM Modi, while laying foundation stones for projects worth Rs 3,700cr in Bihar on Saturday.
The Prime Minister was there to attend the Centenary Celebrations of Patna University.
The projects, with total outlay of over Rs 3,700 crore, include four sewerage projects in Bihar under the Namami Gange Programme along with the four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.
Here is what the Prime Minister said:
I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students. I bow to this land of Bihar. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation.
In every state, the top levels of the civil services has people who have studied in Patna University. In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar.
The commitment of Shri Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. We in the Centre attach topmost importance to the development of eastern India.
Bihar is blessed with both ‘Gyaan’ and ‘Ganga.’ This land has a legacy that is unique.
From conventional teaching, our universities need to move towards innovative learning.
Living in an era of globalisation, we need to understand the changing trends across the world and the increased spirit of competitiveness. In that context India has to make its place in the world.
A nation seen as a land of snake charmers has distinguished itself in the IT sector and Bihar should be among prosperous states in 2022.
As youngsters, I urge you to think about innovative solutions to the problems faced by people around you. Through what you learnt and the Start up sector there is a lot you can do for society.
India is a youthful nation, blessed with youthful aspirations. Our youngsters can do a lot for the nation and the world.
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It is worth mentioning that PM Modi shared the stage with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for the first time after the the JD(U) returned to the NDA fold.
PM Modi was received by Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.
Unprecedented security arrangements were in place for the Prime Minister’s visit. Patna was turned into a fortress with thousands of security personnel deployed and traffic diversions made.