17 October, 2017
Replying to a request made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his speech earlier about giving Patna University the status of Central University, Modi said, "I would like to say something about a demand that was raised here and met with loud cheers by the young crowd attending this ceremony".
Four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday doled out Rs 3769 crore worth projects as Diwali gift for the people of Bihar.
The other three projects are four-laning of Bakhtiyarpur-Mokama section of NH-31, two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH-107 and two-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82. "This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation", he said.
PM Modi said that the government has chose to give top 10 private and top 10 public universities Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years. "All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class", he said. "The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India", Modi added.
"Bihar is now headed for speedy development and the fund will not be an impediment to its growth", said the Prime Minister while addressing a gathering in Mokama.
The Prime Minister said that he had observed, that across States, the top levels of the civil services have people who have studied in Patna University.
"The seed of education was sowed in Patna a century ago..."
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"My government took an important step towards unshackling the IIMs, freeing them from the clutches of restrictions and regulations set by the government".
"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 told PTI.
The Prime Minister also assured that unlike the UPA government, all the projects whose foundation stones are being laid will be completed.
"They will be given Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years", Modi said.
Modi said reforms in the country's education sector have progressed at a slow speed and there have been differences among educationists which had hampered innovation with the governments too not measuring up to the task. "The situation should change through our determination and hard work", Modi said. "In that context India has to make its place in the world", Modi said.
But when the youth of India started showing the world the real India at the fingertips in IT Revolution, the eyes of the world were opened. I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students. So, though 'Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge...
Patna University vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, however, sought to clear the air over the issue, claiming that the "printing of invitation cards got delayed and that's why cards have not been sent to them". "We are going to organise a mega event for the centenary on December 10 in which all former students of the university will be invited", he added.