PM to attend centenary celebrations of Patna University, address gathering



This was the first occasion since Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke the mahagathbandhan and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in the state, that he shared the stage with the Prime Minister.

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"It is a day of great honor that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is present for Patna University's centenary celebrations", Kumar said addressing the gathering.

In his speech at Mokama, Modi said he was grateful from his heart to Kumar and his team for their strong support to central schemes.

PM will also lay foundation stone of the four-lane bridge on river Koshi between Birpur and Bihpur section in Supaul and two-lane road between Maheshkut and Purnia and four sewage treatment plants (STP) in Patna. He also said that the government will bring about changes at the university level without any interference.

However, on Saturday, Modi graced the Patna University centenary celebration.

Referring to demands for making Patna University a central university, Modi said it should strive to be among the globally-ranked varsity based on the competition and "this was many times ahead of being a central university".

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The Prime Minister also announced a package of Rs. 10 thousand crore for 20 educational institutions to make them world class institutes in the next five years.

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. Governor of Bihar, Satya Pal Malik, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar are also seen.

Stressing on reforms in education system, the Prime Minister said it is need of the hour is to move forward from conventional methods.

After attending the function at Patna University, PM Modi made an unscheduled visit to the newly opened Bihar Museum before heading for Mokama, some 100km from the state capital. "The Bihar government and the Centre are working in tandem to help the state prosper", Modi said.

Modi said, "We are a nation of 800 million young people, 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years". He asked the PU students and faculty to work wholeheartedly for restoration of the university's past glory.The CM also took a dig at Congress leader and former education minister Ashok Choudhary sitting in the audience.

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

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