At Patna University’s centenary celebration function, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar put forth his demand to Prime Minister Narendra Modi of granting Patna University, the status of a Central University. However, PM Modi responded by saying that Patna University should compete among the ten 10 best public universities to get a grant of Rs 10,000 crore from the central government. Modi, in his address, announced the government’s plan to make top 10 public and top 10 private universities in India “world class.” “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. Issues like grant of central status have become a thing of the past. We are taking a step forward. 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. All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class,” he said.
PM said that our universities don’t qualify in the list of top institutions of the world. In order to better the scenario, the government will give a boost to 10 selected universities to achieve world-class facilities. Inviting universities from the country to compete for it, he said the government will be granting the winners Rs 10,000 crore. The Prime Minister said that the evaluation of the competition will not be done by him or the chief minister but by a third party.
He stressed on the need for innovative solutions for the issues. He said, “Only a country which gives importance to innovation will succeed.” “From conventional teaching, our universities need to move towards innovative learning,” PM Modi said during his address at Patna University.
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: PM @narendramodi at Patna University
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 14, 2017
The Prime Minister shared the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Patna University for the first time since the latter’s return to the NDA front. The last time they came together was at a 2009 rally in Haryana. Established on October 1, 1917, Patna University was once known as “Oxford of The East”.