Patna University's centenary celebrations may bring PM Modi, Nitish and Lalu together

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PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said 1917 was an important year in the history of Bihar as two important events took place that year.

During his visit, development projects worth Rs 3,700 crore would be launched by the Prime Minister.

Modi, who earlier in the day attended the centenary celebrations of Patna University, flew down to Mokama, some 100 km from the State Capital to lay the foundation stone of different projects.

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 Modi will lay foundation stone for 4 National Highway projects. Issues like grant of central status have become a thing of the past.

This will be the first time when Prime minister Modi is visiting bihar after Nitish Kumar led JD (U) allied with BJP again to form a new government.

Speaking to a large gathering, Nitish Kumar urged the PM to give Patna University the stature of a central university. "How will our students study without teachers in the varsities?" 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.


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.

Senior party leader and Bihar's Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav told in his interview that the prime minister has always been kind to the state and even when his party was not in the power the state got maximum possible assistance from the Union government.

PM Narendra Modi also announced Rs 10,000 Crore fund to 10 private and public universities for over 5 years to make them world-class.

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. "The Bihar government and the Centre are working in tandem to help the state prosper", Modi said. "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.

"They will be given Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years", Modi said, adding that there will be rigorous selection process.

PM said, "Delighted to come to a land closely associated with Dinkar Ji".

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.

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