Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the first time after the the JD(U) returned to the NDA fold. Modi attended the centenary celebrations of the Patna University (PU) here along with Kumar.
“It is a day of great honour that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is present for Patna University’s centenary celebrations,” Kumar said addressing the gathering.
Addressing the Centenary Celebrations of Patna University on Saturday, Prime Minister said that the University has contributed greatly to the nation.
“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,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister called on all Universities to move towards, innovative learning.
“From conventional teaching, our universities need to move towards innovative learning,” he said
PM said that every state in India has top level officers of the civil services have people who have studied in Patna University.
Prime Minister said that Bihar has a unique legacy and is blessed with both ‘Gyaan’ and ‘Ganga.’
Prime Minister lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kmar and said that his commitment towards the progress of Bihar is commendable.
“We in the Centre attach topmost importance to the development of eastern India,” he said.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was welcomed by Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik and the chief minister among others at the Patna airport from where he drove straight to the Patna Science College campus.
This is the prime minister’s first full-fledged official tour to the state since the BJP became a part of the ruling coalition in Bihar in July this year after Kumar-led JD(U) snapped its alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was among the dignitaries at the PU function, told reporters, “I am not here as a minister but as a proud alumnus of this glorious university. And I am proud that the Prime Minister of the country is attending a function at my alma mater”.
Other Union Ministers present at the ceremony included Ram Vilas Paswan, Ashwini Chaubey and Upendra Kushwaha.
After attending the Patna University function, the prime minister will fly to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 km from the capital city. Modi will launch a number of development projects there.
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.
At Mokama, Modi will lay the foundation stone of four Rs national highways projects worth 3,031 crore.
Construction of four sewage treatment plants (STPs) and related works worth Rs 738.04 crore will also begin, an official statement said.
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who also holds the portfolio of water resources, will accompany the prime minister for the ceremony.