PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the university has nurtured students who 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,” said the Prime Minister as he took the stage with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to attend the university’s centenary celebrations.
Political pundits were quick to point out that this was the first time the Prime Minister was sharing stage with Nitish Kumar after the JD-U joined the NDA, breaking away from the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party.
“The commitment of Shri NitishKumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. We at the Centre attach topmost importance to the development of eastern India,” the PM said adding he wished to see Bihar among India’s developed states by 2022.
“In every state, the top levels of the civil services have people who have studied in Patna University. In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar,” the PM said.
“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,” Modi told students.
Urging the universities to move on with the times, the PM said, “From conventional teaching, our universities need to move towards innovative learning. Living in an era of globalisation, we need to understand the changing trends across the world and the increased spirit of competitiveness. In that context India has to make its place in the world.”