20 universities to get Rs 10,000 crore for world-class education system: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday applauded Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for his commitments towards the progress of Bihar, saying "We in the Centre attach topmost importance to the development of eastern India."
PM was speaking at the Centenary Celebrations of Patna University in Patna.
PM Modi said, "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."
"In every state, the top levels of the civil services has people who have studied in Patna University. In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar," he said.
Commenting on legacy if the state, PM said, "Bihar is blessed with both 'Gyaan' and 'Ganga.' This land has a legacy that is unique."
Also, Pm announced that 10 private and 10 public universities will be given a fund of Rs 10,000 Crore over five years to make them world-class.
About country's progress in the education sector, PM said, "A nation seen as a land of snake charmers has distinguished itself in the IT sector."
Earlier, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar received PM Modi with a flower as he arrived in Patna on Saturday. Adhering MHA guidelines, Nitish Kumar did not welcome Modi with bouquets.
PM Modi is on Bihar visit for the first time since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) returned to NDA.
Later, PM Modi' is scheduled to lay the foundation for development and infrastructure projects.
At Mokama, the PM will lay the foundation stone for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange programme; and four National Highway projects.
The total outlay of these projects will be over Rs. 3700 crore. He will also address a public meeting.
The four sewerage projects include Sewage Treatment Plant at Beur, Sewerage System with Sewer Network at Beur, Sewage Treatment Plant at Karmalichak and STP and Sewer Network at Saidpur.
These projects together will create new STP capacity of 120 MLD and upgrade the existing 20 MLD for Beur.
The four National Highway projects for which foundation stone will be laid include:
4-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and construction of 6-lane Ganga Setu
4 laning of Bakhtiyarpur-Mokama section of NH-31
2-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107
2-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82