He also lauded Nitish Kumar for his commitment towards the development of the state.
Praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, PM Narendra Modi, who was attending Patna University centenary celebrations in Bihar, today said the chief minister's commitment towards the progress of Bihar is commendable and the progress of the state is the Centre's topmost priority.
Nitish Kumar was personally present at the airport to receive Narendra Modi, from there upon the wish of the Prime Minister, both the leaders went to visit the newly opened Bihar Museum. In August, Modi along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts of Bihar. Arguing that the resource-starved Bihar would take 25 more years to catch up with India's developed states without an economic distinction, Nitish and JD (U) had led a long, clamorous campaign. for it. "A good leader, while taking credit for the good works done by his administration, also does not shy away from taking blames for his failures", Kumar said at the release of a book on the three years of Modi in power written by Uay Mahurkar at a function held at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna.
Modi also launched about half-a-dozen schemes worth 5,000 crores including a bridge across the Ganga under the Namami Gange Programme which will cost about 1,200 crores, in Mokama, about 96 km from Patna.
While addressing the event, Nitish Kumar demanded that the Patna University should be given the status of a Central University.
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The Prime Minister said that for two years he heard arguments for and against granting more autonomy to Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and then a big decision was taken. Modi said, "Patna University should not stay behind (in the challenge)".
The Prime Minister also announced a package of Rs. 10 thousand crore for 20 educational institutions to make them world class institutes in the next five years. The prime minister will also be accompanied by Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the ceremony. "Projects whose foundation stones are being laid will give impetus to Bihar's development", PM Modi added. He said that he met many people from the rural India and the government is working tirelessly to fulfil their aspirations.
"A no show is better than a poor show", the former actor who is an MP from Patna told NDTV, saying his feedback from the university students, its alumni and the public to the "categorical rejection" was a sense of disappointment.
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. "This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation".