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17 October 2017, 12:11 | Bernice Figueroa
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Further, while delivering the speech at Patna University, PM Modi said the measures like grant of central status were "a thing of the past" and his government has taken "a step forward" towards making 10 private universities and 10 government ones world class.
"Mr Kumar said he had placed the demand before the Prime Minister and it was for him to accept or reject it". "We in the Centre attach topmost importance to the development of eastern India".
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by the Governor of Bihar, Satya Pal Malik and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on his arrival in Patna, Bihar. "The Bihar government and the Centre are working in tandem to help the state prosper", Modi said.
Moreover, PM Modi stressed on the need for universities to give more emphasis on "learning and innovation" and give up old teaching methods which focused on "cramming students' minds with information".
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In his first full-fledged visit to Bihar after Nitish Kumar dumped the Mahagatbandhan to form government in alliance with the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 5000 crore in Mokama and attended the centenary celebration of the Patna University.
The Prime Minister will fly to Mokama, after attending the Patna University function. "Together the two will work together to ensure that Bihar is counted among the prosperous states by 2022 when the country celebrates 75 years of independence", the prime minister said. Addressing the centenary celebrations, Modi said, "The universities will be a selected on the basis of a challenge in which they will be required to prove their mettle".
"Considering the existing treatment capacity of the city and existing waste generation and (estimated) waste generation till 2035, a total of 11 projects under World Bank funding are sanctioned for six zones which will create a total of 350 MLD of STP capacity and will lay down 1140.26 km of sewerage network at a cost of Rs 3582.41crore", the statement said.
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 prime minister will also be accompanied by Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the ceremony. "I assure you that the central government will walk with you shoulder to shoulder to fulfil dreams of people of Bihar and take this journey of development to new heights", he said.
"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. "This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation", he added.
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