Patna (Bihar), October 14, 2017 | Skirting the demand of central university for Patna University–as sought by chief minister Nitish Kumar in his speech–Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the PU to join the race of top 10 public universities of the country which would be selected for special attention.
Stating that he is offering more than the status of central university the Prime Minister said that his government has earmarked a fund of Rs 10,000 crore for next five years for top 10 public and private universities of the country. They would be made centres of excellence and PU should accept this challenge.
Regretting that not a single university of India figures in the list of top 500 varsities of the world the Prime Minister claimed that the youths have changed the perception that “we are nation of snake-charmers.”
He recalled that how many years back––when he was not even the chief minister of Gujarat––he told his interpreter in Taiwan, when he visited there, that “we do not play with snakes any more, but with the mouse, and that is not the mouse of Ganeshji.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his speech while referring to Nitish Kumar’s speech that he is the first PM to visit PU in hundred years he said all the former Prime Ministers “have left many good works for me to do.”
Recalling its glorious past he said the seed sown 100 years back yielded fruits. “Every day I talk to 80-90 officials and find maximum number from Bihar,” he said adding that the need of the hour is to take Saraswati and Lakshmi together. Bihar has done well in the field of education but should do better in the field of development and wealth earning too. Who can forget Nalanda and Vikramshila universities. History should not be forgotten.
“There was a time when we used to go to university and college to learn, but that era has changed. The intervention of technology has changed. The great challenge of universities is how to forget the past. We have to open our mind and let all new ideas come into it,” the PM added.
“More stress should be given on learning, not teaching. Competition has become globalised. Our youth force should stand by innovation,” he said.
Incidentally, the PM’s speech did not inspire many teachers and students who were expecting that the demand of central university would be fulfilled.
“How can PU come in the list of top 10 when it is not in top 100 universities of the country now,” one of them asked.