Patna: Narendra Modi opined that the central government would give Rs 10,000 crore to 20 “world-class universities” in the country over five years.
As Nitish Kumar sought that Patna University be declared a central university, Modi said it should instead strive to become one such world-class university.
Calling central university “an old thing”, Modi said, “It is a matter of serious concern that no Indian university is among 500 best universities of the world. This is when we once had universities like Nalanda and Vikramshila… The central government has come out with a scheme of choosing 10 private and as many public universities. The selection will not be done by the Centre or on a CM’s recommendation. There would be third-party evaluation by a professional agency. Such universities would be given Rs 10,000 crore over five years. Such universities will be free from government rules and regulations and can chart their own course.”
Enumerating the Centre’s achievements, Modi talked about giving LPG connections to three crore people. “Five crore families have got toilets in their homes. I appeal to the people of Bihar to join the ODF (open defecation free) mission.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Bihar Chief Minister said the choice of Mokama for the meeting was perfect. “This area has sent me to the Lok Sabha five times. I only want to add that there should a bridge over the Ganga at Patna and another at Mokama. My other demand is for Buxar, the land of Vishwamitra, to be directly linked by road to Varanasi, which is the PM’s parliamentary seat.”