PM Modi to address centenary celebrations of Patna University today

"Pace of development will increase in Bihar now that a BJP-JDU alliance has come to power again", said Nitish Kumar, who in July walked out of the Grand Alliance which also included Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress over corruption allegations against Lalu's son and the then Deputy Bihar CM Tejashwi Yadav.

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.

Modi said such leaders had done irreparable damage to the State's development.

"The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable".

The prime minister said when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence day in 2022, he wants to see Bihar standing among the list of prosperous states. He also urged universities to move from conventional teaching to innovative learning and said there was need for students to "un-learn, de-learn and re-learn".

While addressing the event, Nitish Kumar demanded that the Patna University should be given the status of a Central University. Modi said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world.

After attending the Patna University function, the prime minister will fly to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 km from the capital city, where he will lay the foundation stones for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects.

"There is no state in the country where one does not find a Patna University alumnus among the top five bureaucrats".

"Patna University should not stay behind (in the challenge)", he said. "They will be given Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years", Modi said, adding that there will be rigorous selection process.

The Prime Minister also attacked the previous UPA government saying that they always dragged India behind rather than working for its development.

"I meet several people from rural India".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and added that the government has made a decision to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and 10 private universities over the next five years to make them world-class. But his government is not like the rest of them, "we always launch a scheme and make sure that we prepare a roadmap to fulfil it too", he said.

"But today while welcoming PM Modi to "his Patna University", he tweeted, "...even I got an invitation, alas very late and with a very short notice...delayed by the "more loyal than the King's people" involved in the affair. "This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation".

PM Narendra Modi also spoke about the current and former education system of India.