Kumar's request came on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a sewage treatment plant for Patna town worth Rs 738.04 crore under the "Namami Gange" project. Modi will lay the foundation stone of four Rs national highways projects worth 3,031 crore, at Mokama.
This was for the first time that Nitish and Modi shared the dais here on Saturday after the JD (U) formed the Government in the State with BJP's support.
Later, speaking at the centenary celebrations of Patna University, the prime minister showered praise on the chief minister.
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"Nitish Kumar has demanded for central university status to Patna University during his address, which was applauded by the gathering present here, but I would suggest for a step ahead of the central university status", said Modi. "How will our students study without teachers in the varsities?"
Other than this he also laid the foundation stone for the four-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and the construction of six-lane Ganga Setu at a cost of Rs 1,161 crore. He said roads bring prosperity and development. Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) said seven Superintendents of Police and 12 deputy SPs had been deployed to oversee the security arrangements and regulation of road traffic during almost five-hour stay of the prime minister in the state. He asked the PU students and faculty to work wholeheartedly for restoration of the university's past glory.The CM also took a dig at Congress leader and former education minister Ashok Choudhary sitting in the audience.
He 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. Modi said that time has changed and there is urgent need for education reform in India. "We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world", Modi said.
PM Modi also said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and noted that the government has made a decision to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and private universities over the next five years to make them world-class.
Modi said, "We are a nation of 800 million young people, 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years".