Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, made the announcement that top ten private and government universities of India would be transformed into “world class” educational institutions. He expressed hope that Patna university joins in the elite list. Modi, who was in Patna to attend varsity centenary celebrations, also announced that Rs 10000 crores financial assistance would be given over next five years and that the selection of universities would be based not on anyone’s recommendations. He said that these institutes would continue to maintain their autonomy.
Earlier the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made a fervent appeal for giving central university status to Patna University. Sharing the stage with Nitish for the first time after forming the coalition government in Bihar, PM Modi addressed students. The opposition parties, however, accused the Prime Minister of diverting the issue and ignoring the demand. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said that the PM has “befooled Nitish”. RJD national vice president Shivanand Tiwary said, “Narendra Modi has shown the mirror to Nitish Kumar and he should learn to be happy with that. We were also hoping that Modi ji would announce the demand of granting central university status.”