Modi Refuses For Grant Central University Status To PU, RJD Claims That PM 'Fooled' Nitish

| October 14 , 2017 , 17:44 IST

Bihar's CM Nitish Kumar was eagerly waiting for the Patna University to be granted the status of Central University but PM Modi had some other plans. He instead invited PU to compete with 20 other universities for the spot of the university that would be developed as “world-class” institutions.

While sharing the stage with PM Modi for the first time after forming a coalition government in Bihar, Nitish Kumar appealed to the students at the centenary celebrations of the university to request the central status from country's chief himself, though his dreams were left unfulfilled.

Bihar's CM said, "There has been a long-standing demand of giving this university the status of central university. This is a great opportunity when our PM is with us. I appeal with folded hands to fulfill this demand."

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PM mentioned that Patna University has more in store than just the status of Central University. While making an announcement, he said that the top ten private and government universities in India would be converted into "world class" educational institutions and wished for Patna to make the cut.

Modi further elaborated the initiative and explained the universities will be receiving financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore in the coming five years from the central government. Dampening Nitish's spirits a little more, Modi said the universities would be selected on the basis of a challenge and not anyone’s recommendations.

PM Modi said, "This is more than the status of central university. I hope Patna University would not be left behind and grab this opportunity with both hands."

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The opposition parties though got another reason to throw stones at Narendra Modi. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) claimed that the PM has 'fooled' Nitish and deliberately diverted the topic.

Shivanand Tiwary, RJD's national vice president 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."

Trying to save the situation from worsening, Spokesman of Nitish’s party Janata Dal (United), Neeraj Kumar said, “RJD can only think of Charwaha schools. They have no understanding of education system. The PM is committed to the development of Bihar.”