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Patna University must compete among 10 best public varsities to get ₹ 10,000 cr. central grant, says Modi

first_imgShatrughan, Yashwant, Lalu absentProminent alumni of the university, local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha; former Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad were conspicuously absent from the function.However, while welcoming Mr. Modi to the university, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on Saturday “…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”. So, though “Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge…Teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge’… my best wishes”, he tweeted again.However, other prominent alumni of the varsity, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha, were present on the dais with the Prime Minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.In bad shapeEstablished on October 1, 1917, Patna University, was once known as the “Oxford of The East”. But with the passage of time, al its past glory diminished and today it suffers from lack of teachers, staff, infrastructure and fund. “Its in pathetic situation today”, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Patna University (PU) should compete among the 10 best public universities of the country to get a grant of ₹ 10,000 crore from the central government and become a fully autonomous institution.The Prime Minister was speaking at the university’s centenary celebration function in Patna.Earlier, amid a thunderous applause of the students, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mr. Modi to grant central university status to the university .Mr. Modi said, “India is nowhere among top 500 universities of the world…my government has put up a challenge to 10 private and 10 public universities to fulfil some criterions fixed by the government to get ₹ 10,000 crore grant in five years and become a fully autonomous institution…Patna University too should take up the challenge and compete for it…it will go beyond its demand for a status of a central university. Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory…it happens everywhere.”Calls for innovationAddressing the gathering of students, former students, staff and teachers, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on prioritising “innovation” in universities for the country’s development.“I appeal to the Patna University to be innovative for the problems of your surrounding and compete for start-ups…India has no dearth of talent as it has vast lot of young people”, he said.After the function, the Prime Minister left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna to launch several development projects worth of over ₹ 3,700 crore.PM @narendramodi visiting the Bihar Museum in Patna pic.twitter.com/QfvEKiPlWY— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 14, 2017last_img read more

Aussie blaze of glory in the pool

first_imgAustralia continued to dominate the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Friday, winning four more gold medals to increase their meet- leading total to 15.They were led by comeback king Geoff Huegill, who – completing his return from a fouryear retirement and the loss of 50 kg that he packed on while not swimming – won the 100m butterfly in 52.50 seconds. Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea and Antony James of England dead- heated for silver.”Words can’t describe how I feel.I’ve finally put together the perfect race,” Huegill said. “The last time I swam that quickly was 10 years ago. It just goes to show that there is still hope for all the old (athletes) out there.”Australian veteran Leisel Jones, too, joined in the party, winning 100m breaststroke by two seconds to become the first swimmer in Commonwealth Games history to win two events at three games in a row.Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the men’s 50- 100 breaststroke double, finishing it in 27.18 seconds. Glenn Snyders of New Zealand and Brenton Rickard each finished in 27.67 to share silver medals.This was South Africa’s sixth gold medal of the meet, a Commonwealth Games best for the republic.In one of the most exciting races of the meet, Australian Meagen Nay overtook England’s Elizabeth Simmons, who had led nearly all of the race, in the final metre to win gold in the 200m backstroke.Nay finished in 2: 07: 56 and Simmons in 2: 07: 90, while Australian Emily Seebohm won the bronze.Liam Tancock and Rebecca Adlington of England broke the Australian dominance. Tancock won the 100 backstroke in 53.59, followed by Daniel Bell of New Zealand and Ashley Delaney of Australia. Olympic champion Adlington added to her earlier win in the longer distance, leading from start to finish in the eightlap race.advertisement- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more