PM Modi lauds Nitish, calls Bihar land of 'Gyan', 'Ganga'

ANI | Updated: Oct 14, 2017 13:57 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India] October 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lauded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while attending the centenary celebrations of the Patna University here.

"When the country celebrates 75 years of independence in 2022, then Bihar should also feature in the list of leading states of the nation. This is what we are aiming and working towards. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's plan will help Bihar achieve its goal as seeds sown 100 years ago in Patna University are giving fruits now," the Prime Minister said while sharing the stage with Kumar and addressing the public gathering at Patna Science College.

Stressing on the importance of innovation, the Prime Minister said that from conventional teaching, the universities need to move towards innovative learning.

"As youngsters, I urge you to think about innovative solutions to the problems faced by people around you.. Living in an era of globalisation, we need to understand the changing trends across the world and the increased spirit of competitiveness. In that context India has to make its place in the world," Prime Minister Modi said.

This was the first time in nearly eight years that the Prime Minister Modi and Nitish Kumar came together to share the stage.

The Prime Minister appreciated the Bihar state saying it is blessed with both 'Gyaan' and 'Ganga.'

He added that the Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India adding, that the country seen as a land of snake charmers, has distinguished itself in the IT sector.

"There was a time when we used to go to schools and colleges to learn something. But that age has ended now. Today, given how fast the world is changing, one of the biggest challenges for the universities now is how to make the students unlearn what they know," the Prime Minister added. (ANI)