Vice President Pledges to Look into PU's Demand for Central University Status

Vice President of India M Venkaiyah Naidu with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Vice President of India M. Venkaiyah Naidu arrived in Patna on Sunday to attend the 100th anniversary of Patna High School along with a handful of other events being held in the state capital.

Patna: Vice President of India M. Venkaiyah Naidu arrived in Patna on Sunday to attend the 100th anniversary of Patna High School along with a handful of other events being held in the state capital.

Mr. Naidu, who landed at the Patna Airport by a special aircraft, was received by the new Governor of Bihar Fagu Chauhan, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and many others.

During his six-hour stay in the city, the Vice President spoke at the centennial celebration of the Patna University library where he, like many of his predecessors, promised to talk to the Union Human Resources and Development (HRD) ministry to push for according central university status to Patna University once he gets back to Delhi.

"I will make it a personal mission for myself to try to find out what steps have been taken so far to accord central university status to Patna University," the VP said.

In the past, top politicians including current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents, HRD Ministers have ignored Bihar government's demand of according central university status to Patna University on one pretext or other. However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, just like his repeated demand for special status for Bihar, continues to hope that perhaps one day both of his demands will be fulfilled.

"Patna University was once known as the best learning center in the entire of Asia. We need to work towards attaining that status once again. I know this demand has been rejected by the Center in the past but that does not dampen our spirit and we will continue put pressure on the center until we have succeeded in our goal," Kumar said.

The Vice President later inaugurated 'Sawera', a 'multi-specialty' cancer hospital in Kankarbagh and also took part in the centennial celebration of Patna High School.

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