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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Government intends to unshackle these institutions and provide Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities to ensure that they are counted among the best in the world.

After addressing the centenary celebrations of Patna University today and praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the progress of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Namami Gange programme in Mokama.

"Nitish Kumar's commitment towards the progress of Bihar is commendable", Modi said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and several top politicians including Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ashwini Choubey are also attending the function.

My government took an important step towards unshackling the IIMs, freeing them from the clutches of restrictions and regulations set by the government.

“We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world,” Modi said in Patna.

Hailing the role of young IT professionals in changing the global outlook towards India, Modi quipped “earlier we were seen as a land of snake charmers, exorcism and superstitions.

“Long back, while on a visit to Taiwan, I told a friend that we, as a nation, have moved from snakes to the mouse,” he said.

Modi said, “We are a nation of 800 million young people, 65% of our population is below the age of 35 years. There is nothing that we cannot achieve with such a huge demographic advantage.”

The PM began his speech on a humorous note, saying “the chief minister said in his speech that I was the first Prime Minister to visit this university. It seems my predecessors have left quite a few tasks for me”.
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