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5 things Nitish Kumar needs to do to win confidence of Bihari youth

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Even though the JDU-led Grand Alliance in Bihar secured a landmark victory in the recently held Assembly polls ensuring third-term for Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister, the educated Bihari youth, living especially in the other parts of the country, were dismayed and did not mince words in expressing their disappointment on social media, fearing the return of ‘Jungle Raj’.

‘Jungle Raj’ was a real thing in Bihar in the 80s and 90s when Lalu Yadav and company ruled the roost in the state. Kidnappings, murders, corruption, unemployment and migration to other states for bread and butter were the major problems faced by the people. However, things began to slowly change after the JDU and BJP formed a coalition government in the state in 2005 promising vikas (development) to one and all, irrespective of their caste and religion. 15-year-rule of Lalu was thus put to an end for good, it was believed.

The change was notable and conspicuous. The quality of education improved; new roads, hospitals, and schools were built; and people started flocking back to the state as new opportunities of jobs were created. However, after Nitish broke ranks with the BJP over the nomination of the then Gujarat CM as NDA’s prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, political uncertainty and instability ensued during Jitan Ram Manji’s rule.

Now that Nitish has been formally elected as the RJD-JDU-Congress Mahagathbandhan’s leader, he is faced with the daunting task of winning back the confidence of the educated youth of Bihar who, like other Indians, have dreams and aspirations.

Here are five things Nitish Kumar must do to win back confidence of Bihari youth

  • Quality Education

The state’s dismal track record in providing poor, unreliable education to the youth is a major cause of concern. It is a fact that students passing out from Bihar state board and universities find it tough to secure jobs and admission into good educational institutes in other parts of the country. Nitish must take concrete steps in improving the quality and reliability of education, for ‘Farzi Degrees’ have done much harm to the future of Biharis.

Opening new quality institutes like IIMs or IITs is not enough. What needs to change is the system and the mindset of the people of Bihar. For, in today’s competitive world mere degrees cannot help one get a job.

The need of the hour is quality education that will impart necessary skills required to meet the demands of the industry. The hardworking youth of Bihar wants nothing but the state’s support in this regard.

  • Lack of industry and jobs in state

The primary reason behind the Bihari youth flocking to other states is the lack of opportunities and quality jobs at home. Therefore, providing quality education will not suffice. What Bihar needs today is manufacturing industries, IT parks, MNCs and factories. The educated youth after completing his or her education should be able to find quality jobs at home rather than being forced to migrate to other places. No one wants to leave their homes in search of greener pastures in foreign lands where there’s little respect.

Today, Bihar is not in a position to boast of any major industry and after the formation of Jharkhand the situation worsened as mineral rich places such as Bokaro, Koderma, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur etc. went to the latter. The industry of Bihar for e.g. sugar mills and fertilizer plants either were shut down or were incurring losses. Therefore, the Nitish Kumar government ought to pull out all the stops to attract investment in Bihar.

  • Safety

With Lalu Prasad Yadav once again a part of the government, it is feared by many that ‘Jungle Raj’ part 2 is in the offing. Days when kidnappings, extortion, corruption and red tapism were rampant must not be allowed to haunt the people of Bihar again. It is essential that such an environment of peace and security is created in the state sans which Bihar would find it tough to become an attractive investment destination. In those days, my Bihari friends tell me their parents would not even allow them to play in the parks, lest they should be abducted.

It is important that people should not be allowed to take the law into their hands and the state must exert its authority. ‘Dadagiri’ should have no place in any civilized society.

  • Corruption

In Bihar, shockingly even for opening a bank account one has to pay a bribe. If you have money, clearing competitive examinations, securing admissions into schools and colleges is duck soup. It’s not that Bihar is the only state in India plagued by the scourge of corruption, but the level is definitely a cause of concern.

It is one the major reasons why people leave the state in disgust and frustration. This has to change. Nitish Kumar can learn a thing or two from his friend Arvind Kejriwal who openly supported him during Bihar polls. There should be zero tolerance towards corruption and the government and its Babus must lead from the front.

  • Infrastructure

In order to attract investment, quality infrastructure is essential. Roads, highways, schools, metro and mono rails of high standards are required in urban Bihar. However, at the same time rural Bihar must not be left behind and deprived of the fruits of development. 24/7 electricity, clean water, and irrigation system should be made available by the state to help the people realize its full potential.

Needless to say, a tough road lies ahead for Nitish Kumar. But strong will and sincerity can help him overcome any obstacle considering the kind of overwhelming mandate he has got from the Biharis.

Lalu’s support will be crucial in this regard.

“The seven commitments (nischay) made by Nitish would require almost Rs 2.70 lakh crore. People have voted for him for 35% reservation for women in government job, monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to the educated unemployed youths, students credit card up to Rs 4 lakh limit, free Wi-Fi in every college and university apart from free electricity connection in each household over the next five years,” a senior JD(U) legislator says, adding that Lalu’s support would be required on every step to make this happen.

It is hoped that Lalu would prove its critics wrong.

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Rs 10,000 cr will be given to top 10 Universities to make them World-Class, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wikimedia

Patna, October 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was a “blot” that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and noted that the government has decided to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and private universities over the next five years to make them world-class

.Addressing the centenary Celebrations of Patna University here in presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Modi said Indian universities such as Nalanda and Takshashila attracted students from all over the world.

“We are not among the top 500. We should remove this blot or not. The situation should change through our determination and hard work,” Modi said.

He said the government has come with a scheme to make 10 private and 10 public universities world-class by providing them autonomy from the constraints of government rules and freedom to grow.

“They will be given Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the selection will not be on any recommendation. “The universities will be a selected on the basis of a challenge in which they will be required to prove their mettle. The selection will be based on factors such as history, performance and its roadmap reach global benchmarks. A third party professional agency will be involved in the selection process,” Modi said.

Referring to demands for making Patna University a central university, Modi said it should strive to be among the globally-ranked varsity based on the competition and “this was many times ahead of being a central university”.

“Patna University should not stay behind (in the challenge),” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said reforms in the country’s education sector have progressed at a slow speed and there have been differences among educationists which had hampered innovation with the governments too not measuring up to the task.

The Prime Minister said that for two years he heard arguments for and against granting more autonomy to Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and then a big decision was taken.

“It is for the first time that the IIMs are out of government control and have been professionally opened up. This is a big opportunity for them and they would make the best use,” he said.

Modi said that Patna University was known to produce IAS and IPS officers and in the same manner IIMs are known to produce Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of global companies.

He also urged universities to move from conventional teaching to innovative learning and involve alumni associations more actively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said 65 per cent of the population of the country was below 35 years in age and the dreams of development can be fulfilled.

“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,” Modi said.

He appreciated the efforts Nitish Kumar towards development of the state and said the progress of eastern India is the Centre’s topmost priority.

“The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India,” Modi said.

He said when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence day in 2022, he wants to see Bihar standing among the list of prosperous states.

Modi also said that many top level officials of civil services are students of Patna University.

“In every state, the top levels of the civil services has people who have studied in Patna University. In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar… I consider it my honor to visit Patna University and be among the students. I bow to this land of Bihar. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation.”

He said that Bihar is blessed with both ‘Gyaan’ and ‘Ganga.’ “This land has a legacy that is unique,” he said.(IANS)

One response to “Rs 10,000 cr will be given to top 10 Universities to make them World-Class, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi”

  1. Grant of money alone does not make great institutions of learning, just as making large grand buildings, and setting up large sophisticated laboratories. It is the high ideals, learning & character in honest pursuit of knowledge and service that facilitates to create an atmosphere of pursuing higher & higher knowledge for the sake of welfare of humanity. An the open atmosphere of freely sharing the expertise & experience of seniors with development of young brains is equally important . This aspect has been pointed out by our Prime minister by the involvement of Alumni for the development of great institutions of learning.
    Another aspect that has not received due attention in the field of education in India so far is that we have not addressed properly the question of training and developing teachers of right caliber & character right from nursery and primary school levels of education to postgraduate levels in university in all fields of education i.e. humanities, engineering and medical schools by taking in to consideration present needs of society.
    Another point to note is that the famous All India Institution of Medical Sciences in Delhi was not set up to provide super speciality hospital services to the country, but to develop excellent faculty of teachers in collaboration with Harvard. This objective got lost on the way.

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar lend their support to suicide prevention

Hrithik said, "On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life"

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Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention
Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention. IANS
  • Hrithik shared a link of a video which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives
  • In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life
  • Empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders

Mumbai, September 10, 2017: Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar and Hrithik Roshan have come out in support of preventing suicide in the country on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017.

Hrithik on Saturday shared a link of a video, which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives.

“On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life,” Hrithik captioned the video.

Karan also shared the same link and wrote a similar caption for the video. He also tagged Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson of Mpower, The Aditya Birla World Academy, and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.

Neerja Birla has started with the campaign and wrote on her Twitter account: “In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life.”

According to the official page of Mpower, their aim is “to empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.” (IANS)

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Assam Government signs a MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity

It will provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam

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Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity
Assam Government has signed MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity. Pixabay

Guwahati, Assam, September 8, 2017: The Assam government on Thursday signed a MoU with Google India to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy.

Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal.

“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries.

Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Startup initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream.

“The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development. (IANS)