Patna: When he arrives here on October 14 to attend the main function of the centenary year celebration of Patna university (PU), prime minister Narendra Modi will become the first PM to attend a function of the seventh oldest university of the country.
University veterans recall the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, had visited Darbhanga house in 1948 to meet the then Darbhanga maharaj. However, at that time Darbhanga house was not part of PU.
Nehru was also invited to Indian Science Congress that was held on PU campus earlier in the 1940s but he could not come. “As such, Narendra Modi will be the first Prime Minister to visit Patna University in his official capacity”, a Professor told.
The university was, however, gifted with several presidential visits. The first President of India Rajendra Prasad, in his official capacity, had attended the PU convocation in 1953 while the second President Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan in his official capacity, had visited PU in 1963 for the centenary year celebration of Patna College.
Moreover, the fourth President VV Giri had attended the golden jubilee celebration of PU in the year 1970. Technically, PU had completed its 50 years in 1967 but the celebrations were delayed to 1970 because of some controversy at the time.
This time also, the closing ceremony of centenary celebrations of PU, in January 2018, will attended by Ramnath Kovind, incumbent President of India and former governor of Bihar-cum-chancellor of PU.
Talking about the chapter – Patna University and female education, she said, “Patna Women’s Training College is the only government women’s training college of Bihar. It was founded in 1951. It used to function on the campus of Bankipur Girls’ High School until which is the first government girls’ school in Bihar, founded in 1890.”