Will you get Olympic gold medals for me, asks PM to students

If any university is interested in growing to become world-class, the government will extend all the required support to help accomplish its aim, Modi said.

Published: 14th November 2016 01:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2016 05:59 AM   |  A+A-


KLE Society chairman Prabhakar Kore felicitated PM Narendra Modi in the traditional North Karnataka style in Belagavi on Sunday. (File photo)

By Express News Service

BELAGAVI: Not even a single university of India has been listed in the top 100 universities of the world, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging Indian universities to vow to make it to the list of top universities on the globe.

The PM was speaking at the valedictory function of the year-long centenary celebrations of KLE Society in Belagavi on Sunday. He asked Indian universities to become models for all the universities in the world. “If any university is interested in growing in that direction, government will extend all the required support to help accomplish its aim,” Modi added.

Modi invited ten private and ten government universities to take up the challenge to become one among the top 100 universities of the world. “Watch how government facilitates support and funds to them,” he said.

Addressing students directly during his speech, Modi put out a request which received a rousing response from the student crowd which had gathered at the venue.

“Can I ask something from you which I know you are eligible to get me?,” asked Modi and  said, “When Tokyo hosts Olympics in 2020, will you get some gold medals for me? I know you can, as I have faith in you,”. The crowd roared a “yes.”

Modi lauded the efforts of KLE Society for its outstanding contribution to the field of education. He said, the society has been blooming rapidly from the last 100 years and added that the Society’s achievement was not a small fete.

Rajya Sabha Member and KLE Society Chairman Prabhakar Kore presided over the function while former chief minister and BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa, Union Ministers — DV Sadananda Gowda, Ananth Kumar, Ramesh C Jigajinagi, Opposition leader of State Legislative assembly Jagadish Shettar, former BJP State President and MP Pralhad Joshi and Belagavi MP Suresh Angadi were also present.

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