New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present at the event.
“It is a big day for Aligarh and west UP. The occasion of Radha Ashtami today makes it more holy. I wish you all a happy Radha Ashtami,” he said.
PM Modi remembered UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who passed away on August 21 this year. “I am missing former CM Kalyan Singh’s presence today. He would’ve been very happy with the development of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University,” he said.
Speaking about Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the prime minister said his life was inspiration for from which we get to learn about indomitable willpower and the vitality to go through anything to fulfill our dreams.
“How many such great personalities expended their everything in our freedom movement.”
PM Modi pointed at how many generations of the country have been deprived of knowing the stories of those involved in the freedom movement.
“But it was the misfortune of the country that after independence, the next generations of the country were not acquainted with the penance of such national heroes and national heroines,” he said.
“Today 21st century India is correcting those mistakes of 20th century,” said PM Modi.
PM Narendra Modi also visited the exhibition models of Aligarh node of UP Defence Industrial Corridor, with CM Yogi Adityanath.
“Today, not only the country, but world is also seeing that from modern grenades and rifles to fighter aircraft, drones, warships are being manufactured in India itself. India is moving towards making a new identity of a defence exporter,” said PM Modi.
“The university, whose foundation stone has been laid today, will not only become a major center of modern education, but will also become a center for education related to defense, technology related to defense production and manpower making in the country,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath thanked PM Modi for his efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to extend my gratitude on the behalf of people of UP to PM Narendra Modi for his guidance and support to everyone amid COVID via schemes and COVID vaccines.”
PM Modi will also visit the exhibition models of Aligarh node of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.
Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University & Defense Industrial Corridor
Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University is being established by the State Government in memory and honour of the great freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh.
The University is being set up in a total area of over 92 acres at village Lodha and village Musepur Kareem Jarouli of Aligarh’s Kol tehsil. It will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh Division.
According to the official release, the establishment of a Defense Industrial Corridor in Uttar Pradesh was announced by the Prime Minister while inaugurating the UP Investors Summit in Lucknow on February 21, 2018. A total of 6 nodes – Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Lucknow – have been planned in the Defense Industrial Corridor. In the Aligarh Node, land allocation process has been completed and land has been allotted to 19 firms, who will invest Rs 1245 crore in the node.
The Defense Industrial Corridor of Uttar Pradesh will help in making the country self-reliant in the field of defense production and promoting ‘Make in India’.