Patna: When Narendra Modi arrives in Patna 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.
“It became part of PU only in 1957”, said Jayshree Mishra, professor of History Department, PU who is preparing a souvenir on PU that has 12 chapters related to its glorious history andwhich will be released as part of the centenary year celebrations.
Point to be noted here is that 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”, Mishra said.
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.
“The first and second vice chancellors of PU, JG Jennings and VH Jackson, had envisaged PU on the lines of Cambridge university in England. Just as Cambridge is located on the bank of Cam river, PU was set up of the bank of the Ganga so that students could study in scenic environs”, said Jayshree Mishra.
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.”