Modi In Varanasi: PM To Inaugurate Education Seminar, Lay Foundation Stone Of Multiple Projects


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday and inaugurate a three-day Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam organised by the Ministry of Education in association with the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Banaras Hindu University. 

According to the Ministry of Education, the three-day seminar will bring together over 300 Vice-Chancellors and Directors from public and private universities, educationists, and policymakers to deliberate on how the implementation of National Education Policy 2020 can be taken further across the country after successful implementation of several initiatives in the last two years. 

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also be present at the event.

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Itinerary Of PM Modi’s Varanasi Visit

As per a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi will inaugurate the Akshay Patra Mid Day Meal Kitchen at LT College, Varanasi at around 2 PM. It has the capacity to cook mid-day meals for around one lakh students. Then, at around 2:45 PM, he will visit the International Cooperation and Convention Centre-Rudraksh to inaugurate Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam on implementation of the National Education Policy. Thereafter, at around 4 PM, Prime Minister will reach Dr. Sampurnanand Sports Stadium, Sigra where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects worth over Rs. 1800 crores.

He will also inaugurate various road projects, including the construction of Four Lane Road over Bridge (ROB) on Babatpur-Kapsethi-Bhadohi Road, as well as various projects related to the improvement of sewerage and water supply in the district. 

“Prime Minister will inaugurate synthetic athletic track and synthetic basketball court in Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Sports Complex, Bada Lalpur and various police and safety fire projects including non-residential Police Station building at Sindhaura, construction of hostel rooms, barracks in Mirzamurad, Cholapur, Jansa and Kapsethi police stations and building of Fire Extinguisher Centre in Pindra,” the PMO statement informed.

During the programme, Prime Minister is also scheduled to lay the foundation stone of projects worth more than Rs 1200 crores. 

“Among these are multiple road infrastructure projects including six lane widening of road from Lahartara – BHU to Vijaya Cinema; four-lane widening of road from Pandeypur Flyover to Ring Road; Four lane of road from Kuchaheri to Sandaha; widening and strengthening of Varanasi Bhadohi Rural Road; construction of five new Roads and four CC roads in Varanasi rural area; construction of ROB near Babatpur railway station on Babatpur-Chaubeypur road. These projects will significantly help in reducing the traffic load on city and rural roads,” PMO stated.

“To give a fillip to tourism in the region, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of multiple projects including development work of Sarnath Buddhist Circuit under World Bank aided UP Pro-Poor tourism development project, construction of Paavan Path for Asht Vinakaya, Dwadash Jyotirling Yatra, Asht Bhairaw, Nav Gauri Yatra, Tourism Development work of five stoppages in Panchkosi Parikrama Yatra Marg and Tourism development various wards in Old Kashi,” it added.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation of Phase 1 of redevelopment works of the Sports Stadium at Sigra.

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Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam

Spanning several sessions spread over three days from July 7 to 9, the Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam will feature discussions on themes such as Multidisciplinary and Holistic Education, Skill Development and Employability, Indian Knowledge Systems, Internationalization of Education, Digital Empowerment and Online Education, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Quality, Ranking and Accreditation, Equitable and Inclusive Education, Capacity Building of Teachers for Quality Education. 

The key highlight of the Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam will be the adoption of the Varanasi Declaration on Higher Education which will showcase India’s extended vision and a renewed commitment to help achieve the goals of the higher education system, the Education Ministry stated in a statement. 

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