Skill Development Centre can be developed with Help of Railways, says Modi

Varanasi, Dec 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Varanasi to mark the Birth Anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by observing as the "Good Governance Day", attended many programmes in his Lok Sabha constituency and delivered outstanding speeches speaking about education, Indian railways and other facts.

Modi after reaching Banaras Hindu University went to Assi Ghat where he conducted inspection of the Clean India Mission and invited nine more persons and groups to join the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan". He named Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Social activist Kiran Bedi, Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh, Comedy Nights With Kapil fame, Kapil Sharma, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, Ramoji Group chairman Ramoji Rao and Eenadu Group, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Mumbai's famed dabbawallas - to participate in Clean India campaign.

Earlier, he paid floral tribute to educationist icon Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on his birthday. He also paid homage to former Kashi Naresh (King of Varanasi) Vibhuti Narayan Singh, who had died on this day, and praised him for his immense contribution to the city.

Later, the PM moved to Swatantrata Bhavan, an auditorium within the Banaras Hindu University campus. He laid foundation stone of Inter-University Centre for Teachers` Education inside the BHU premises. He also launched a Rs 900-crore scheme "Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching", named after the BHU founder, whom the Modi government has decided to posthumously confer the Bharat Ratna.

He felicitated BHU staff and addressed the gathering and talked about the education and role of a teacher in developing a human character.

Here is the Text of his speeches at different programmes:

I extend my heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Christmas.

The PM pays tributes to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his speech in BHU.

India has a tremendous responsibility towards the world in the 21st century, which has been called the century of knowledge.

Our education apparatus can't be one that produces robots. That can happen in laboratory. There has to be overall personality development.

We should encourage initiatives that will help our future generations.

Today the entire world requires good teachers. Everyone wants good education for their children. If you ask your driver what he wants, he'll say he wants good education for his children.

Good education is linked with good teachers. We need to think how we can create an environment where children want to become good teachers.

Through training a lot can be done. And if we can train such teachers, we can give good teachers to the world.

A student who wants to become a teacher will never only study for exams. He or she will closely observe the teachers and get inspired.

Our culture is our strength, be it our songs, dance, art...these are very precious.

The proposal at UN to celebrate 'World Yoga Day' was passed in just 100 days and 177 nations co-sponsored it.

Every school can develop mastery on any one aspect of Varanasi and this can be a great way to showcase Kashi.

A tourist will come here drawn to the beautiful past but he or she will stay when we create systems that make them stay here.

After six months in office, I can surely say that the world is looking at India with great expectations, but we are not prepared.

PM Modi concludes his address.

PM Modi apologises for arriving late in the programme at BHU.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates expansion of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi.

The PM begins addressing the gathering.

Since becoming PM, most of the time I end up talking about railways.

Engines made at Varanasi factory have 96% Indian parts, make it 100 percent. We have called upon the youth of the nation through our Make in India program.

We don't see railways only as a means to travel. We see it as the backbone of India's development. We have to take the railways ahead and through the railways we have to take the nation ahead.

The government will open four new railway universities for the children of railway employees.

Those who are saying that railways is being privatised, they are spreading lies. This is not our thought or intention.

What we want to do is to put more money for development of railways. This will help. How many years will we be putting the poor's money in railways, we should invest if we are getting money from the rich

With the help of railways, thousands of skill development centre can be developed, says Modi.

Railways has shaped my life, nobody can love it more than me: PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

The PM concludes his address.

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