Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi visited Aligarh and laid the foundation of the Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University on Tuesday (14th September, 2021). Thereby, Mr Modi also visited to survey the Aligarh node of the Uttar Pradesh defence industrial corridor. This new University is being established by the Uttar Pradesh government in memory and honour of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the heroic personality of the freedom struggle.
This University is founded with a belief to spread education in India and thereby, it is assumed that this institute will give affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh division. The whole campus will be set up in an area total of over 92 acres of land at village Lodha and village Musepur Kareem Jarauli of Aligarh’s Koltehsil.
In the inaugural event, PM Modi addressed the huge mass gathered in the event, where he began his speech by wishing the mass on the eve of ‘Radhashtami’. And thereby, he continued saying, “Today is a big day for Aligarh, for Western Uttar Pradesh. Today is Radhashtami, which makes today’s day even more sacred. Radha is there in every particle of Brij Bhumi. I, therefore, extend my hearty greetings to the entire nation on the occasion of Radhashtami”.
With the taking place of this event, PM Modi wisely utilised this platform and kickstarted the campaigning for the forthcoming assembly elections. Naming the University after the Jat King is also viewed by the political scientists as a move taken by the BJP Party keeping an eye on the upcoming assembly election of the State of U.P. in order to gain confidence over the Jat community. PM Modi was also accompanied by U.P Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and U.P State Governor Anandiben Patel in the inaugural event.
The Defence Industrial Corridor was declared earlier by PM Modi while inaugurating the UP Investors Summit in Lucknow on February 21, 2018. A total of six nodes that is Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, and Lucknow have been planned for the making of the corridor. In the Aligarh node, the process of allocation of land came to an end and thereby, the land is allotted to 19 firms that will invest Rs 1,245 Crore in the node. The Defence Industrial Corridor of Uttar Pradesh will give huge support to Indian Defence System and will also boost India’s policy of a self-reliant economy in the field of Defence production and promoting the ‘Make in India’ policy.