While addressing the community members during the inauguration of the Modi Shaishanik Sankul or Modi Educational Complex, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the Modi community has never been an obstacle to anyone, adding that the community has proved that “organisation is the greatest power”.
The Educational Complex is being constructed by Shree Modh Vanik Modi Gnati Milkat Trust and Samast Gujarati Modh Modi Samaj—headed by PM’s elder brother Somabhai Modi—on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
Adding that no community member approached him with any work despite him being the chief minister of the state for a long time and Prime Minister twice, Modi said, “With that, society has given me great support and strength. At the same time, I am fortunate that my family, too, has stayed far from me. Today is an opportunity for me personally to accept the debt of the society and salute this community respectfully.”
The 12-storey complex with an area of 4,978 square metres was constructed on a 6,000-square metre plot that was allotted to the trust by Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister in 2007 at Rs 52 lakh, which was 50 percent of the market price. Modi himself laid the foundation stone in 2013.
The complex has a reception area, kitchen, dining hall and 116 rooms from the second to the twelfth floor that can accommodate more than 400 students. At an estimated Rs 20 crore, phase 1 of the hostel building has been completed. The second phase will see the building of a community hall with modern facilities.
The Prime Minister said that more youngsters are focusing on medicine, engineering and other such streams. “Parents should prepare kids for skill development to combat the hardships that may arise during completing the child’s education. Skill development empowers them. When there is skill development, they will never have to look back. The times are changing friends, the power of those who are more skilled than those holding degrees needs a boost.”
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said young men and women from the Modi community who come to Ahmedabad for higher education would get accommodation and food facilities in this complex.