Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi under the second phase of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) inaugurated 70 new model degree colleges, eleven professional colleges, one women university and more than 60 higher education institutes of Entrepreneurship and innovation through video conferencing by pressing the remote button at Srinagar(Jammu and Kashmir) on Sunday. This included two new model degree colleges at Kiccha and Laldhang and one professional college at Paithani in Uttarakhand. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi said that the new educational institutions being opened under the second phase of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) will help in building a new India and also help provide a new temperament for research, innovation, incubation and start ups. He said that all the schools in the country should have ‘Atal Tinkering labs’ and efforts are being made for setting up “Atal Incubation Centres’. He said “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan” is our resolve and it is getting strengthened and Srinagar has become a witness to it. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat has thanked the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for establishing two new model degree colleges and one professional college in Uttarakhand. He said that with the opening of two model degree colleges at Kiccha and Laldhang and professional college at Paithani, the youth of the area will get modern and technical higher education and pave the way for their better future. The opening of professional college at Paithani will prove to be milestone in providing technical education to the youth. He said that more and more technically qualified youth from the state will be able to join the national mainstream. During the foundation programme at Paithani, Uttarakhand Minister of State for Higher Education Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Secretary Vinod Raturi and District Magistrate, Pauri were present. Higher Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat informed that for model degree colleges at Kichha and Laldhang, a sum of Rs 12 crore each and for professional college at Paithani, a sum of Rs 26 crore have been received from the central government. He further said that only employment oriented courses will be run at Paithani and the formalities for the selection of land for these colleges have been completed. At the foundation ceremony of Laldhang college, Haridwar MP Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Legislator Yatishwarnand, Additional Chief Secretary Dr Ranveer Singh, Vicepresident Higher Education Upgradation Committee Deepti Rawat were present. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the Laldhang model college to be set up at Meethi Beri will provide model and employment oriented education and the youth of the area will be able to further their abilities. At foundation ceremony at Khurpia Farm at Kiccha, where the model college will be set at on 13 acre land, legislator Rajesh Shukla, District Magistrate Neeraj Khairwal, Higher Education Director B.C.Malkani were present. Legislator Rajesh Shukla said that the days of progress of Kiccha has started with the foundation of new model college. He called upon the working agency to build a college building which could be durable and will be an example of quality.