Patna, Oct 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar towards development of the state and said the progress of eastern India is the Centre's topmost priority. "The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India," Modi said, addressing the centenary celebrations of Patna University here. Modi said when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence day in 2022, he wants to see Bihar standing among the list of prosperous states. Modi also said that many top level officials of civil services are students of Patna University. "In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar," he said. "I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students. I bow to this land of Bihar. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation." He also urged universities to move from conventional teaching to innovative learning. He said that Bihar is blessed with both 'Gyaan' and 'Ganga.' "This land has a legacy that is unique," he said. Modi is to later lay the foundation stones for several projects, including four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.