New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be unveiling a life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Jawaharlal Nehru University through video-conferencing on Thursday evening.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said that at 6:30 this evening, will unveil a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus and share my thoughts on the occasion.

Union Minister for Education will also be present at the event.

A statement released by the University earlier read that Prime Minister Modi will through video conferencing unveil the life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda installed on the University campus on November 12, at 6:30 pm.

The unveiling of the statue will be preceded by a programme on Swami Vivekananda.

"Swami Vivekananda is one of the most beloved intellectuals and spiritual leaders India has been fortunate to produce. He enthused the youth with his message of freedom, development, harmony and peace in India. He inspired citizens to take pride in Indian civilisation, culture and its industrious spirit," the JNU Vice-Chancellor said in a statement.

The statue, the construction of which began three years ago, in November 2018, was vandalised, and objectionable messages were found written on its pedestal last year.

The yet-to-be unveiled is covered in a saffron-coloured cloth and is located at the varsity's administrative block.