Nalanda University received applications for admission from applicants’ world over. Finally, the ancient Nalanda University (NU) began its academic session in Rajgir in Bihar.
As per stats, more than 1000 applicants from 40 different countries have sought admissions. The vice-chancellor Gopa Sabharwal wants a low key launch with for School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and School of Historical Studies. Current status of the campus is there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus
For the onset of the college, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would visit the campus on September 14th.By the time the date arrives, media glare would also decrease to some extent.
More than a 1,000 students from various countries across the globe had applied for the seven schools on different subjects that will function at the university, of which only 15, including one each from Japan and Bhutan were selected.
The university was once proposed for having international character in match with the modern times. The proposal was made by the Singapore government when APJ Abdul Kalam mooted NU. On this note, even the former Chief Minister Bihar Nitesh Kumar also showed a keen interest in the implementation of the concept and the work for the same started soon after.
Economist Amartya Sen is the chairman of the Governing Body of the university, while renowned teachers from various countries are its members. Former Singapore foreign minister George Yeo and Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Anil Wadhwa are also part of the governing body.
It is also to be noted that the Nalanda University came into existence by the Nalanda University Act passed by the parliament.
Presently, the architectural plan of the NU has been approved and the extensive campus will also have a huge lake, and the proposed library will come up in the middle of it. The NU campus will be spread over 455 acres and its construction is underway around 12 km from the site of the ancient university, which began during the Gupta period in 6th century AD and came to an end after being ransacked, looted and burnt in 1193 AD by the invading Turk army led by its commander Bakhtiyar Khilji.
Interestingly, NU has strived to have a global character and several countries already signing agreements and pitching in with funds. China contributed one million dollars in 2011, which will be used to establish a library at the campus as per a source. Singapore is the prime foreign mover for the university has pledged around $5 million, while the Thailand Ambassador to India donated $1,00,000, the V-C said adding Australia would provide 1 million Australian dollars for a chair at the School of Ecology and Environment studies for three years.Apart from all the foreign contributions, the Central government has sanctioned Rs 2,700 crore for a period of 10 years.