Roadmap ready for new beginning for Nalanda University
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 16:32
  
New Delhi: India's ancient school of learning Nalanda University is set to revive its glory with a roadmap being prepared for a new beginning for the institution.

A Nalanda Mentor Group, which has been set up by the government as an interim governing board of the university, has drawn up detained plans for its revival.

The Ministry of External Affairs has already prepared the Nalanda University Bill which is expected to be introduced in Parliament during the ongoing session.

Head of the mentor group and Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen today said the proposed university will have schools like Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Historical Studies and Ecology and Environmental Studies, among others.

The Mentor Group is expecting good amount of donations from government, private sector, NGOs and religious institutions, Sen said. However, he did not give any time-frame on when the university would start functioning.

He said the proposed university will have collaborations with other old universities, including the Al-Azhar University of Egypt, Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Britain and Harvard University in the US.

Sen said that the proposed institution will have a lot of collaboration with China which has more Buddhists than any country. Certain job-oriented programmes will be offered in this institution, he said.

Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yeo, who is a member of the Mentor Group, said that the university will be marketed in China after the bill is passed in Parliament.

The bill will be presented in the East Asia Summit in Hanoi in October after its passage in Parliament, he said. The East Asia Summit is the initiating body of the project. Yeo said the project which will cost Rs 1,005 crore will make a contribution to the "new Asia".

The President of India will be the visitor of this institution. Prof Gopa Sabharwal has been selected as the Vice Chancellor designate for the university.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has assured to provide the required assistance, including security for the faculty and students, Sen said.

The Union Cabinet had last month cleared the draft Nalanda University bill. India as the host country will make significant contribution in the initial stage, with the Planning Commission already having allocated Rs 50 crore as endowment fund in the form of a special grant.

The Nalanda Mentor Group shall exercise powers as the interim governing board of the university for a period of one year or till the members of the governing board are nominated.

Sen said the proposed university may offer courses in Mathematics and Astronomy, the two disciplines for which Nalanda was known worldwide.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 16:32


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