New Delhi: Efforts to revive the Nalanda
University got a major boost on Tuesday when China gave a cheque of
USD 1 million for building a Chinese-type library, marking the
first donation for the ambitious project.
Piloted by the Ministry of External Affairs, the Nalanda
University revival project has been gaining steam in the past
few years with the enactment of a law to give the varsity a
stand-alone status with special provisions.
Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan formally handed over
the cheque to Vice-Chancellor designate of the University Gopa
Sabharwal, fulfilling a commitment made by Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao during his visit to India last year.
The event came on a day when the new logo of the proposed
institution -- that represents Asian interconnectivity and
harmony between man and nature -- was unveiled.
The Chinese Premier had announced in December, 2010 that
the country would provide USD one million for building a
Chinese-type library at the proposed varsity.
Noting that Chinese scholars gained "immense benefit" from
the ancient Nalanda University, Zhang said the donation was
one of the "important and meaningful endeavours" that his
country was taking in reviving the institution.
"The ancient Nalanda University is a monumental example of
cultural exchanges between India and China. The revival
project is also a key cooperative project of the East Asia
Summit," he said.
The Ambassador also pledged that the Chinese Government is
ready to do whatever it can for reviving the ancient seat of
"The money will be used to construct a Chinese-style
library at the campus and we are ready to contribute
everything for the revival," the Ambassador said.
He also recalled the ancient links between China and the
University through famous Chinese Buddhist monk and traveller
Xuan Zang (Huen-Tsang).
Expressing her gratitude, Sabharwal said the university
will be in regular touch with the Chinese Government with
regard to construction of the library which will come up in
"We have not yet decided on the design. But there could be
an entire floor in Chinese architecture at the library
building. We will seek the Chinese Government`s help whenever
we need," she said.
Though many countries like Thailand, Loas and Singapore
have promised donations to the University, China is the first
country to fulfil its pledge.
She said the University would soon float global tenders
for design of the proposed institution.