Amartya Sen wants best talent to revive Nalanda
Beijing: Nobel Laureaute Amartya Sen, who
heads the governing board of the proposed Nalanda University,
wants it to be a world class institution reflecting the best
talent from around the globe.
Sen said there was a "huge resistance in having a
non-parochial global understanding" as the basis of the new
institution coming up with the involvement of several
countries including China, Singapore and Japan.
The commitment to learn from institutions across the world
is something that must be kept in mind in the effort to
recreate the 11th century university, which attracted scholars
and educators from across the world, he said at a conference
to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the renowned
Indologist, professor Ji Xianlin (1911-2009).
The Governing Board of the University also held a meeting
in Beijing yesterday to discuss the future of the varsity.
China has already pledged support to the efforts to revive
the 11th century centre of learning.
India's ancient school of learning, Nalanda, is being
revived under an international initiative by the East Asia
Summit with the active involvement of the Ministry of External
The Governing Board, led by Sen, was invited to hold a
board meeting in China by Premier Wen Jiabao following last
year's meeting of the East Asia Summit.
Sen pointed out that none of the Indian universities
figured in the top 200 universities determined by a survey
this month and said the effort at Nalanda was to create a
world class institution brining in the best of talent from all
The varsity was expected to start functioning from 2013
academic session. But Sen earlier this month blamed "over
bureaucratic control" and "difficulty" in getting funds for
the delay in setting up the varsity.
Speaking on the occasion, George Yeo, former Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Singapore, said the world was now watching
the critical relationship between the United States and China.
But the second half of the 21st century will change the
situation and relationship between China and India would
become a critical factor, he said.