The Centre is mulling to rebuild the ancient Vikramashila University in Bihar to revive its historical importance on the lines of Nalanda University, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said on Friday.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday night ruled out reconsidering his decision not to seek a second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University since that would require a change in the position of the government on the academic independence of Nalanda University.
Opposition parties on Friday slammed the BJP government over Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's decision to withdraw his candidature as Nalanda University Chancellor for a second term, saying "dumping" him from the post was a "shame" and a "sad day" for the university.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Friday said that despite Nalanda University Visitor, President Pranab Mukherjee, being in favour of his continuing as chancellor and the university governing board having immediately "minuted" its decision to select him, there was a "clear view" that the government does not want him.
Government on Friday rejected Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's contention that it does not want him to continue as Nalanda University Chancellor, saying there was no attempt to "curtail" his tenure and claimed that it was yet to receive the approved minutes of the Governing Board of Nalanda University (GBNU).
The Centre on Friday said that no attempt is being made to curtail Nobel Laureate Dr Amartya Sen's tenure as Nalanda University Chancellor hours after the world renowned economist accused it of doing so.
Terming his just-concluded state visit to Bhutan as very successful and his "most memorable", President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday hoped that bilateral relations between the two countries would continue to grow from strength to strength.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the chancellor of Nalanda University, Wednesday said the university will start two more schools from next year."There is a plan to start two new schools of health care and economics and management from 2015 academic session," Sen told reporters here.
Days after the opening of the Nalanda University at Rajgir, South Korea has proposed to install a monument to their 8th century travelling monk Hyecho near the institution's campus, seeking to further the ties between Bihar and the Asian country.
The revived Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar which has attracted over 1,000 applications from around the world, will begin its first academic session Sep 1 with 15 students, including five women, and 10 faculty members, its vice chancellor said.
Government on Friday gave its nod to bring some amendments to the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 as suggested by a Parliamentary Panel to further streamline the governance structure of the proposed university in Bihar.
Archaeologists have traced the remains of another university at Telhara, about 40 km from the ancient Nalanda University, a reference to which was found in the account of Chinese travellers Hiuen Tsang and Ithsing.