Nalanda varsity dream crosses milestone

Chief minister Nitish Kumar's dream to set up Nalanda International University in a bid to revive the glory of ancient Nalanda University crossed a milestone on Friday when its newly-appointed vice-chancellor Gopa Sabharwal was handed over papers related to transfer of 446 acres of land to the university. Nalanda DM Sanjay Agrawal handed over the mutation papers of the land to Sabharwal.

At a meeting held at the chief minister's residence in connection with the establishment of the university, CM Nitish Kumar directed the officials concerned to accelerate the process of setting up the university, keeping an eye on the quality of works and completing it within the stipulated time frame.

Nitish reiterated his resolve to provide all possible assistance to the Centre and the university administration for completing the project.

HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh apprised the CM that 448 acres of land had been acquired for the university at Rajgir and handed over to its VC. He said that Nalanda DM was directed to provide an office and guest house to the university, which is being complied with. A state government official has been deputed to the university to act as liaison officer, he said.

Singh said the university would be linked with various connecting roads. Plans are also afoot to renovate the adjoining air strip. The state government would provide all assistance for completion of the university, he added.

VC Sabharwal said she was getting all help from the state government for setting up the university. She expressed confidence that the university would start functioning from 2012 academic session. During the last two days, she toured Nalanda and Rajgir and started initial preparations for making the university a reality.
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