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Nalanda University: It is to be revived as Harvard of Bihar !!

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Nalanda emerged as a University much before the learning centres were set up in Europe. The ruins tell the story of learning cum monastic centre which had students from Korea,Japan,China,Tibet, Greece,Turkey and many other countries.

The Bazar shadowing the entry to the ruins is filled with Tum Tums,Tata(cars) and Tibetans.During the time i.e.end of Dec.2011when we went to this unforgettable place, there were about 90% of the tourists from Budhist countries.The Bazar is rich source of money to the exchequer of Bihar. The Nalanda University is an architect's delight. During its heyday, the university offered Sanskrit,public health,medicine and economics in the truly Budhist traditions. The Centre had eight compounds,10 temples,meditation halls, classrooms,lakes and parks. It accommodated 10,000 students and more than 2000 teachers.

The idea for Revival of Nalanda as a centre of higher learning was proposed by the then President of India,Shri A.P.J.Abdul Kalam in 2006. The Nalanda U…

Nalanda University and Buddha's last sermon

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Nalanda - the first university of the world - is close to the place where Buddha delivered His last sermon. Ruins of Nalanda stretches out below us, a poem in red. The remains of this ancient monastic university, located on the way from Patna to Rajgir consist of classrooms, stupas, monk's cells and temples. The crimson of the bricks glows in the light of the midday sun,” said Kauusalya anthanam writing a news feature on the world’s first university, the Nalanda.

“Some of the bricks look worn with age while others look bright and new; one admires their quality and endurance for the university is said to have flourished from the 5th to the 12th Century A.D. I have only to shut my eyes to think of the robed monks making their way across the impressive structures to attend classes in logic, grammar or medicine, and above all Buddhist studies. All the subjects Nalanda was famous for and that brought students here from many countries” the journalist from the Hindu said further.

Spanning …

Nalanda the first University of world !!

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“The ruins of Nalanda stretch out below us, a poem in red. The remains of this ancient monastic university, located on the way from Patna to Rajgir consist of classrooms, stupas, monk’s cells and temples. The crimson of the bricks glows in the light of the midday sun,” said Kauusalya Santhanam writing a news feature on the world’s first university, the Nalanda.

“Some of the bricks look worn with age while others look bright and new; one admires their quality and endurance for the university is said to have flourished from the 5th to the 12th Century A.D. I have only to shut my eyes to think of the robed monks making their way across the impressive structures to attend classes in logic, grammar or medicine, and above all Buddhist studies. All the subjects Nalanda was famous for and that brought students here from many countries” the journalist from the Hindu said further.


Spanning dynasties

Nalanda was believed to have been visited by Buddha and Mahavira in the 6th Century B.C. Mahavira i…

Panel spoils varsity office shift plan of Nalanda University !!

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A parliamentary panel has slammed South Block and the Nalanda Mentor Group’s attempt to set up an important department of the upcoming Nalanda University in New Delhi and not in Bihar.

In its report tabled in both the Houses on the functioning of the external affairs ministry (MEA), the parliamentary standing committee directed the ministry to review its plan to have a school of international studies and a project office in Delhi.

In the report tabled on May 8, the committee recommended that the school “be set up on the main university campus”. The report did not name Nalanda University vice-chancellor Gopa Sabharwal but “desire(d) that the responsibility to develop this institution should be given to those who are devoted, genuine and committed to make selfless efforts for development of this prime institution while sitting at the location of the institution and certainly not in Delhi”.

It said it was “not at all convinced with the reasons furnished by” the MEA about the location of the…

Dr. Amartya Sen: Nalanda University-World's Oldest University and Contemporary Asia !!

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When the oldest European university, Bologna, was established in 1088, a Buddhist institution of learning, Nalanda University, which was based in India (with students from all over Asia), was already more than 600 years old. Nalanda disappeared  from view a thousand years ago, but as this ancient university is re-established through a combined pan-Asian initiative, we have to ask: how are the traditions of intellectual pursuit and cross-border cooperation relevant today?

Nobel Prize-winning economist and one of India’s leading thinkers Amartya Sen looks at the "new" Nalanda and addresses these issues. Dr. Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, will discuss the revival of the ancient Indian Buddhist university of Nalanda and its relevance for contemporary Asia.
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Nobel Laureaute Amartya Sen wants best talent to revive Nalanda University !!

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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 on Saturday 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 le…

Seven Wonders of India: Nalanda University, Bihar !!

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Singapore students’ master plan for Nalanda University !!

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Singapore: A group of architecture students here have drawn up a master plan for the revival of ancient Nalanda University in India which had East Asian and Chinese students during its functional period from 5th Century CE to 1197 CE.

"We will present the draft plan to the Nalanda University directors later this year and hope to participate in the final competition for Nalanda campus master plan," Ng Si Jia, the group leader of the architecture students from the National University of Singapore (NUS), said.

Architecture students, researchers, academics and diplomats met yesterday at the Nalanda-Siriwijaya Centre at NUS to discuss and review the plan, 'The Nalanda University: A Mother Plan for the 21st Century Campus'.

Singapore students’ master plan for Nalanda Univ
The plan was put together by the all Chinese group of 14 architecture students and includes two students from the Nanjing University of China who are in Singapore on a student exchange programme.

The modern b…