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With Amartya Sen as Chancellor, Nalanda University to function soon !!

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With appointment of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen as first Chancellor of Nalanda International University, all remaining works of the university would get completed with accelerated pace, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here today.
Addressing an international seminar by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Mr Kumar exuded his confidence that work of Nalanda International University would not get stalled after constitution of Nalanda monitoring committee by the Centre and appointment ofNobel prize winner Mr Sen as the first Chancellor of the university.

With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh specially taking interest and constituting a monitoring committee to oversee the work of Nalanda International University and also after appointment of Amartya Sen as Chancellor, the work of the university will never get stuck, the Chief Minister further added.

Mr Kumar said Mr Sen was vexed over the inordinate delay in completion of the work of Nalanda University and taking his concern into …

Bihar CM demands school of economics at Nalanda University !!

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today demanded opening of a school of economics and basic science in Nalanda International University.

''Nalanda international university should have school of economics and basic science and teaching in related subjects,'' he said during a meeting with members of the governing board for the university here.

Earlier the chief minister met board members Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, George Yeo, Susumu Makanishi, Wang Bangwei, Sugata Bose, Tansen Sen, Gopa Sabbaharwal and Lord Meghnad Desai and discussed the future of the university.

State HRD Minister P K Sahi, MP N K Singh, Chief Secretary Navin Kumar, development commissioner A K Sinha and principal secretary to the education department Amarjit Sinha were also present at the meeting.
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Invest in education: Amartya Sen !!

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Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate and chancellor of upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar, said here on Friday it was massive investment in education in the select East Asian nations that not only led to their emergence on the international map, but also helped in the formation of their identity as East Asian giants.

Sen, in this regard, cited the case of Japan which, under the Meji Restoration period, saw a huge investment in elementary education under 'Education for All' programme. As a result, Japan, in early 20th century, was "producing more books than Great Britain, and also twice the number of books produced in the US."

He also said Bangladesh, in recent times, had pumped in a huge sum of money for the promotion of elementary education, even as its growth rate in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) was lower than that of India. The all-round progress witnessed in China in Maoist China before 1979 was also propelled by the push given to its education sector, follow…

Nalanda - World's oldest university recreated !!

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Nalanda: It is the world's oldest university and after centuries, is now set to be recreated. Nalanda in Bihar, a renowned seat of learning and excellence 800 years ago, will soon stand tall again - this time as a truly international university.

The Nalanda International University, a pet project of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, hopes to revive the lost glory of the 4th century university that drew students and scholars from across Asia. The new avatar is also being designed to serve as India's very own centre for conflict resolution, on the lines of the one at Geneva.

A first of its kind in Asia, the university is being funded by India, China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. The university will have seven schools comprising faculty from India and abroad who will impart teaching in courses like science, philosophy, spiritualism and international relations.


Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen, who was appointed as the Chancellor of the university last week, has already announced that t…

Nitish offers land for three more schools in Nalanda University

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Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday offered to give "more land" to the upcoming Nalanda University (NU), if NU chancellor and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen agreed to open three more school of learning -- concerning economics, basic science, and conflict resolution for peace in the world - at the new university that would have global reach and prominent presence in Asia.

"If you need more land for the purpose, we will provide it," Nitish said, adding since the inception of NU, things have begun to move along a path of certainty, as the Centre has begun to take active interest after a phase of initial uncertain steps and has now decided to turn it into a vibrant reality, and in fact, has also taken concrete steps in this regard.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the three-day international seminar on "Civilizational Dialogue between India and ASEAN" organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The CM informed the governing body members…

Nalanda International University won't be stalled: Nitish Kumar

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday expressed confidence that work of Nalanda International University would not get stalled after constitution of Nalanda monitoring committee by the Centre and appointment of Nobel prize winner and economist Amartya Sen as the Chancellor of the university.

With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh specially taking interest and constituting a monitoring committee to oversee the work of Nalanda International University and also after appointment of Amartya Sen as Chancellor, the work of the university will never get stuck, Kumar said while addressing an international seminar organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

"All these are positive signs and even ICCR chairman Karan Singh too has promised to extend all possible help for the university," the Chief Minister said.

He said earlier it had looked otherwise and there were doubts whether the university's work would progress.

Kumar said he had also met the Prime Minister about…

Amartya Sen appointed first chancellor of Nalanda University

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was on Thursday appointed as the first chancellor of the upcoming Nalanda International University in Bihar, an official said.

“Decision to appoint Amartya Sen as first chancellor of the university was taken Thursday in its meeting of the board of governors here,” said the official of the state education department.


The meeting also decided that the process of recruitment of acclaimed and renowned faculty for the university will begin in July 2013 and the academic session of its two schools – historical sciences and environment and ecology – will start from April 2014, the official said.

The university in Bihar’s Nalanda district, about 100 km from here, will be fully residential, like the ancient Nalanda university. It will offer courses in science, philosophy and spiritualism along with social sciences.
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Proposal to shift airport to Nalanda not mine: Nitish Kumar

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Chief minister Nitish Kumar stoutly denied that he was behind the reported move to shift Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport from Patna to Nalanda. He said an airport in Nalanda has been proposed in the light of the terms of reference of the upcoming Nalanda International University, which would require air connectivity.

Talking to media on Monday on the sidelines of 'Janata ke darbar mein mukhya mantri', the CM said he came to know about it during the last week meeting of the monitoring committee for Nalanda University, which has been constituted by the Prime Minister. The chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI), who was also present at the meeting, said an airport could be made there. The committee is headed by Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. "When they take the final decision, we will start land acquisition process between Nalanda and Pawapuri," Nitish said.

About the expansion of the Patna airport, the CM recalled that in 20…