Yale Univ likely to mentor Nalanda University !!

One of the most prestigious global institutions Yale University may assist India's ambitious plans to revive Nalanda University, the ancient seat of higher learning in Bihar. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) is in talks with the Ivy League university which will initially mentor the proposed varsity's first department - a school of environmental studies, government sources confirmed to a major daily.

"We may then seek to extend this cooperation," a senior official said.

Though no formal MoU has been signed between India and Yale yet, the American university is ready to assist in the project.

"We are happy to extend our support to this project, about which we are in touch with the Indian government," said George Joseph, assistant secretary for international affairs at Yale, the first university in the world that had a school of environmental sciences.

Nalanda International University is being built by India in collaboration with China, Japan and Singapore, countries that have also contributed funding for the project.

For Yale, the tie up represents the latest in a series of steps to increase its footprint in India. The university runs annual leadership programmes for Indian MPs.
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