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Designs sought for Nalanda University master plan !!

Nalanda University has launched a design competition for foreign architects for the master plan of the varsity's campus and facilities in Bihar.

A statement released by the Consulate General of India yesterday said that the Architectural Design Competition is open to foreign architects and architectural firms registered with the Council of Architectural firms in India.

"Joint ventures between the Indian architects/ architectural firms with foreign architects/ architectural firms can also participate. Successful applicants will be prequalified to participate in a single stage design competition," said the statement.
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CM Nitish Seeks Inclusion of Nalanda Sites in UNESCO List

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today made a strong demand to include Nalanda historical sites in the UNESCO heritage list as had been done for Bodh Gaya.

He demanded the Centre make an earnest effort for inclusion of Nalanda sites in UNESCO list.

"As we are putting sincere efforts for Nalanda University, similar hard work is needed for winning UNESCO status for Nalanda historical sites," Kumar said while addressing a function on release of a book by former chief minister and JD(U) leader Jagannath Mishra here.

Kumar said the UNESCO tag attracts more tourists, particularly foreigners, to a site.

He said the number of foreign tourists visiting Bihar was expected to rise to 10 lakh in 2012 which signals that the state has emerged as a choice of tourists from outside the country.

He said more foreign tourists were coming now to Bihar than Goa. "If we manage to increase 3-4 more international level sites, this number can multiply."

The chief minister also asked the Centre…

Global design competition for Nalanda University !!

Nalanda Global University has launched the much-awaited architectural design competition. It is open to both Indian and foreign firms. The design competition is the first important step towards deciding the masterplan of the varsity. Nalanda University VC Gopa Sabharwal told
HT, that the last day for applying for the design competition is January 8. An expert committee headed by the university advisor, AR Ramanathan, who has had the experience of working for the National Gallery and other big projects, would announce the list on January 22.

“As per the norms of the council of architecture, only those foreign firms can apply, which have a joint venture with an Indian firm,” said Sabharwal, adding that the idea is to have a cutting edge architecture for the university even while keeping its legacy intact.

“The history of Nalanda is central to the design of the university. The competition focuses on the culture of the region, without losing out on any of the modern principles of social and…

Proposed Departments and Schools of Nalanda University

At initial phase of of Nalanda university, These would be major departments:-

    School of Historical Studies    School of Environment and Ecological Studies    School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion    School of Languages and Literature    School of International Religion and Peace Studies    School of Information Sciences and Technology    School of Business Management (Public Policy and Development Studies) Read more:

High Level Meet on the Future of Nalanda International University !!

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday welcomed the core committee of the proposed Nalanda International Committee and held talks on a host of issues and controversies that has besieged the plan causing inordinate delay in its implementation.

Following the announcement of the appointment of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Amartya Sen as the first Vice Chancellor of the proposed university, the Chief Minister hosted a luncheon for Dr. Sen, former Foreign Minister of Singapore George Yo, Lord Meghnad Desai, Prof. Tansen Sen, Dr. Gopa Sabarwal, Member of the Parliament N. K. Singh, Prof. Sugata Bose, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Education Minister P. K. Shahi, and other dignitaries at his residence on Anie Marg.

During the meeting that lasted nearly six hours, it was decided that the university will become fully functional from 2014 and the selection for the appointment of teachers would begin from July 2013.

Later talking to the reporters, Dr. Sen said that initially the Sch…

Now, Bihar 7th on list of tourist arrivals !!

Bihar ranked seventh among 10 states of the country in receiving the highest number of foreign tourists last year. The states ahead of it in the list include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Buddhist sites like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh
Gaya, the ruins of ancient Nalanda University and the Stupa at Vaishali, which yielded Lord Buddha’s relic, have remained hot favourites among tourists, particuarly from the Buddhist countries.

Besides, the recently launched cruise tourism in river Ganga, too, has also attracted a number of foreign tourists from Germany, UK and France.

Enthused by the trend, tourism minister Sunil Kumar Pintu said, “Take a look at the footfall of foreign tourists in the state. A ministry of tourism report says, one out of six foreign tourists is heading towards Bihar to visit our historical sites. It also says, that the state received more holidayers from abroad than Goa, which is considered the hotspot among foreigners due to i…