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 School of Historical Studies and the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies would start operating. Each school will have up to 100 students and 13 highly-qualified teachers whose pay scale would be comparable to those teaching under SARC guidelines, he said.

Construction for the university campus would begin in 2013.

Kumar told the committee to ensure the university also offered courses in economics and basic science.

The visitors later had dinner hosted by ADRI Secretary Shaibal Gupta at his residence.
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