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Nalanda University has huge potential to Integrate Asian Countries-"United Asia" !!

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No one should underestimate the potential benefits of this Nalanda University revival project to Asia, or the influence it could have on Asia’s role in the world, or the revolutionary impact it could make on global higher education.

Americans are used to thinking about the rising powers of Asia — China, India, South Korea and even some of the smaller countries — primarily as formidable economic competitors. In the case of Beijing, we also recognize the potential for superpower political and military status. But there are at least two questions that are key to Asia’s future that we do not generally ask.

First, for all the talk about the rise of Asia in the “knowledge age” that we live in, are these countries ultimately constrained in their potential to be great nations by their lack of top-flight systems of higher education?

And second, is the Asian region any more than a series of nation-states obsessed with guarding their sovereignty — and do they have the ability to interact peacef…

A 21st century plan for ancient Nalanda University !!

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An ancient Buddhist centre of study in India founded in the fifth century is looking forward to a new lease of life.The Nalanda University near Patna, the capital of Bihar state, was hailed "one of the first great universities in recorded history". It provided training in fine arts, science, medicine and other disciplines during its heyday before it was destroyed in 1197.

NUS is part of an international consortium headed by Singapore to revive the university. A group of architecture undergraduates have drafted a masterplan for the old learning centre earmarked for rebuilding in the next few years.

The team met with researchers, academics and diplomats at the Nalanda-Siriwijaya Centre in NUS recently to present and discuss "The Nalanda University: A Mother Plan for the 21st Century Campus". Their design concept of the 180-hectare site is a balance between the old and the new, based on self-sustainability. It focuses on farming for food while embracing the contributio…

India's ancient Nalanda university returns to life !!

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It was an eminent centre of learning long before Oxford, Cambridge and Europe's oldest university Bologna were founded.

Nalanda University in northern India drew scholars from all over Asia, surviving for hundreds of years before being destroyed by invaders in 1193.

The idea of Nalanda as an international centre of learning is being revived by a group of statesmen and scholars led by the Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen,

The group wants to establish a new world-class residential university with top students and researchers from around the world, on a site close to ruins of the ancient Buddhist institution in the Indian state of Bihar.

The new Nalanda International University will focus on the humanities, economics and management, Asian integration, sustainable development and oriental languages.
Old foundations

But building a top university from scratch, let alone one in a poor under-developed part of India, is a tall order.

Some doubt that an international university c…

Indian Cabinet nod for privileges to Nalanda University

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The Nalanda University in Bihar and its academic staff will soon get privileges and immunities required for efficient functioning and recruit talent from across the world.

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last evening, approved the proposal of signing of a headquarters agreement between the Ministry of External Affairs and Nalanda University.

"This agreement would confer on the University and members of its academic staff privileges and immunities considered necessary to provide an overall framework for the efficient functioning and operation of the University, and allow it to obtain talent from across the globe," Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here.

The agreement would allow the host country to take necessary steps to protect the University premises against any intrusion or damage and facilitate the work of the University, to be headquartered at Nalanda.

The University, its assets, its income and other property shall be ex…

Grand revival of Nalanda University by Vastu Shilpa Consultants

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Along-distance relationship between Gujarat and Bihar is brewing. Not many know about it yet. But, it is only some time before it promises to incite interest in one and all. The link for this alliance is architect Rajeev Kathpalia of Vastu Shilpa Consultants who is quietly studying drawings at his Sangath office, on the busy Drive In stretch in Ahmedabad, these days.


These drawings will take form as buildings at the Nalanda University (NU) campus in Bihar, a place that will buzz with knowledge and ideas to form a character par excellence.

BIG WIN, BIGGER TASK

Being chosen to design the prestigious NU lends a “sense of responsibility because someone from India (himself) has been awarded to design this project of international appeal.” Being culturally rooted has its gain, too.

“If it is for something that must celebrate Indian character, it would yield best results if planned and executed by an Indian.” “It does feel proud to see an international jury select someone local, and that gives …