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Foreign Scholars Keen to Join Nalanda University

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A large number of foreign scholars and teachers are keen to join the upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar as its faculty members, an official said Thursday. The process of appointing faculty for the varsity has begun and 500 applications have been received for the 20 posts that will initially be filled.

"Around 22 percent of the applicants for faculty posts, including professors, assistant professors, are foreign scholars and teachers," Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal said. 500 applications have been received for the 20 posts: Officials The university plans to start with two schools - School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology - by August-September.

"The recruitment is for 20 faculty members posts - 10 in each school," she said. Sabharwal said the recruitment process will be complete by March-end or early April. The university will then advertise for student enrolments. "Initially, only 15 to 20 students will be enrolled in each sc…

Nalanda University Gets Global Status Now

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The Union cabinet today agreed to provide Rs 2,727.10 crore to Nalanda University to meet its financial requirements till 2021-22 and extend tax exemptions to the institution which will ensure it enjoys international status. The decision comes within days of an interview Chancellor Amartya Sen gave to The Telegraph in which he spoke out over bureaucratic hindrances that were holding up the funds. Sen, an economics Nobel laureate, had also raised concerns over attempts by some mandarins in the finance ministry to alter the international character of the institute by questioning the privileges to be accorded to the university and its staff.

The university, coming up near the site of the ancient seat of learning in Nalanda, about 100km from Patna, is scheduled to begin classes in autumn this year.The cabinet had in June last year approved the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013. After it was tabled in the Rajya Sabha, it was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which subm…