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Classes Begin in Nalanda University, After Over 800 Years !!

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After a break that lasted about 800 years, classes began today at the Nalanda University in Bihar with 15 students.

The  ancient Nalanda University, which  functioned from 413 AD to 1193 AD, was renowned internationally as a centre of learning and attracted research scholars from all over the world.  It was destroyed in the 12th century by an invading Turkish army.

For now, classes are being held at a conference centre about 100 kms from the state capital of Patna, but in about three years, the university will move to Rajgir, 12 kms from where the original once stood proud.

The revival of the university was mooted by former president APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006.

From over 1,000 applicants, just 15 have been accepted so far for two disciplines - Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology.  Defending the tiny student population,  Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal said, "We are a research university and we wanted only the best."

"I think this university will offer …