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Telhara University's ruins older than Nalanda, Vikramshila !

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The remains of Telhara University, discovered in Bihar, are older than Nalanda and Vikramshila universities, officials said here Sunday.

Bihar's Arts, Culture and Youth Affairs Secretary Anand Kishor said that based on key findings from the excavation, it can be confirmed that Telhara University was older than Nalanda and Vikramshila.

"A team of archaeologists has found four Buddhist monastery seals made of terracotta, bearing the inscriptions - Sri Prathamshivpur Mahavihariyaye Bikshu Sanghas - in Pali language in Nalanda district that indicated the university's real name, which is usually described as Telhara University," Kishor said.

Kishor said Chinese traveller Heuen Tsang visited Telhara in the 7th century AD and he mentioned the university as "Teleadaka" in his narrative.

Kishor told IANS that archaeologists have discovered bricks that were used to lay the ancient university's foundation.

"Bricks' dimension 42x32x6 cm revealed a Kushan, firs…

Nalanda University to launch two more Departments !

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the chancellor of Nalanda University, Wednesday said the university will start two more schools from next year."There is a plan to start two new schools of health care and economics and management from 2015 academic session," Sen told reporters here.

Sen expressed happiness over the revived Nalanda University, renowned as a centre for learning till it was burnt down 800 years ago by the invading Turkish army. "I am happy that it finally happened...," he said.

Sen said the university will provide more opportunities to the students from the poorest of the poor families to move ahead in life.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the revived Nalanda University last month.

The university will be built in Rajgir, 12 km from where the ancient Nalanda University stood till the 12th century.

Classes at the university started with two schools - School of Ecology and Environment Studies and School of Historical Studies - Sep 1 with 1…

Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University

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Back in September, a cadre of prominent Indians, including Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, trouped down to Rajgir, Bihar, to mark the opening of a new university. Given the recent rapid expansion of higher education in India, a nation with almost 700 universities, you’d expect that only some new mega-facility could draw the attention of luminaries. Yet this institution, Nalanda University, boasts less than a dozen faculty members and 15 students, all huddled into the local convention center while their meager campus awaits completion. The new facility has drawn attention as a symbol of national pride and pan-Asian ambition because it’s not really an entirely new facility; it’s an attempt to resurrect an ancient school of higher education—one of the wonders of old India and perhaps the first university in the world—which once stood nearby.        
Nalanda University Seal. Photo by Tabish q/Wikimedia Commons

Ancient Nalanda emerged in the…