The decision was taken on Monday in New Delhi by a high-power jury set to finalise the architectural design.
The jury included former chief planner of Singapore town Liu Thai Ker, Professor Osamu and Ishiyama of Japan University, Li Xiaodong of Tsinghua University (China) and Neelkanth Chhaya of CEPT University (Ahmedabad).
“All eight shortlisted models were invited. After a comprehensive scrutiny, the jury opted the model of Vastu shilpa Consultants,” Dr Gopa Sabharwal, vice chancellor of Nalanda University said.
The university is set to come up on 446 acres of land in Rajgir, 10 km from the site of the ancient university in Nalanda. The university will be fully residential, like the ancient Nalanda University. The project took shape in 2006 at the initiative of the then President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The ancient university at Nalanda was home to over 10,000 students and nearly 2,000 teachers. It existed until 1197 and attracted students and scholars from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey.