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Intl university at Nalanda to seek approval at Scholars Summit

February 22, 2009

Indiaedunews.net
February 21, 2009

Patna: The Nalanda Mentor Group (NMG), headed by Nobel laureate Amartya
Sen that is overseeing the opening of an international university in
Nalanda in Bihar, will submit its report at the fifth East Asian
Scholars Summit (EAS).

"The report will be helpful for the centre to take suitable measures to
draft an international agreement by member countries of the EAS. The
report will also be helpful to identify the role and responsibilities
and funding mechanism towards the establishment of Nalanda University,"
said Amartya Sen.

An 11-member NMG team along with Amartya Sen recently visited the site
for the varsity.

The internal process of passing the Bill through Parliament to recognize
the international status of the university at Nalanda will be undertaken
by the Centre.

An agreement to elaborate the roles in administrative affairs of the
varsity including the grants will also be inked among the Centre, Bihar
government and the Nalanda University.

The idea of the university was first mooted in the late 1990s but it was
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's initiative in early 2006 that gave shape
to the project, which is to come up at the ancient site of Buddhist
learning.
Former President Kalam will be offered the post of visitor in the
proposed university.

The proposed university will be fully residential, like the ancient
Nalanda seat of learning. In the first phase, seven schools with 46
foreign faculty members and over 400 Indian academics will be established.

The university will have courses in science, philosophy and spiritualism
along with other subjects. A renowned international scholar will be its
chancellor.

Nalanda is the Sanskrit term for giver of knowledge. Nalanda University,
which existed until 1197 AD, attracted students and scholars from Korea,
Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey, besides being a
pedestal of higher education in India. The excavated site of the ancient
university is protected as a place of national importance.
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