After eight centuries, the ancient Nalanda University of Bihar begins today again, as the newly established campus at Rajgir starts taking classes.
The idea was proposed by the former President and the ‘Missile Man of India’ APJ Abdul Kalam during his joint session of Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council way back in 2006.
The Nalanda University (NU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal said, “We will have a low-key launch with classes for the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and the School of Historical Studies beginning at 9 AM today. Right now there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus”.
The VC added, “We have decided to have a big function when Mrs Swaraj visits NU on September 14. By that time things will settle down and the media glare will also decrease to some extent”.
The classes had begun on the small notes as the officials wanted the teachers and the students to settle down.
“More than a thousand students from various countries across the globe had applied for the seven schools on different subjects that will function at the university, of which only 15, including one each from Japan and Bhutan, were selected”.
The campus will be spread over 455 acres, about 12 km aside to the ancient university.