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Ancient Nalanda University revived

File photo of ancient Nalanda University.Photo by:Special Arrangement  

Classes opened on Monday at the >Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar, after a break of over 800 years with 15 students, its vice chancellor said.

“We have formally started the academic session of >Nalanda University Monday morning in the International Convention Centre at the Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir,” Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabhrawal said.

Rajgir is about 100 km from Patna. Sabhrawal said the ancient Nalanda University functioned from 413 AD to 1193 AD.

Classes for the School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology have started for the first session 2014-15.

She said there was an introduction session for students as well as faculty members as it was the first day of the classes, revived after over eight centuries.

“We have completed the first step towards a big mission for revival of ancient Nalanda university. Now more hard work has to be done for it,” she said.

Sabhrawal said that the launch of the academic session of the university was a low key affair because the formal inauguration would take place in mid-September after formal opening by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who will be chief guest, and university will also invite ambassadors of the East Asian countries. She said that till now 15 students have been enrolled in the university and more will be enrolled in coming days as the process of their application scrutiny and interview is still on. “ >We strongly hope that more foreign students will join the university because our thrust is research along with study,” Sabhrawal said.

The formal inauguration is expected in mid-September, Sabhrawal said.IANS

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