'Nalanda to be revived as Intl seat of learning'

By agencies   |   Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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PATNA: In order to give a new life to the ancient university of Nalanda, the Government of India has proposed an international university in collaboration with select Asian countries. Disclosing this, President A P J Abdul Kalam said, "It’s a great opportunity for Bihar to house a major universal institute of learning that can be a beacon of light for the world."

Listing “Renaissance: Nalanda International University” as one of the ten measures to put Bihar on the road to prosperity by 2015, Kalam said the new university will be known as Bodhgaya Nalanda Indo-Asian Institute of Learning.

He said, “To recapture the past glory in the modern context, in keeping with Buddha's teaching of seeking knowledge in a holistic way, it has been proposed to establish a Bodhgaya Nalanda Indo-Asian Institute of Learning.”

Thought the government support with grants, but a group of professionals from Singapore and India will independently manage the institute. There will also be a provision to add other Asian countries. Kalam said the idea evolved during his recent visit to South East Asia and Singapore had shown keen interest.

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