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About Nalanda University

Located in the town of Rajgir, in the northern Indian state of Bihar, Nalanda is a postgraduate, research intensive, international university supported by the participating countries of the East Asia Summit. The University came into being on November 25, 2010 by a special Act of the Indian Parliament and has been designated as an “institution of national importance”.

Nalanda is inspired by the academic excellence and global vision of its historic predecessor and aspires to meet and set global standards of academic excellence and research and enable capacity building in all areas of higher learning. The University is being supported by all the Member States of the East Asia Summit and Intergovernmental Memorandums of Understanding to that effect have been signed by 17 countries.

The University seeks to recover the lost connections and partnerships that existed in the region called Asia, before the onset of historical forces that led to their dissolution. Asian cultures have multiple links that go deep into the past and are reflected in a variety of common cultural features. The re-discovery of inter-Asian linkages in recent times has led to a resurgence in discovering and building upon a shared history. Nalanda University is envisaged as an icon of this new Asian renaissance: a creative space that will be for future generations a centre of inter- civilizational dialogue.

Architectural rendering of proposed campus


Nalanda University contains within it a memory of the ancient Nalanda University and is premised on the shared desire of member States of the East Asia Summit countries to re-discover and re-strengthen "educational co-operation by tapping the East Asia Regions centres of excellence in education…[and] to improve regional understanding and the appreciation of one another's heritage and history".

History and Revival

Nalanda is a word known across the world for a university which attracted students and scholars from across Asia and even farther away. It was a centre of excellence not only for Buddhist studies and philosophy but for medicine and mathematics as well. After teaching thousands of students for centuries, Nalanda ceased its existence just as universities were opening up in Bologna, Paris and Oxford at the beginning of the second millennium CE.

International Linkages

The University has academic collaborations with Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Peking University (China), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI, India), European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF, France), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Netherlands) and many others.

Prof Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor Nalanda University with Prof Iwan Pranoto, Education and Cultural Attache to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on June 5, 2017 in a meeting to discuss linkages with Indonesia


An illustrious group of intellectuals and academicians are at the helm of Nalanda University. The University is governed by a Board and is directed by academic and administrative leaders who include the Vice Chancellor, the Deans, and Directors. Together, they ensure the fulfillment of the University’s mission, uphold its core values, and manage its operations and academic affairs.

External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State Shri M.J. Akbar with Chancellor Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Vice Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh and other Governing Board Members of Nalanda University

Pic of corridor at Nalanda University’s Interim Campus

Offices and Administration

The University presently operates out of an interim Campus in Rajgir. The Administrative Offices are located at the interim campus in Rajgir. The University also has an outreach office located in Central Delhi in Lodhi Estate.

Located in rural Bihar - natural, pollution free environs coupled with an enviable historical legacy

A Secular, International University that is worthy of the name "Nalanda"

The Concept behind the Nalanda University Logo

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The logo illustrates the central idea of Nalanda, as articulated in "The Nalanda Way" – "man living in harmony with man, man living in harmony with nature, and man living as part of nature".

  • Man living in harmony with man will be advanced in part through study of the humanities.
  • Man living in harmony with nature recognizes the importance of studying and furthering the sciences.
  • Man living as part of nature is predicated on creating a community that harmonizes with its local environment.

As a graphic, this logo is a "rebus" or visual pun. On the one hand, it depicts a tree, which is significant as a symbol of nature, significant because of the Bodhi tree's importance to the story of Nalanda, and significant because the tree is a metaphor for life and of giving. On the other hand, it shows interlinked figures of the people who have come together to create this new university.

In depicting the interlinking of different stakeholders, the logo thereby exemplifies what is unique about this university – it results from the coming together of different countries, of people across geographies who are working together to create a new institution. It emphasizes a different aspect of globalization: the exchange of ideas and people to expand learning and culture.

The visual treatment is clearly Asian in its expression, and it is unique in that it does not resemble any other logo. Derived from the DNA of the university, and drawn using classic and timeless design principles rather than a language that is trendy today but will be dated tomorrow, the logo promises to endure.

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