As one of the first Schools of the University, it started with only eight students in the pioneering batch of its Masters’ programme in 2014. The number of students in subsequent batches in 2015, 2016 and 2017 were 34, 35 and 28 respectively. Next year (2019), we propose to initiate our Doctoral programme.

Our students

  • come from everywhere, with representation so far from six countries in Asia and Africa (foreign students constitute 16% of our student population) and more than 15 States in India;

  • come from every academic discipline, including Engineering, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (pie chart);

  • have a fair share of those (20% to be precise) with work experience, typically in technical, managerial, media and civil society;

  • have a healthy gender balance (48% are women);

  • often (>50%) receive financial aid of one kind or another (there are special schemes for overseas students and students from economically weaker sections);

  • gain internship experience in diverse government, non-profit, corporate, consulting and academic institutions in India and abroad;

  • identify career opportunities in academia, government, non-profit and for-profit enterprises;

  • believe it is a life-changing experience (feedback data).

Machane Daniel says “My quest for seeking global peace was found in this faraway, enchanting place, which veritably brings me closer to the ethos of Nalanda University. It is an honour to be a part of this grand vision.”

Sana Salah says, “The programmes at Nalanda University engage in interdisciplinary modes of learning and aim to be an excellent centre of knowledge in the near future; the university harnesses the finest talents in South Asia and the world for the conception and dissemination of new knowledge. This is what attracted me here.”

Jyothirmayee Kandula says, “The interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies at NU is unique to universities in India.”

Our Masters’ program

  • follows a broad and flexible curriculum, providing for breadth of knowledge in year 1 and depth of knowledge in year 2;

  • trains our students in multiple disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches effective in addressing contemporary real-life problems;

  • allows students to explore latent interests, while equipping them with strong academic skills;

  • actively encourages classroom participation, independent thinking, critical analysis and scholarly debates through a structured process;

  • has extensive experiential learning opportunities through field visits, group projects, case studies, independent term papers, internships, individual dissertations and outreach initiatives;

  • has seen the successful conduct of three major field visits (wetland, forest and mangrove ecosystems) and over 45 short excursions in the neighbourhood, over the past three years;

  • offers 9 compulsory and over 25 elective courses that are based on the research interests of the faculty members;

Our faculty members

  • are all full-time residents who provide close mentorship and supervision to our students;

  • are continuously increasing in terms of number and diversity of expertise (the current teacher- student ratio is 1:8);

  • regularly interact with peers in global conferences and seminars, such as

  • are building research collaborations with

  • are engaging with government, civil society and businesses as well;

  • have invited international guest speakers from Harvard University, University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign), SOAS, University College London, Kansas State University, Kwazulu Natal, Stanford University, Houston, Kyoto, Singapore, Wellington etc.

  • have invited local guest speakers from IIT, CII, IIM, NEERI, etc.

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