The Academic Spine is spanning in the North-South direction of the Campus. It houses around 25 various capacity classrooms (25-seater to 100-seater) to accommodate 1360 students at a time; meeting and discussion rooms, Faculty Offices, Laboratories, a 100-seater Mini-Auditorium, offices of the Controller of Examinations, and International Relations, etc. In the Southern side of the spine the Sushma Swaraj Auditorium (300-seater) is situated followed by two guest houses namely, Campus Inn and International Center.
The University Library
The Central Library’s six storeyed building is shaped as a hemi-spherical stupa, with a built-up area of 17,545 square meters is envisioned to provide state-of-the-art facilities, houses contemplative spaces for studying, writing, communicating, tutoring centers, presentation and seminar rooms with access to video conferencing and podcasting facilities, art galleries, archival section and music room, cafés, student and faculty lounges, etc. Having an outer radius of 81 meters at base and the crowning height of 26 meters, is probably the biggest stupa shaped building in the world.
The outdoor and indoor cafeteria are situated beside the landscaped garden of Campus Inn Guest House and Sushma Swaraj Auditorium. The snacks, savouries, sweets, coffee, tea, juices, beverages and mini- meals are served since 10:00 in morning to 7:00 in evening.
Shopping Complex and Arcade
A shopping complex with a food court and shops selling essential provisions and standard products, is situated near Kamal Sagar quadrant, which is a live spot for pleasant shopping inside the campus. Facilities of banking and other needed daily utilities are comfortably at hand. The adjoining Shopping Arcade is an upgraded market space for exhibition-cum-sale showrooms offering merchandise for shoppers.
The grand amphitheatre with a capacity of around 2000 spectators is situated amidst the central part of the Kamal Sagar. The surrounding huge water body gives the audience an extravagant picturesque view in the backdrop of the stage. There are 11 other circular amenity modules nearby.
Rounded halls with an emerging flattened dome ceiling are particularly designed for the practical meditation sessions and chanting. These are unique for the experiential learning as well as for the practice of peaceful life-style.
Open-air roundel theatres
The several open-air roundel theatres are used as pleasant spaces for lectures, discussions, enacting or demonstration. These environment-friendly open-to-sky spaces are purposeful, as often desirable for breaking the monotony and formalism of the regular classrooms and conducting engaging class-talks.
The Yoga Complex
Set among the greens, the Yoga-cum-Meditation Centre is ground plus one floor circular building with a built-up area of 4186 square meters with a conical-spherical dome. The ground floor is a 500 capacity multipurpose hall, and the first floor is the Yoga studio with 266 yoga-mats capacity. A VIP annexe lounge facility is connected with the Yoga hall through a sky bridge. Remarkably designed halls are free of any obstructions of pillars.
The Indoor Sports Stadium complex has all facilities for the sports like Volley ball, Badminton, Squash, Basketball, Billiards, Chess, Carom etc. It has an air-conditioned gymnasium with all required exercising equipment, including commercial treadmills, cross-runners, spin-bike machines for cardiovascular activities, various weight training equipment, namely, chest-presses, leg-presses, lat-pulldown, leg extension hack squat, Pec Dec Fly, Smith machine, adjustable benches, Abs coaster machine , etc.
Outdoor Sports Stadium complex with athletic track
A flood-lit high-quality outdoor stadium facilitating sports like football, hockey and athletic events, with the quality artificial track laid down for racing, is a charm of the campus. Adjoining is the Cricket pitch as cricket is a popular outdoor game in the campus.
The campus combined state-of-the-art technologies with planning principles of the ancient Nalanda, in order to create a carbon neutral and zero waste campus. Some of the most important and indigenous aspects and palette of concepts for passive methods operating at different scales are – 6.5 Megawatt Solar PV captive power plant, 1.2 Megawatt Biogas plant, Desiccant Evaporative (DEVAP) technology for cooling/heating of the buildings, Solar integrated thermal storage technology for HVAC system, use of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB) instead of kiln burnt clay bricks, thick cavity walls to increase thermal resistance, Decentralized Water Treatment (DeWAT) systems, cooling and cleaning of the air through use of selected native plants, climate appropriate landscape design to reduce potable water demand, and application of Building Management System, etc.
Access to the University Campus
Entry into the University campus is restricted for visitors due to reasons of security. The administrative office considers to allow those persons who furnish some legitimate purpose or invitation to visit the campus, also with a satisfactory proof of identity. A visit pass is then issued to the visitor by the Security.
Kamal Sagar – The Central Water-body
Like early historic settlements, a lake forms the central space of the campus. Kamal Sagar, the man-made lake with four quadrants was created after careful analysis of the terrain and flooding pattern of the site and is fed by a network of storm water channels for rain water harvesting. The Kamal Sagar holds a pride position in the net-zero campus of Nalanda University.