Nalanda University’s Press Releases

04th December 2021: Nalanda University Hosts the Gen-Next Democracy Delegation from Bhutan

The Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme delegation from Bhutan visited the Nalanda University yesterday. Their visit at Nalanda University was organized to provide an overview of India’s democratic traditions, cultural heritage and development initiatives to young emerging leaders of seventy-five democracies on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

The four-member delegation team consisted of Mr. Ngwang Gyltshen, Mr. Pashupati Diyali, Ms. Sonam Yangden and Ms.Tshering Denkar who are influential youth figures of Bhutan’s in the field of art, music and literature. Afternoon all the delegates were welcomed at the newly built campus of Nalanda University. The delegation had a virtual address by Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University where she talked about the importance of the resurgence of Nalanda, its international character and developing its interconnectedness with the world through the knowledge route. The strong cultural interconnection between India and Bhutan was emphasised in her address. The delegation also had a detailed interaction with faculty members. A presentation about the University architectural design and the concept of Net-Zero was given the university engineering team. The delegates commended the University’s initiative about the academic programs and the Vice Chancellors contribution for developing the infrastructure of the University.

The delegates were taken to the auditorium of the university where they had an interaction with Bhutanese Students. The delegation was also given a guided campus tour where they were briefed about the specifics of architecture and planning of the new Nalanda University and its connectedness with the ancient one.

This delegation expressed their interest in the university initiatives and also explored the possibilities of academic tie-ups in the future. They appreciated the unprecedented soft and hard infrastructures that has been built in the university and called it exemplary.

29th October 2021: “Nalanda University stands as a symbol of inclusion, harmony, peace, knowledge, inspiration, creativity and innovation", says MoS for External Affairs and Education

Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh has been on his two-day visit to Nalanda University. He inaugurated the newly built Teaching Block of Nalanda University today. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University briefed him about the academic activities and the ongoing development works of the university.  

Addressing the programme held at the auditorium, the Honourable Minister said, “Nalanda has been the land of enlightenment whose predecessors have championed the mindfulness and middle path.  

Honourable Minister commended Vice Chancellor for her extraordinary spirit and energy by remarking that she exemplifies the true “Bharatiya Nari-Shakti”. He said that the modern Nalanda, should strive to produce thought leaders – whose thoughts and reasoning will guide humanity into the future. This will be a gift to the world. 

He expressed his delight to see the huge infrastructure of university coming up. Its architectural design reflects the ancient Nalanda University. It is very aptly matched with modern utilities the University has designed and the campus is aiming for a total “net zero emission” status. 

He added that Nalanda University envisages revival of India as a preeminent education hub. 

Honourable Minister said that at this hour of inter twined destinies arising from inter-linkages, institutions of knowledge such as Nalanda can play a critical role in promoting understanding and promoting mindfulness.”  Nalanda University stands as a symbol of “inclusion, harmony, peace, knowledge, inspiration, creativity and innovation”. He hoped that Nalanda University will be forerunner in this. He stated that the participation of students from various countries enriches the Nalanda experience that can be used to create knowledge ecosystem to contribute to the betterment of humanity. 

The Honourable Minister visited the various buildings and newly built amenity centres of the University along with his delegation. University officials and academics were present with him to give a guided tour around the various recently built schools and centres of the University.  

There was also a tree plantation ceremony organised by the university to mark the visit of the Honourable Minister. The commitment of Nalanda university towards sustainable energy, nature conservation and waste management has been in alignment with the Jan, Jeevan, Hariyali slogan of the Government of Bihar.  

In the evening, at the mini auditorium of the university, an enriching cultural program was organised by the students of the university which showcased the vibrant multicultural diversity of the university campus. It is notable that the university has students from 30 plus nationalities. 

Addressing the gathering Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University said“For centuries Nalanda was a centre of learning which attracted scholars from all over Asia and became a symbol of intra-Asia wisdom and interaction. Today Nalanda is emerging as a beacon of hope, knowledge, wisdom and security for globalized world.. 

This visit of the Honourable Minister also marks the endeavour and support of the Government of India towards the revival of the ancient Nalanda wisdom tradition as a symbol of Asian resurgence. 

27th October 2021: Nalanda University Welcomes Hon’ble MoS External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh

Nalanda University, in its new avatar, is all-set to welcome Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education on 28th October 2021. Dr Singh will be on a two day visit to the University to see the progress made of this unique project which is very close to the hearts of both the Union Government and the State Government. Eight centuries after its destruction, the ‘Bhagirath Prayas’ of Professor Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, under the guidance and enormous support of Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs and Shri Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, Nalanda University has become the largest ‘Net-Zero Campus’.

A sprawling campus of 455 acre located at the picturesque foot hills of Rajgir was gifted by the Shri Nitish Kumar with a vision not only to revive the glorious tradition of creating knowledge society but also to showcase harmony with nature through his mantra of “Jan, Jeevan, Hariyali”. Nalanda shows the way that with innovative approach, guided by our ancient Indian indigenous energy models, a sustainable campus can be built. Consistent efforts and hard work of Professor Singh has set an example to be emulated. 80 percent of the construction work is already complete in just three years. In addition to developing hard infrastructure, the university has scaled up soft infrastructure as well with six schools and 12 academic programmes. With an aim to overcome energy crisis and to protect our environment for future generation, approximately 200 Net-Zero Energy Buildings are on the verge of completion. More importantly, despite devastating implications of Covid-19, the university continued its academic programme and construction works, making it one of the most diverse campus with 30 plus nationalities at the campus, and completed all courses timely.

Given the fact that the university is under the aegis of MEA, the visit of Minister Singh becomes more significant as he himself is educationist and a great advocate of ‘harmony with nature’ and innovative approach. The minister visit will not only boost the energy of diverse population of students, but will also provide an opportunity for Team Nalanda to evaluate the progress and chart the course of action for the future. It also displays commitment of the Indian Government and the MEA towards renewal of this ancient seat of learning. Nalanda University demonstrates a carbon neutral and zero-waste campus model which can be emulated by many. Being a nodal agency for connecting with academic institutions of ASEAN countries through ASEAN-India Network of Universities, Nalanda University will play an important role in India’s ‘Act East’ policy. Dr RK Ranjan Singh’s visit is the first ministerial visit to the campus in its new avatar.

25 Sep 2021: 'Where the World Comes Together': The Resonance Fest Conducted at Nalanda University

‘Resonance’, cultural festival, held at Nalanda University. Students from more than 30 countries enrolled in the university were part of this culture extravaganza. ‘The Resonance – Where the World Comes Together’ was the theme of this cultural event. The program was organized in association with the Students Affairs division of the University.

The event was inaugurated with the Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh lighting the lamp. This was followed by the Buddhist chanting done by a group of students from Vietnam. The group chanted ‘Nilakantha Dharani’, a Sanskrit Buddhist mantra in Vietnamese tradition. There were a series of programs that included Indonesian songs from a group of students from Indonesia, dances performed by the students from Bhutan, Myanmar, Uganda and Jamaica, recitation of Persian poetry by a student from Iran. Programs from Indian students included poetry recitation, story-telling and performance of classical music and film songs as well.


Through the song and dance performances of their respective countries, the students tried to present the uniqueness of the cultural heritage of their land. The inter-cultural exchanges were also reflected in the program when a Bhutanese student mesmerized the audience by her beautiful rendition of a Hindi song. During this event a student from Iran recited mystical verses of Jalaluddin Rumi and highlighted the influence of Indian Sufi tradition on the culture of his country. A few faculty members of the university also enthralled the audience with their performances during the event. The highlight of the program was the inclusion of students and the cultures of 30 plus countries on one platform.


The program concluded with Prof. Sunaina Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, addressing the gathering. She stressed on the role of culture in building the character and all around development of students. She also reminded the teachers of their responsibility in developing the scholarship and character building of the students. Prof. Singh thanked the students and all the people associated with this event for this wonderful bouquet of cultural extravaganza. She also awarded prizes to the sportspersons of the University who were winners in the sports competitions recently organized by the University. The program concluded with a group song which had the message to save the planet earth.

After the relaxation of the covid-19 restrictions, this was the first cultural program that was organized in the University. The program was organized in the Mini Auditorium of the University. The organizers of the program ensured the adherence to the guidelines related to COVID-19.

24 Sep 2021: ‘From Buddha to Nagarjuna’: Nalanda University SBSPCR Distinguished Lecture Series

Under the SBSPCR Distinguished Lecture Series of the Nalanda University Dr. Godabarisha Mishra, a Visiting Professor from IIT, Bhubaneshwar delivered two-day lectures on the theme of Indian Philosophy and its connections with contemporary times. This lectures were held on 22nd and 23rd September at the mini auditorium of the university. 

In the Distinguished Lecture Series program some outstanding academicians and scientists are invited to deliver their talks that bring their unique vision and path breaking research to the community of scholars and researchers at Nalanda University. Through these lectures, students of Nalanda are being exposed to a diverse field of studies and research that is happening across world. 

The speaker invited for lecture series this month was Professor Godabarisha Mishra who is an eminent scholar of Hindu and Buddhist Philosophy. He has been former head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras. He has also served as former secretary of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK. 

In his lectures, Prof. Mishra highlighted the aspects of Indian systems of treatises (Shastras) and their relevance in modern days. He also emphasised upon the mythological diverging methods of the Indian intellectual system of discernment and the western approach for it. On the first day of the lecture series, Prof. Mishra pointed out the difference between the Sanskrit word Darshana and its equivalent English term Philosophy. Discussions and deliberations followed his lecture with a focus on the uniqueness of Indian viewpoint on metaphysical questions and why the philosophy of India has not been recognized on a par with Western philosophy before India’s independence. 

The second lecture outlined the historical progress of Indian philosophy – from Gautama Buddha to Nagarjuna. During this talk, Prof. Mishra described how Gautama-Buddha infused a sense of rationality into Indian philosophical tradition over the Vedic orthodoxy and how this tradition of the Dhamma carried forward by Buddhist philosophers such as Nagarjuna which later developed as the scholastic tradition of Nalanda. 

The teachers and students of the university actively participated in this two-day lecture series. Under the visionary leadership of Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunaina Singh, Nalanda University is organising a series of events that include heritage walk, museum visits and scholarly interactive sessions with a vision of holistic appreciation and conservation of intangible and tangible heritage of India and the world. The Schools of Historical Studies, Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions, Ecology & Environment Studies, Languages & Literature/Humanities, and Management Studies of the University are actively engaged in this endeavour. 

February 10, 2021: Nalanda Contributes growth and well-being of farmers in Bihar

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh inaugurated seven aquifer storage and recovery pits created by Nalanda University in the villages of Meyar and Nekpur. This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR). The recharge pits were created for the farmers as the winter advances, the ground water level depletes leading to water scarcity and crop failure in this region.

The innovative research was developed by Ecology and Environment Studies experts on water management in the last two years, was translated into seven aquifer storage and recovery pits. Due to this innovative method and mechanism, the water levels increased from 30 feet to 15 feet. Prof. Singh highlighted how education and knowledge should translate into well-being of the community. She encouraged University faculty to pursue researches on Climate Change, Natural Calamity, Flood Control Systems, etc. which would be significant for the lives of the people.

She also spoke about keeping Hon’ble Prime Minister vision of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, research with a view to create a water bank for the community by the Nalanda University. The concerned villagers attended in a big number and appreciated the Vice Chancellor’s initiative and applauded such efforts towards their community. The farmers mentioned about chemicals and fertilizers removal by the recharge pits constructed at the village and may also improve the water scarcity problems.

This project is a model of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) technology using floodwaters to provide an opportunity for farmers to raise their income. A model for implementation, including awareness, local capacity and chain of facilities, will be available in a manual to ensure the sustainability of the technology and wider adoption in the region in areas with similar hydrological characteristics.

The state of Bihar is especially vulnerable to floods and droughts, often leading to significant disruption in agriculture – the mainstay of people’s life and property. South Bihar has the potential to emerge as one of the major agricultural hubs of eastern India. During the winter, crops like wheat are particularly at risk due to depletion of groundwater, which has emerged as a major source of irrigation in recent years particularly in the view of erratic monsoonal rains. Ensuring reliable irrigation sources is one of the key challenges for sustaining agriculture in South Bihar. ASR projects can provide innovative support to sustainable intensification of small-holder farmers by creating an underground water bank, build resilience to climate change, and raise incomes from agriculture and allied activities.

The pilot project in Rajgir has demonstrated the feasibility of ASR in both hard rock and deep alluvial aquifers, the prominent aquifer types in the marginal alluvial plains of South Bihar and elsewhere. Successful implementation of ASR in these two villages can augment usable water resources for agriculture during the winter cropping season. More importantly, ASR can adapt to local circumstances and challenges under changing climatic conditions.

The project team led by Dr. Prabhakar Sharma was present on the occasion. Faculty members, officials, and the students from the University participated in the programme.

February 8, 2021: Ram Madhav on “India and the Contours of the New World” at Nalanda University

Shri Ram Madhav, a prominent thought leader and political thinker delivered a distinguished talk on “India and the Contours of the New World” at Nalanda University. Post-Covid world today is emerging largely into hetero-polar world order and the institutions like Nalanda University that are striving towards excellence have an important role in placing India as a formidable force in such a world, said Shri Ram Madhav. He also drew attention to the growing impact of non-state institutions like Facebook, Twitter etc. that are playing active role on par with the nation-state. Emphasizing on attaining academic excellence as part of the efforts for the consolidation of national strength, Shri Ram Madhav said that new concerns like climate change, energy security, health care, technology, cyber space etc., are emerging as new agendas globally. He also said that China is not merely emerging as an economic superpower of the present world order, but is trying to shape a new world order, about which one should be sensitive to. He sketched out a possible road map for atma nirbhar India to move ahead in such a scenario.

Shri Ram Madhav also appreciated the efforts of the Vice Chancellor for her diligent efforts in building Nalanda University campus infrastructure and framing its academic architecture in tune with the contemporary vistas of knowledge.

Prof. Ramesh Chandra Sinha, Chairperson, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, presided over the session. Concurring with the talk, Prof. Sinha said that if a new world order emerges, it should ground itself on atma bodh (self-realisation), a value which Buddha’s India has gifted to the world.

Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, giving the concluding remarks emphasized that new structures that are emerging as part of the new world order, if turned constructive and positive, can be huge assets. She also said that action oriented development and reflection on growth are significant. Every faculty, each student has a responsibility towards nation, as well as towards their own fields of scholarship

Prof. Sukhbir Singh offered a preview of Ram Madhav’s recent book Because India Comes First: Reflections on Nationalism, Identity and Culture’ (2020) to the audience. Prof. Anand Singh welcomed the dignitaries. Deans, Registrar, Finance Officer, teaching and non-teaching staff and students of the University were present. Faculty from Nav Nalanda Mahavihar, Officials from CRPF Rajgir, also attended the programme.

February 5, 2021: Vice chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh felicitated for transforming Nalanda University

Keeping all the Covid-19 guidelines, a felicitation ceremony has been organized by the Deans of the Schools in the Mini Auditorium, Nalanda University to honour Prof. Sunaina Singh, the Vice Chancellor. The ceremony was for celebrating the joy and pleasure that came in form of Prof. Sunaina Singh’s recent outstanding academic brilliance in form of prestigious Honorary Professorship award by the Oxford University. This award is for her rich scholarship in the fields of education, science, economy, healthcare and her remarkable achievements in re-inventing and re-purposing the historic Nalanda University & its academic architecture. Prof. Sunaina Singh is the only academic and the only Vice Chancellor of India who has been conferred with this award. It is a huge honour not only for the entire University community but also for the country. Under her sterling leadership, the University has been steadily advancing towards bringing the culture of excellence to maturity so that India is the Vishwa Guru with Nālandā at its helm once again.

At the outset, the Deans of the Schools, namely, Prof. Sukhbir Singh, Prof. Sarnam Singh, Prof. Anand Singh, and Prof. Sapna Narula welcomed Prof. Sunaina Singh by offering a bouquet and felicitated her by presenting a shawl in a symbolic gesture. In this ceremony, the medallion of the Oxford Academic Union was displayed by the Deans of the Schools for the community. The certificate of the Oxford Academic Union was also read out.

During the felicitation ceremony, all the Deans, Registrar, Finance officer, Director (Finance)along with faculty members, non-teaching officials and students were present. All the Deans appreciated and accolades Prof. Sunaina Singh for her remarkable achievement. They also thanked her for the sustainable development of Nalanda University and described her as a source of inspiration to all.

Prof. Sunaina Singh acknowledged all the Deans for the felicitation and thanked everyone who were present in the ceremony. She passionately believed that in the coming few years Nalanda University will not be in any way behind a world-renowned university like Oxford. According to her, Nalanda University will prove to be a milestone in the education domain of India in the coming days.

January 26, 2021: Transforming Nalanda University

In her message, Prof. Sunaina Singh, the Vice Chancellor Nalanda University, said that her commitment to transforming Nalanda into a new culture of national ethos, a culture that always looks forward, a culture of excellence is on its way to realization. She also underlined the significance of living in harmony with nature, which is also the message the Nalanda University stands for and it is getting realized in its Sustainable Ecofriendly Campus.

On the auspicious occasion of the 72 nd Republic Day, Nalanda University Vice Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh hoisted the tricolour and recalled the journey of making of the Indian constitution.

She identified it as a journey that makes us who we are today. She also emphasized on the role of the collective memory in shaping the aspirations of the nation.

In her address, she revisited the mandate of the University and said that at Nalanda her commitment to reestablish a new culture of national ethos, a culture that looks forward – a culture that reflects the ancient knowledge tradition. Emphasizing that a university is a microcosm of the world, she said that university plays a pivotal role in nation-building. Remembering Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, who mooted the idea of reviving Nalanda, she stressed that the envisioned Nalanda University will also play a crucial role in reshaping Bihar, in its goal of realization of its historical potential as a knowledge hub.

Highlighting the opportunities and the challenges involved in the task of reinventing and transforming Nalanda University as a symbol of Asian renaissance and resurgence, Prof. Singh acknowledged the support of Prime Minister, Shri Nitish Kumar, and Chief Minister of Bihar.

Prof. Singh emphasized on the collective responsibility of different sections of society in strengthening the education system, which is India’s “Soft Power”. Determined with the vision of taking Nalanda University forward, the Vice Chancellor highlighted the new initiatives undertaken both in Academics as well as Administration in an effort to regain the glory of the Nalanda University, along with ensuring its physical transformation in building a Net – Zero Sustainable campus. The GRIHA Council awarded NU with 5-StarRating. A new academic framework has been envisioned with Masters programme, Global doctoral and post-doctoral research programmes, and various short term programmes in Schools and research Centers. Over the past three years, a slew of measures have been initiated to strengthen the edifice of this historically renowned University.

Due to the ongoing pandemic COVID-19, the programme was organized in accordance with the health advisories and guidelines.


Nalanda University Admissions date has been extended to 28th June 2017 keeping in view the numerous requests from the candidates. Till date 4962 online registrations have been made for admissions out of which about 250 registrations are from foreign countries. It may be noted that there has been considerable increase in registrations for admission this year.

Queries from candidates especially the Indian students are pouring in for completing the applications mostly with regard to furnishing the Statement of Purpose.

The University is looking for the best candidates who will be finally enrolled for the session 2017-18 for the existing Master’s programmes in the three Schools namely; School of Ecology and Environment Studies, the School of Historical Studies and the School of Buddhist Studies Philosophy and Comparative Religions. The past academic credentials, quality of describing the Statement of Purpose (SoP) and writing sample are the key parameters in shortlisting the candidates for interview which will take place through video conferencing facilities using Skype or in person.

The University follows a two tier filtering process, in shortlisting the candidates for interview. The admission is offered only after the Interview/ Selection Committee is satisfied with the performance of the candidate as well as recommendations from the referees are satisfactory.

June 12, 2017: Nalanda University Signs MoU with South Korea’s Academy of Korean Studies for Academic Cooperation.

Professor Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor Nalanda University and Professor Shin Jong Won, Vice President Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for academic Linkages/collaborations at Patna, today.

The two universities agreed to enhance the bilateral ties through:

  1. Joint Research Program
  2. Faculty and Student Exchange
  3. Mutual sharing of data for academic Research/Education
  4. Joint Teaching/Cotutelle
  5. Cooperation in other areas to accomplish the purpose of the MOU
  6. Lecture Series

The MoU will be in effect for five years from today.

Speaking on this occasion, Professor Sunaina Singh said, “South Korea is one of the 17 countries that have signed the inter-governmental MoU for supporting Nalanda University and we are really pleased to enter into this academic collaboration with AKS which is one of the leading universities of South Korea established by the Ministry of Education & Science Technology of South Korea. This MoU is a testament to Nalanda’s commitment to building inter-Asian linkages.”

Building upon centuries old relations between the two countries, progress of these strong ties became more visible and were concretized through ‘Act East Policy’. Bilateral promotional agreements between the two nations have increased exponentially with the efforts of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji. Translating India’s multi layered collaboration in May 2015 with his noble efforts India and South Korea signed 7 bilateral agreements upgrading its ties to special strategic partnership. As we know the South Korean Brands companies such as Hyundai, LG, Samsung are ubiquitous in India.

“Nalanda will play soft power bridge between India and South Korea through Índia’s ‘Act East Policy’ and South Korea’s new Asia initiatives. Nalanda hopefully will strengthen the bilateral ties through Educational Linkages,” said Professor Sunaina Singh. Professor Shin Jong Won expressing his happiness said, “This MOU will contribute to the development of Korean Studies and enhance friendships between the two institutions.”

Nalanda University had also recently received a personal donation of US$11,535 from South Korean Professor Pyong-Rae Lee for establishing a Scholarship Fund for students at the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Nalanda University.

Prof Sunaina Singh Takes Charge as Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University

Professor Sunaina Singh the former Vice Chancellor of The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad took over as the Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University, Rajgir earlier today.

Professor Singh took over the charge from Professor Pankaj Mohan, the Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean, School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University.

After assuming charge, Professor Singh met some officials of the University and discussed issues related to administration as well as academics. She said, “My goal would be to rebuild a historically and internationally acclaimed institution such as Nalanda-a challenge which will drive me to establish a globally impeccable academic profile of Nalanda University. The effort will be to realise the vision of the University as stated in the Preamble.”

Professor Pankaj Mohan while handing over charge expressed pleasure and said, “The University is in great hands with Professor Sunaina Singh who wields vast administrative experience. I wish her all the best.”

As the head of a Central University, Professor Sunaina Singh is among the most prominent women Vice Chancellors in the South Asian region. A distinguished academician and administrator, she also holds the position of Vice President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to head as the President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the bi-national research institution with headquarters in New Delhi and Calgary under the MHRD and Canadian Government. Professor Singh brings with her a rich blend of scholarship, professional integrity, and administrative competence.

Her impeccable and proven track record as an able and visionary administrator has enabled her to excel in her leadership role, a fact acknowledged by the many prestigious awards she has won including Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2014 and 100-Most Influential Vice Chancellors, 2016 (World Education Congress). Prof. Sunaina Singh currently, a member of several national and international Academic committees, Prof Singh is engaged in the challenging task of restructuring and redesigning university pedagogical and administrative systems.

May 2, 2017: External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj Meets Nalanda University Governing Board Members

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj Meets Nalanda University Governing Board Members

The External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State Shri M. J. Akbar met Nalanda University’s Governing Board Members earlier today.

Also present were Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar and Secretary (ER) Amar Sinha. The Vice Chancellor Designate Professor Sunaina Singh and the Interim Vice Chancellor Professor Pankaj Mohan were also a part of the meeting.

Addressing the Governing Board Members, Smt. Swaraj said, “Nalanda has been revived to serve as an intellectual bridge between India and East Asia and is a symbol of India’s soft power. Government is fully committed to the Nalanda vision and Nalanda will definitely revive the centuries old inter-Asian Connections.”

Nalanda University Chancellor, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, laid out his institutional mission and vision before the Governing Board members.

The following members of the Governing Board were present for the meeting: Shri N.K. Singh, Former Member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament; Laos PDR Ambassador to India Mr. Southam Sakonhninhom; Shri Chanchal Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Govt. of Bihar; Shri Kewal Kumar Sharma, Secretary HRD; Professor Lokesh Chandra President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Dr. Arvind Panagariya Vice Chairman, Niti Ayog.

April 28, 2017: Nalanda University to Collaborate with Kanazawa University from Japan

Nalanda University to Collaborate with Kanazawa University from Japan

Nalanda University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanazawa University from Japan for academic collaboration yesterday evening.

Prof. Mori Masahide, Professor and Head of the School of Humanities, Kanazawa University brought the draft MoU, bearing the signature of the President of the University, and Professor Pankaj Mohan, Interim Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University put his signature on it on behalf of Chancellor Dr Vijay Bhatkar in Rajgir, yesterday.

According to the MoU, the two Universities will make an effort to promote and develop cooperation in the following activities: (1) Exchange of faculty members and research fellows. (2) Exchange of students. (3) Exchange of academic materials, publications, and information. (4) Conducting joint research projects and organization of symposiums. (5) Other activities that contribute to the development of academic and educational exchange between the two institutions.

Speaking on this occasion Professor Pankaj Mohan said, “India and Japan are ancient civilizations, bound by close cultural ties, and Nalanda played a crucial role in this civilizational dialogue. Since Nalanda University has the mandate to re-discover the threads of inter-Asian connection, our MoU with Kanazawa University holds immense significance.

Prof. Mori Masahide said in his brief speech, “Kanazawa University has been designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education as a “Super Global University”, and as Nalanda University shares this vision and goal, the MoU would pave path for an enduring partnership between the two institutions.” Professor Masahide was accompanied by Ms. Maqsooda Shiotani, International Exchange Adviser of Kanazawa University and Head, Hokuriku Japan India Club, for the signing of the MoU.

Mr. K. Chandramoorthi, the Officiating Registrar of Nalanda University said, “We are pleased to collaborate with Kanazawa University, a 50-year-old National University of Japan whose roots can be traced to 1862. The two Universities will work together in various areas and shall also support joint programmes whenever feasible. This agreement will remain in effect for five years.”

Kanazawa University is located in the city of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. It has two main campuses: Kakuma and Takaramachi. It offers various undergraduate and graduate courses and has three colleges and 16 schools with about 11,000 students including 350 international students.

April 21, 2017: Shri Awadhesh Kumar Singh inaugurates three-day Welfare Camp for Tonga Community at Nalanda University in Rajgir

Shri Awadhesh Kumar Singh inaugurates three-day Welfare Camp for Tonga Community at Nalanda University in RajgirThe camp was organised as part of Project Anwesha and included skill development sessions by National Disaster Response Force and UNICEF and health check-up camp for horses by People for Animals and Department of Health Bihar Government

Shri Awadhesh Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister Animal Resources and Fisheries Department, Government of Bihar inaugurated a three-day Welfare Camp for Tonga Community at Nalanda University’s Ajatshatru Residence Hall ground in Rajgir today.

This welfare camp has been organised by Project Anwesha, comprising a team of students and mentors from Nalanda University. The camp has been organised in collaboration with Nalanda University, Dalai Lama Fellows Foundation, People For Animals Trust (PFA), Animal and Fisheries Resource Department, Govt. of Bihar, and UNICEF.

The camp will be held from April 21-23, 2017 and will include skill development sessions by National Disaster Response Force and UNICEF and health check-up camp for horses by PFA and Department of Health Bihar Government.

A special session on Rajgir’s historical significance will also be held by Rajgir Archaeological Survey Project (RASP) on April 22 for the Tonga Community.

Inaugurating the camp today, Shri Awadhesh Kumar Singh, said, “Rajgir is a beautiful and historical town whose true beauty can be experienced only in a Tonga ride. A welfare camp for the Tonga Community is thus very significant for the town. The people of Bihar have very high expectations from the University and an event like this proves that the University can live up to such expectations.”

Professor Pankaj Mohan, the Interim Vice Chancellor, welcomed the dignitaries and said that this event is in keeping with the ancient Nalanda’s tradition of forging close relationship with the neighbouring villages and living in harmony with nature.

Mr. K. Chandramoorthi, Officiating Registrar, Nalanda University in his address said, “Events like this welfare camp are the community outreach efforts that build the relationship of the University with the people of Rajgir and we hope that the Tonga Community benefits from the three day event.”

Dr. Prasad A. Pathak, Assistant Professor, School of Ecology and Environment and Faculty In-charge of RASP introduced Project Anwesha and explained how the skill development programmes planned for the three days would benefit the Tonga Community. Mr. Abinash Mohanty, the student who had ideated Project Anwesha shared that for him the Tonga Community is in a way the identity of Rajgir and that is why he took up a project that focused on this community.

Ms. Vasudha Gupta, President of PFA, Patna said, “Gandhiji had said that you can judge how developed a country is by seeing the condition of its animals. I hope that we become aware of the need to focus on animal welfare and such camps become a regular feature.”

Mr. Baleshwar, the President of the Tonga Association, also spoke on behalf of the Tonga community and shared his experiences of ferrying tourists from various parts of India over the years and expressed his hope that more such efforts are made to improve the working condition of the community.

About Project Anwesha: Project Anwesha, conceptualised by Nalanda University postgraduate student, Mr. Abinash Mohanty, is centered on the Tanga community based in Rajgir, Bihar. By adopting a five module approach, Project Anwesha aims to help in overall welfare of the Tanga community. The five modules will consist of electricity generation from the running tangas, animal welfare, dissipating the open defecation problem, animal welfare and sensitization and building a community of ethical leaders among the Tanga community. The project is mentored by Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan, Associate Professor, SEES, Nalanda University and Mr. Marty Krasney, Executive Director Dalai Lama Fellows Foundation, California, USA. The Core Team Members of Anwesha are Mr. Ankit Singh Chauhan, Ms. Himani Saini, Ms. Tanushree Mundra, Mr. Anil Jha, Mr. Anurodh Sachdeva, Ms. Rashmi Shetty, Ms. Sonia Sharma, PG students of Nalanda University.

March 1, 2017: Nalanda Chancellor Participates in a Ceremony Organised to Celebrate the Commencement of Construction of non-residential Buildings at the Main Campus

Chancellor Dr. Vijay Bhatkar Participates in a Ceremony Organised to Celebrate the Commencement of Construction of non-residential Buildings at the Main Campus

Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar, Chancellor of Nalanda University (NU) was the Chief Guest at the ceremony organised by NCC (Nagarjuna Construction Company) to celebrate the commencement of the construction of non-residential buildings on the Nalanda University Main Campus earlier today.

Mr. Rajeev Kathpalia, Partner Vastu Shilpa Consultants (architect of the project), Mr. G. Ramakrishna Reddy Vice President NCC, and Mr. Rana Chakravaty General Manager MECON (Project Management Consultant for the project) attended the ceremony.

Welcoming the guests, Professor Pankaj Mohan said, “The significance of Nalanda lies not only in its role as a seat of knowledge but also in its tradition of global humanism that focuses on mutually empowering and enriching relationship amongst civilizations. The biggest challenge before us is to realize these ideals that underpinned ancient Nalanda University. We envision an institution which will nurture students to fulfil their community ambition over and above the pursuit of a University Degree.”

Talking about the design of the University he said, “The Masterplan of the University has been made to provide state-of-the-art facilities and encourage future developments of the University while containing the echo of history and culture of ancient Nalanda.”

Speaking on this occasion Dr. Bhatkar said, “I consider myself extremely privileged that I have been a part of this historic day and this sacred ceremony. I have seen the design of the building and I am confident that when it comes up you will see a resurrection of the old Nalanda in terms of the design. I am hoping that with the joint efforts of Vastu Shilpa Consultants, NCC, MECON, and the University, we will see a structure emerge within one year.”

The Nalanda District Magistrate Mr. Thiyagarajan SM, Superintendent of Police Kumar Ashish, DSP and other senior officers of the District Aministration also attended the event.

Mr. K. Chandramoorthi, Officiating Registrar NU, gave the vote of thanks.

Mr. Joy Choudhury Officiating University Engineer NU and Mr. Manoj Kumar Assistant Engineer Electrical NU, coordinated on behalf of the University for organising the event by NCC, which was held in the area that will be the Academic Spine of the University on completion of construction.

The Master Plan of the University has been designed by Vastu Shilpa Consultants (VSC) who had emerged as the winner of the Architectural Design Competition held in 2013. The University had signed a contract with them in 2014.

The Master Plan of the proposed campus has been designed to have non-residential as well as residential buildings. The non-residential buildings include Academic Blocks, Library, Administration Block, Lecture Halls and Auditorium. The residential buildings include Faculty Housing, Hostels for Men and Women, and Mess and Dining.

All the buildings are planned to be positioned along water networks spread over the entire campus. A lotus pond called Kamal Sagar is proposed adjacent to the Academic Spine and Residential Blocks. The campus is also being planned to be NET ZERO, which means that the campus shall be self-reliant in so far as demand of energy, water and other natural resources is concerned.

January 27, 2017: Dr. Vijay Bhatkar​ ​appointed​ ​Chancellor of Nalanda University

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar​ ​appointed​ ​Chancellor of Nalanda University

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of Nalanda University appointed Dr. Vijay Bhatkar as the Chancellor of Nalanda University with effect from January 25, 2017.

Dr. Bhatkar will hold the office for a term of three years from the date of his appointment.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India. He is best known as the architect of India’s first supercomputer and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India’s national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.

He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernace Committee Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa. A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, CSI,INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has been honored with Padmashri and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award , HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg Prize and is a Distinguished Alumni of IIT,Delhi.

Dr Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research & technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality. He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, and National President of Vijnan Bharati.

The Interim Vice Chancellor, Professor Pankaj Mohan congratulated the Chancellor and said, “Your leadership, guidance and vision will help Nalanda achieve its goal to stand at the ‘juncture of ‘tradition and modernity, heritage and development’, and considerably enhance the university’s ability to act as an agent of positive change in a world replete with challenges,” and he added, “May your tenure as chancellor be full of blessings both for you and our university.”

The Officiating Registrar, Mr. K. Channdramoorthi also congratulated the Chancellor and said, “Your immense experience, strategic direction and leadership will help Nalanda University flourish.”

January 27, 2017: Nalanda University Awards Contract for Construction of Non-Residential buildings at its Permanent Campus

Tender has been awarded to NCC Limited and work is expected to begin by end of February 2017

After obtaining approvals from appropriate authorities, Nalanda University awarded the work for construction of non-residential buildings and other allied works to M/s NCC Limited, NCC House, Madhapur, Hyderabad earlier today. This constitutes a major part of Nalanda University’s Phase 1 Construction Programme of its proposed campus.

The University had called for tender of the work on September 20, 2016 and tenders were received on October 20, 2016. Out of the three technically qualified bidders M/s NCC Limited quoted the lowest amount of Rs 435.07 Crore which was 10.33% below the estimated cost.

The work at site will begin by end of February 2017 and is scheduled to be completed within 36 months i.e. by February 2020. With completion of this work the University will have buildings for its two schools, administrative block, communication centre, campus amenities like international centre, campus inn, amphitheatre, arcade, dining hall, faculty club, school, medical centre & infirmary, sports centre, commercial market, bank, post office, etc. including all the services buildings.

The other part of the campus i.e. construction of the Residential Buildings and Hostels are covered under a separate package tender which will be published by end of February 2017 and is expected to be awarded by end of May 2017.

The work for construction of Nalanda University’s permanent campus on the 455 acre land given by the Bihar Government, commenced on September 30, 2016 and has progressed rapidly. The works for Construction of Internal Roads and Earthwork for providing Water Bodies as a part of Phase 1 Construction Programme was awarded to M G Contractors Pvt. Limited, Panchkula, Haryana. The embankment construction for the 12.5 Km long internal roads and the excavation of various water bodies is currently in progress.

November 9, 2016: Nalanda University ties up with Deakin University from Australia for Joint Lecture Series

First Lecture to be held in Delhi on November 10, 2016 and in Rajgir on November 11, 2016

Nalanda University (NU) and Deakin University are collaborating to launch an annual lecture series titled: the Nalanda- Deakin Annual Lecture Series. As part of this series, every year annually, the speaker will deliver a lecture at Nalanda University and any one other city in India. The first lecture as a result of this partnership will be delivered by Dr David Halliwell, the Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), Deakin University and is titled ‘Industry Driven Research Needs in Regional and Rural Communities’.  The lectures will be held on November 10, in New Delhi (Teen Murti Bhavan) and on November 11, in Rajgir (Rajgir International Convention Centre).

Earlier this year, Nalanda had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Deakin on possibilities of having thinkers in residence, student and academic exchanges between Deakin and NU. The Nalanda-Deakin Annual Lecture Series are a part of this collaboration. Through this collaboration, Nalanda University and Deakin University would be able to showcase their academic credentials and their association with cutting edge academic discourse and their commitment to make knowledge available to a wider public outside the University.

About Nalanda University:

Nalanda is a post graduate international research university supported by 17 participating countries of the East Asia Summit and designated as an institution of national importance in India. The university takes its name and draws inspiration from its ancient predecessor which remains the oldest known centre of higher learning in the world. Nalanda has commenced its academic programmes in 2014 and at present the three Schools offer two-year master’s degree courses.

About Deakin University:

Deakin, named after Australia’s second Prime Minister, is a young contemporary university. It is a world-class institute with cutting-edge facilities and renowned quality of research and teaching. Deakin’s collaborative and supportive research culture and the associated global rankings affirm its growing international research reputation.

Abstract of Lecture:

Technology has come a long way in the last decade. Whereas traditionally we may have known what ‘job’ we wanted to do when we ‘grow up’, nowadays, many of the jobs for the next generation may well not yet have been invented. Researchers are at the frontier of this new wave of innovation and we are only just beginning to think about the possible applications for these emerging technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing, data mining and visualisation). This presentation provides an insight into industry (including government and community) driven research needs encountered by Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) as it straddles the interface of industry and academia. CeRRF’s research scope is broad and comprises expertise in agriculture, engineering, science, environment, climate change, policy, economics and urban planning. This presentation features projects touching on these areas in our efforts to drive sustainable regional growth, build capacity, and improve risk management.

Bio-Sketch of Dr. Halliwell:

Dr. Halliwell joined Deakin University in 2015 as Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), a research centre with a focus on regional productivity. He has 22 years’ experience in industry driven research in the agriculture and water sectors. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer for Water Research Australia Limited and Research Director with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. Dr. Halliwell holds a PhD in Chemistry and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a researcher at heart with a focus on engaging with industry to understand and solve their problems.

August 25, 2016: Nalanda University Becomes the first University to Adopt Khadi for its Academic Regalia

The University has officially adopted Khadi for its Academic Robes. Governing Board Member, Lord Meghnad Desai made this announcement at a Press Conference in Rajgir earlier today.

Speaking to the media he said, “The University wanted its academic dress to be in broadly in line with the internationally accepted guidelines on academic dress but to also have a distinctively Indian touch. The university experimented with fabrics that are woven in and around Nalanda and in Bihar and made a choice of trying to innovate with regalia made of khadi, the fabric at the heart of Indian identity with multiple symbolisms.”

While the heavy velvet gowns that are the norm in the west, were designed to keep out the cold in old buildings, in the Indian weather, khadi is also the most climatically appropriate fabric.

“In opting for khadi for our regalia, Nalanda University becomes the first and only Indian university to have its entire academic regalia in the national fabric.” he added.

Academic costume or regalia is an important part of the identity of any institution. It defines the institution and is part of the abiding moment in the lives of all the graduates from the university and something they wear with pride. Once set, the academic regalia will define the identity of the institution for many years to come.

India has not adopted any National level code for academic regalia and so, Nalanda University was free to set its own rules with regard to colour and trimmings etc. The regalia as defined is as shown in the accompanying table.

Talking about other details of the convocation the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gopa Sabharwal revealed that the Academic Procession will walk to the orchestral composition titled Swagtam, literally meaning welcome, by the legendary Veena maestro and composer Emani Sankara Sastry who was the director of the National Orchestra of All India Radio, the AIR Vadya Vrinda, and chief producer of music.

The University will also be presenting a unique Memento to the President, Chief Minister and Governor. The memento is a replica of the Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB), which is going to be used instead of bricks in building Nalanda, and carries the Nalanda Logo. Unlike burnt brick, the Nalanda Brick is produced from soil compressed at high pressure and the embodied energy is almost half that of burnt brick.

Lord Desai also announced that the Chancellor’s Gold Medal will be awarded to Ms. Shaashi Ahlawat from the School of Historical Studies and Ms. Sana Salah from the School of Ecology and Environment Studies.

Sno. Designation Gown Stole Head-dress Head-dress
1 Visitor Deep Purple khadi gown with 3” blue felt trimmings and gold edging on front panel and four chevrons on the sleeves with gold edging Golden silk with maroon edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in Purple khadi with blue tassel
2 Guests of Honour: Honorable Governor of Bihar Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar Honorable External Affairs Minister Royal Blue khadi gown with 3” maroon felt trimmings with gold edgings on front panel and four chevrons on the sleeves with gold edging Golden silk with maroon edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both
Six cornered cap in Royal Blue khadi with Maroon tassel
3 Chancellor Maroon with 3” Blue felt trimmings in the front and four chevrons on the sleeves all with gold trim White khadi stole with blue edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in maroon khadi with blue tassel
4 Vice Chancellor and Members of the Governing Board Maroon with 3” blue felt trimmings in the front with three chevrons on the
White khadi stole with blue edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in maroon khadi with blue tassel
5 Faculty Red khadi gown with with 3 black chevrons on the sleeve White khadi stole with blue edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in red khadi with black tassel
6 Members of the Academic Council Red khadi gown with 3” black felt trim in the front and 3 chevrons on the sleeve White khadi stole with blue edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in red khadi with black tassel
7 Statutory Officers: Registrar Finance Officer Librarian Black khadi gown with 3” maroon felt trim White khadi stole with maroon edging and Nalanda University logo embroidered on both sides Six cornered cap in black khadi with maroon tassel
All postgraduate Students Dark Blue khadi Gowns with no trim White khadi stole with Nalanda University logo embroidered on it and trim in the colour of the School- rust for SHS
Green for SEES
Blue khadi mortar board with a golden yellow tass

August 23, 2016: President of India to Confer Degrees on Nalanda University’s first graduates and also lay the Foundation Stone on August 27 2016 at the University Campus in Rajgir, Bihar.

Nalanda University is gearing up to host its first Convocation on August 27, 2016, when Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India will confer the degrees and also lay the Foundation Stone of the new campus.

Guests of honour on this occasion include the Governor of Bihar Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar and External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Chancellor George Yeo and other members of the Governing Board will also be there besides various other distinguished guests. Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister and member of Nalanda University’s International Advisory Panel, Mr. Hassan Wirajuda will also attend. Members of the diplomatic corps are expected. The entire Nalanda University community will also be present. Over 500 guests are expected to be present at the program.

The program will start at 11 am and end at 12 noon. The President will first lay the foundation stone and then the Convocation will start. Twelve students who have completed their coursework will be getting their postgraduate degrees. Eight of the graduating students are from the School of Ecology and Environment Studies and four from the School of Historical Studies. The pioneering batch also had one student from Japan and one from Bhutan.

Talking about this historic event the Vice Chancellor Dr.Gopa Sabharwal said, “This event is going to be special not just because our pioneering batch of students are getting their degrees but also because the Foundation Stone of the new campus is being laid by the President of India who in many ways was instrumental in driving the idea of Nalanda to fruition during his days as the Foreign Minister of India.” The Vice Chancellor also said that construction of the new campus is slated to start soon.

The University’s growth is now outstripping the infrastructure available in Rajgir and it is crucial that it moves into its own campus soon.The University has steadily grown since its small beginning in 2014. It currently has over 130 students from over 13 countries and 20 faculty from various parts of the world who have relocated to India.This year the University has launched its third School-The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions.

Talking about the construction plans of the new Campus the Vice Chancellor said, “We set a net zero energy vision for the university as early as 2013 in an attempt to tie up the historical legacy inherited by Nalanda University with one of the most urgent contemporary issues that needs to be addressed – environmental sustainability.”

The University is getting technical assistance from the USAID led bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment (PACE-D) Program, to be a Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Emissions, Net Zero Water, and Net Zero Waste campus, the first of its kind in India.

May 26, 2016: Nalanda University to establish Xuanzang Centre for Asian Studies in collaboration with Peking University

The two universities signed an MoU to enhance academic ties in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee during his China Visit

Chancellor George Yeo and Peking University President Lin Jianhua signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation earlier today. The two institutions agreed to make a joint effort in establishing a Xuanzang Centre for Asian Studies at Nalanda University besides taking several other steps to enhance academic ties.

The MoU was signed in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, who is in China for a four-day visit. The event was organised as a part of the China-India University Presidents Roundtable hosted by Peking University

In his address to the University, President Mukherjee said, “As far back as the 6th Century, seats of higher learning like Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri had drawn scholars and cultivated contacts and academic exchanges with famed institutions of other countries in the region and beyond.“

Commenting on the signing of MoUs during the roundtable he said, “Today, I am happy to see central institutes of higher learning from India are signing Memorandums of Understanding for co-operation with partner institutions of China. I am confident that these understandings will create a collaborative platform for academic cooperation in the areas of research and education, joint seminars and exchange of faculty and students.”

Nalanda and Peking will take several other steps to strengthen academic ties as a part of the MoU. Both institutions will develop exchange programs and collaboration; promote exchange of relevant information concerning teaching development and scientific research; encourage exchange of visits of faculty members and encourage scholar/student exchange for research and study.

Speaking on this occasion, Chancellor George Yeo said, “This MoU will further strengthen our already existing ties with Peking University and also help build even greater understanding between two ancient civilizations”

President Lin Jianhua said, “The Xuanzang Centre for Asian Studies is an important step in building closer relations between the two universities.”

Nalanda University Governing Board Member Professor Wang Bangwei, who is also the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies and Oriental Literature Research Center at Peking University, was also present at the event along with Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gopa Sabharwal.

Archive February 3, 2016: Nalanda University Chancellor Sends Letter of Clarification to the Editors of The New Indian Express

Chancellor George Yeo, who chairs the Governing Board of Nalanda University has sent a letter of clarification to the Editors of The New Indian Express following the publication of an article titled “Nalanda University to get total overhaul” on January 31, 2016.

Text of the letter:

January 31, 2016

“Editor of Sunday Standard,/ New Indian Express

In your article “Nalanda University to get total overhaul” on 31 January 2016, it was stated that the Governing Board in its meeting on 30 January decided to “set up a search committee to select suitable candidates for the next VChancellor”. This is incorrect. The Governing Board left open the possibility of reappointing the existing Vice Chancellor for a second term. The 5-member Appointment Committee which I Chair will deliberate whether the existing Vice Chancellor should be reappointed or the search for a new Vice Chancellor be made. The Board will then put up a formal recommendation to the Visitor for his approval.

Yours faithfully,
George Yeo Chancellor,
Nalanda University”

January 30, 2016: Nalanda University to launch The School of Linguistics and Literature in 2017-18

The Governing Board of Nalanda University approved the launch of this School at its 13th Meeting in Rajgir,

The Governing Board of Nalanda University approved the launch of The School of Linguistics and Literature in 2017-18, at its 13th meeting in Rajgir on January 30, 2015.

Talking to media persons in Rajgir, Chancellor George Yeo said, “We decided on this School keeping in mind the academic needs of present Schools. A School of Linguistics and Literature will complement the present School of Historical Studies and the upcoming School of Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy.”

The Board also decided that the School of Public Health will follow in 2018-19. “Catering to the present needs of the neighbourhood in which we are located is one of the mandates of the University and the School of Public Health will greatly benefit the region,” said Chancellor Yeo.

The Board thanked the people of Singapore who have pledged the gift of Sing $10 million to design build and deliver a library at the University’s campus. This gift from the people of Singapore (not the government) was the initiative of Chancellor Yeo, at a time before he was named Chancellor. Chancellor Yeo had arrived a week early at Rajgir, along with supporters and friends of Nalanda University from Singapore and Hongkong.

He spent time with the University students, faculty and staff during the week and also presided over the Republic Day celebrations at the University on 26th January. A day prior to the Governing Board Meeting, an exhibition was held to showcase the designs of the Masterplan and library plan of the University. Vastu Shilpa Consultants who are the Masterplanners of the University and RSP architects, planners & engineers who are the designers of the library also made presentations to explain the plans of construction in detail.

January 24, 2016: Supporters and friends of Nalanda University from Singapore come to Rajgir on a three-day visit along with Chancellor George Yeo

A group of donors, supporters and friends of Nalanda University from Singapore, and Hongkong arrived today on a three-day visit to Gaya and Rajgir.

The group will be accompanied by the Chancellor Mr George Yeo and will first visit the Mahabodhi temple in Gaya and then move on to Rajgir, where in addition to interactions with the University Community and Vice Chancellor Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, they will also visit the Nalanda ruins, Nalanda Museum, Xuan Zang Memorial Hall and other places of interest.

This group includes donors who have contributed to the gift that will design, build and deliver the Library at Nalanda. The nature of the gift is not a cash donation, but the funding of the building cost of the Nalanda Library in its first phase.

This gift from the people of Singapore (not the government) to Nalanda, was an initiative of the now Chancellor, Mr. George Yeo, at a time before he was named Chancellor.

Mr. K.C. Chew a leading consultant in Philanthropy in Singapore, who earlier oversaw endowments at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is currently the Honorary Secretary at Nalanda Library Fund Limited is also travelling with this group.

Commenting on the gift Mr. K.C. Chew said, “When we set out to raise the funds for this gift, we had set ourselves a target to raise S$10 million, and about 80% of that has been secured, and we are hopeful that the remaining amount will be reached soon after this trip which is partly to also inspire those who have not yet committed a specific gift amount to do so.”

Talking about the importance of supporting a project like Nalanda University the Chancellor Mr. George Yeo said, “Endowments play a very important role in building centre of knowledge and allowing them to realize their academic vision. As the Nalanda project moves ahead, we hope to have many more people join in this vision.”

The donors for the Nalanda Library have selected a Singapore based architectural firm-RSP architects, planners & engineers to design the library. The RSP team is led by the distinguished architect and planner Mr. Liu Thai Ker, who was the master-planner for Singapore and brings with him more than 50 years of experience in multiple projects.

December 17, 2015: 27-member delegation from the royal society of Thailand visits Nalanda University, Rajgir

A high level 27 member delegation comprising of academicians, scholars, artists and others from the Royal Society of Thailand (RST) visited the interim campus of Nalanda University, Rajgir this afternoon. The RST consists of three academies – the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, the Academy of Science and the Academy of Arts. The society was originally founded as the Royal Council in the reign of King Prajadhipok in 1926. This society is the national academy of Thailand and takes care of the academic works of the government. The RST has a unique role in bringing together scholars in the various fields of knowledge.

Professor Pakorn Adulbhan, Fellow and President of the RST who is from the Engineering Section of the Academy of Science was leading this delegation of senior academics that included members from different sections of the RST including Engineering, Fine Arts, Literary Arts, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Science and Agricultural Technology and Veterinary Science, and Technology.

Speaking on the occasion of the visit, Dr. Adulbhan said, “I would like to thank the University for the Warm Welcome extended to us. We will be happy to involve our research scholars to engage with faculty and students of Nalanda University.”

Senior Professors from Nalanda University including Professor Pankaj Mohan, Professor B. Mohan Kumar, Dr. Somnath Bandyopadhya, Dr. Abhishek Amar and senior administrative official Mr. K. Chandramoorthi, Finance Officer and Officiating Registrar and others were present at this interaction with the visiting delegates. Professor Max Deeg, scholar in Residence from Cardiff University, UK also addressed the delegation and shared the plan of Nalanda University for upcoming school of Buddhist Studies and Comparative Religion.

November 26, 2015: Nalanda University holds a two-day celebration to commemorate its Foundation Day

Nalanda University, Rajgir organised a two-day celebration on November 24 and 25 to commemorate its Foundation Day. It was on November 25, that the Nalanda University Act (2010) came into force in 2010. The University observes this day as foundation day.

Last year when it began its first Academic Session the university celebrated this day in Rajgir. This year the University invited “Indian Ocean” a band widely recognized as the pioneer of the fusion rock genre in India for a live performance in Rajgir on November 25. The University invited various institutions from Bihar for the rock show by “Indian Ocean”. Students from IIT Patna, Patna Science College and Patna Womens College came to Rajgir for the rock show. This was the rock band’s first performance in Bihar in 26 years since their inception. The University Community also organised a Cultural Performance on the eve of Foundation Day, November 24, where students, staff and even the faculty was represented.

The theme for this year was ‘Equality through efforts’. The guests included Rajgir Administration and other dignitaries from Rajgir besides students from Navodaya Vidyalaya and Sainik School. Speaking on the occasion the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, said “Though we all often meet as a community on various occasions, I would like to use this opportunity to specially thank all our Faculty, students and staff for helping to build Nalanda and turning into reality what started as a dream.”

November 23, 2015: Nalanda University to celebrate Foundation Day on November 25

Nalanda University is hosting two-day celebrations in Rajgir on November, 24 and 25 2015, to commemorate the Foundation of the University. It was on November 25, that the NU Act (2010) came into force in 2010. The University observes this day as foundation day.

Last year when it began its first Academic Session the university celebrated this day in Rajgir. This year, the university is inviting “Indian Ocean” a band widely recognized as the pioneer of the fusion rock genre in India to perform at the University. The entry to this event is through passes and the University has invited various institutions from Bihar to witness the rock show by Indian Ocean.

Apart from the live performance by the band, the students of Nalanda University will also be organizing some cultural performances on the eve of Foundation Day on November 24.

Nalanda University is designated as an “Institution of National Importance”. It is a stand-alone international university unlike any other established in the country and is supported by several East Asia Summit countries. The University admitted its first batch of students in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies and the School of Historical Studies in 2014. It plans to start “The School of Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy”

October 18, 2015: Nalanda University to build closer ties with Peking University

On October 18, 2015, Chancellor George Yeo met Peking University’s Vice President Li Yansong to discuss ways to build closer cooperation between the two universities. Governing Board Member of Nalanda University, Professor Wang Bangwei, who is a Professor at Peking University, was also a part of the meeting.

Nalanda University, already has links with the Peking University but the two universities are now in talks to start a centre focused on Asian Studies located at Nalanda University among other closer collaborations. Commenting on this development Chancellor Yeo said, “We hope that through greater collaboration with Beijing University, NalandaUniversity can help build greater understanding between two ancient civilizations.” Professor Wang Bangwei who was present for the meeting added, “Nalanda is a sacred name to many Chinese people who love India. Hope through the newly established Nalnada University the tradition of mutual learning among Asian countries including China and India will be strengthened.”

Nalanda University based in Rajgir, Bihar was established by an Act of Parliament in 2010 and is designated as an “Institution of National Importance”. Nalanda is a stand-alone international university unlike any other established in the country and is supported by several East Asia Summit countries. The University admitted its first batch of students in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies and the School of Historical Studies in 2014. It plans to start “The School of Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy” in 2016.

October 5, 2015: Nalanda University Chancellor George Yeo Calls on UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

he Chancellor of Nalanda University, Mr. George Yeo called on UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon in New York City to brief him on the progress of Nalanda University. At the time of his election as Secretary-General in 2006, Mr. Ban was Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As Foreign Minister of Korea, Mr. Ban was an enthusiastic supporter of the revival of Nalanda.

New Delhi, India was also one of his first postings after joining the diplomatic services.

New Delhi, India was also one of his first postings after joining the diplomatic services.

September 22, 2015: Nalanda University receives an endowment of $ 1 million from Dr Rajendra and Mrs Ursula Joshi

This endowment made to the University and will be used to support a Professorial Chair in the School of Historical Studies.

Nalanda University has received an endowment of $ 1 million to support a Professorial Chair in the School of Historical Studies from Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi and his wife Mrs Ursula Joshi.

The symbolic cheque was handed over by Mrs Ursula Joshi to the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gopa Sabharwal at an Endowment Ceremony held on September 22, 2015 in New Delhi.

This is the second personal endowment of this kind to the University, the earlier being a donation from Ambassador Madanjeet Singh’s South Asia Foundation for the same amount. The modalities of that donation are still being worked out. Nalanda University has also received endowments from countries like Australia, China, Singapore, Laos and Thailand. It has also received endowments in the form of books from individual donors.

Thanking Dr Rajendra Joshi and Mrs Ursula Joshi for their contribution, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Gopa Sabharwal said, “This endowment to the University is really valuable for us specially in these formative years. We are specially thankful that the Joshis despite their background in pharmaceuticals decided to support the School of Historical Studies to acknowledge the importance of this discipline in the present age. At a time when History and indeed the Liberal Arts need a lot of support a gesture like this is immensely valuable.”

Dr. Rajendra Joshi, now a Swiss citizen has his roots in India, Rajasthan and is a graduate of BITS Pilani. He founded a pharmaceutical company Fumapharm with other partners in Switzerland and is credited with development of highly effective drugs for the treatment of psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. Fumapharm was bought over by the US based company Biogen Idec and the drug that Dr Joshi developed, now a very successful medicine globally, is marketed as Tecfidera.

In 2006, Dr. Joshi and Mrs Joshi started the Rajendra and Ursula Joshi Foundation (JCF) in Zurich, Switzerland to bring the Swiss Dual System of Apprentice Training in India.

The foundation has started its first Vocational Education and Training project through The Rajendra & Ursula Joshi Skill Development Pvt. Ltd in Jaipur.

Talking about the motivation behind the contribution, Dr Joshi’s nephew Dr. Nalin Joshi, said “Dr R.K Joshi is a committed “Bharatvanshi” and he is not only an admirer of Indian culture but has a very strong belief in the Jagadguru image of the country. He believes that “knowledge gives humility, from humility one attains character and wealth and with that good deeds can follow nirvana”. In his opinion revival of this distinguished centre of education will fulfil the purpose of imparting knowledge.”

Mrs. Ursula Joshi who handed over the cheque to symbolically signify the transfer of funds, said, “My husband and I are very much interested in the education system in India. As Nalanda University is one of the oldest universities of the world, we want to contribute in revival of such a prestigious institution particularly by supporting a Professorial Chair in the School of Historical Studies. Similarly we are also working towards bringing the Swiss Dual System of apprenticeship in India. In this regard BSDC in Jaipur will be inaugurated very soon.”

Nalanda University based in Rajgir, Bihar was established by an Act of Parliament in 2010 and is designated as an “Institution of National Importance”. Nalanda is a stand-alone international university unlike any other established in the country and is supported by several East Asia Summit countries. The University admitted its first batch of students in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies and the School of Historical Studies in 2014. It plans to start “The School of Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy” in 2016.

September 9, 2015: Chancellor George Yeo meets Nalanda University Community

Chancellor George Yeo is on a two-day visit to Rajgir. This is his first official visit after taking over the office of the Chancellor.

The Chancellor of Nalanda University, Mr. George Yeo met the University Community in Rajgir on September 9, 2015 for the first time after taking over as the Chancellor.

In his address to the community he said “It is an honour for me to take over from Amartya Sen as Chancellor. I can’t fill his shoes. Happily, he has promised me to continue his involvement with the development of the University. He remains on the Governing Board and will help me engage members of the International Advisory Panel”.

Talking about the re-appointment of the Vice Chancellor he said, “Vice Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal is doing an excellent job as the CEO. I have secured the Governing Board’s agreement to have her reappointed when her present term ends in November. However I’ve since been informed that there are certain procedural formalities to go through which I’ll do at our next Board meeting, most probably in December. There will be no break because the Statutes allow Dr Gopa to continue until her reappointment is formalized by the Visitor.”

Chancellor Yeo also put on record his appreciation of the former Dean (Academic Planning) Dr. Anjana Sharma’s contribution in setting up Nalanda University in its initial years. He said “It was unfortunate that Delhi University was unable to extend the deputation of Dr Anjana Sharma, our Academic Dean. She was deeply involved in establishing the University and I would like to record here our deep gratitude to her. ”

Talking to members of the local media he said “My visit to Rajgir is short because I have to rush back to Singapore to vote at the General Elections on 11 Sep. Nevertheless, I had wonderful meetings with students and faculty. We are working overtime to improve their living conditions here. The Bihar Government is helping us to secure additional accommodation and improve healthcare amenities. For the current academic year, which began in August, our student intake is about 50.”

He also said that a new school for Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religions and Philosophy will be established next year. Talking further about future plans he said, “There will be a steady ramp up of the student intake in the coming years so that, by the time, the first phase of the new campus is ready in 3 to 4 years time, there will be close to a thousand, if not more.”

Chancellor Yeo is on a two-day visit to Rajgir. Earlier last week he also met the President who is the Visitor of Nalanda University to update him on the progress of the University.

Before being appointed as the Chancellor, Mr. George Yeo was chairing the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board since its inception. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012 by the Indian government.

A graduate of Cambridge University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, Mr Yeo served in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs.

Besides being actively involved with the founding of Nalanda University Mr. Yeo is also associated with several other institutions. He is on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School and the International Advisory Committee of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan.

September 8, 2015: Indonesia has proposed to strengthen the ancient cultural links by close relations with the Nalanda University

To take forward the partnership between India and Indonesia and to build closer academic and cultural ties, Nalanda University hosted a lunch for the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Dr.Anies Baswedan on September 8, 2015.

The Honourable Minister of Culture, (GOI), Dr. Mahesh Sharma, was the guest of honour at the Lunch.

Besides the Ministers, the lunch was attended by the visiting Indonesian delegation, H.E. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma the Ambassador of Indonesia to India and Professor Iwan Pranoto Education Attache. Members of the delegation include Mr Harris Iskandar DG for Early Childhood and Public Education, Mr. Ananto Kusuma Seta Head of International Cooperation Bureau, Mr. Edy Wardoyo Counsellor, Mr. Bukik Setiawan, Education Expert, Mr. MozesTandung Lelating, Minister’s Counsellor and Mr. Akbar Nugraha, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Nalanda University Governing Board Member, Mr. N.K. Singh, Vice Chancellor Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, Additional Secretary, Ms. Monika Kapil Mohta and Former Dean (Academic Planning) Dr. Anjana Sharma were also present at the Lunch.

Commenting on developing ties with the University, Hon’ble Minister of Education and Culture for Indonesia, Dr. Anies Baswedan said, “We look forward to developing stronger relations with the University and also exploring cultural ties.”

The Hon’ble Minister of Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “Nalanda University was a repository of wisdom and continues to be one.”

Nalanda University is an initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs supported by all the participating countries of the East Asia Summit and Indonesia is one such participating country. Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister Mr. Hassan Wirajuda is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of Nalanda University.

Indonesia has proposed to strengthen the ancient cultural links between the two countries through projects, visits by Indonesian scholars, and cultural programmes that link the two cultures and thereby build close relations with the University.

July 30, 2015: Nalanda University Chancellor, Mr. George Yeo meets the Thai Princess HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to brief her about the University’s Progress

The Nalanda University Chancellor, Mr. George Yeo, accompanied by Singapore’s Ambassador to The Kingdom of Thailand, Mrs Chua Siew San, had an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok to brief her about the progress at Nalanda University on July 30, 2015.

Governing Board Member Professor Prapod Assavavirulhakarn who is also the Dean, Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok was also present at the meeting. HRH Princess Sirindhorn also hosted lunch for them.

HRH Princess Sirindhorn is a member of Nalanda’s International Advisory Panel and takes an active interest in the work of the University. She also visited Rajgir in February 2014 when the first meeting of the International Advisory Panel was held.

July 29, 2015: Condolence meeting held at NU’s Interim Campus to Pay Tribute to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A condolence meeting chaired by Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University was held in the Interim Campus of Nalanda University at Rajgir today, the 28th July 2015 at 3 P.M to pay tribute at the sudden demise of Bharat Ratna, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President, Republic of India on 27th July 2015 at Shillong.

The Condolence Message was read out by the Registrar, Professor M. Nehal followed by a two minute silence for the peace of the departed soul.

The senior officials and faculty members present during the meeting include Professor Pankaj Mohan, Dr. Murari Kumar Jha, Finance Officer, Mr. K. Chandramoorthi, University Librarian, Dr. Nihar Patra, other officials and staff members. From the University’s Delhi office, Dr. Anjana Sharma, Dean (Academic Planning) went to the house of late Dr. Kalam and laid a wreath on behalf of the University.

July 6, 2015: The Governing Board of Nalanda University Holds its 12th Meeting in Delhi

The Board approved the launch of The School of Buddhism, Comparative Religions and Philosophy in 2016-17. Construction of the permanent campus slated to begin in October 2015.

July 6, 2015:The Governing Board of Nalanda University had its 12th meeting in Delhi on July 5, 2015. It was the last meeting of the Board with Professor AmartyaSen as the Chairperson and Chancellor. The Board also met the Honourable External Affairs Minister, SushmaSwaraj, on the same day. The Minister assured the Board of her support for the University and also thanked the outgoing Chancellor, Professor AmartyaSen and welcomed the new Chancellor Designate, Mr. George Yeo.

The next day Mr. George Yeo and the Vice Chancellor, Gopa Sabharwal went to Patna to meet the Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar.

The most significant decisions taken at the board meeting include:
1. The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions will be launched in 2016-17.
2. Construction of Nalanda University Permanent Campus expected to Begin in October-end.

The Board approved the issuing of Tender for the Phase-I construction of the permanent campus. Accordingly, the University published the tender notice on July 6, 2015.

The first phase of construction includes the construction of Academic & Administration Buildings, Residential Buildings for Faculty, Staff and Students Amenities Buildings, Campus Inn and the International Centre. In this phase, the water bodies and lakes for rain water collection and distribution for the campus will also be developed. Internal roads, walkways and landscape will also be a part of this phase of construction.

The contractor will be required to also set up manufacturing facilities for the production of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks from the soil dug-up to build foundations and water bodies. The entire construction will be done in accordance with requirements of Green Building Certification by GRIHA and Net Zero Energy, Water and Waste Management strategies. The construction will also involve working with innovative technologies for Desiccant Evaporative (DEVAP) cooling of the Environment and the Building Envelops, Radiant Cooling of spaces, Construction of DEVAP Tower/s, Installation and Commissioning of Solar Photovoltaic electricity generation, and Sewage treatment Plant of DEWAT type.

The construction of Phase-I is expected to begin in October last week and is expected to be completed in about three years (1000 days) from the day it starts.

30 May, 2015: Mr George Yeo to be the next Chancellor of Nalanda University

Government of India announced earlier this morning that Mr George Yeo, former Foreign Minister of Singapore and a member of the Nalanda University (NU) Governing Board, will be the next Chancellor of NU. His tenure will begin mid-July, 2015.

Mr. George Yeo is currently the Chair of the International Advisory Panel of the NU Governing Board (GB).

Mr. Yeo served for 23 years in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. Prior to 1988, Mr Yeo served in various capacities in the Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defence Ministry, including Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.

Mr Yeo is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Economic Development Commission, Hong Kong, the International Advisory Committee of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Mr Yeo is also a member of the Vatican Council for the Economy and a member of the Vatican Media Committee.

At the last meeting of the University’s GB, presided by the present Chancellor Professor Amartya Sen, in May 2015, the Board had unanimously proposed that the Chancellorship of NU be offered to Mr George Yeo.

Nalanda University joins all the Board Members in congratulating Mr Yeo on his appointment. The Board Members and the University are very happy that the Visitor, the President of India has approved his appointment.

While expressing her happiness at this development the Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal said, “I have worked very closely with Mr Yeo on many issues over the last few years and I look forward to working with him as the Chancellor now. Mr Yeo’s appointment will give the University much needed continuity at this stage of the project. We are sure that under his leadership, the University will continue to fulfil the vision of the East Asia Summit (EAS) participating countries that resulted in the establishment of Nalanda University.”

The University and the GB also greatly value Professor Amartya Sen’s leadership of the project and are happy that they will continue to have benefit of his advice in University matters as a member of the current GB.

19 November, 2013: Signing of a Statement of Intent between NU and the Government of Australia

Nalanda University and the Government of Australia signed a Statement of Intent to progress a three year arrangement under which Australia will provide up to AUD $1 million towards the establishment of a Chair of Ecology and Environment Studies at the University. The Statement was signed by Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, ViceChancellor, Nalanda University and H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India in New Delhi on 18 November, 2013 in the presence of the Mr. Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister and Ms. Julie Bishop, the visiting Foreign Minister of Australia.

The Statement notes that the two sides are confident that establishment of the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies at the University will ensure that the principles of sustainability are embedded across disciplines and sectors to ensure that the benefits of the University’s revival are shared for generations to come. It also mentions that the two sides will develop a grant arrangement by 1 March, 2014 and commencement of funding by 30 June, 2014.

29 October, 2013: EU Ambassadors visit Nalanda University

Ambassadors of four countries of the European Union, viz. Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to India visited Nalanda University at Rajgir on 28 October, 2013. They were received by Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, Vice-Chancellor, who accompanied them to a tour of the ruins of ancient Nalanda University and later to the Campus of the new University. She also briefed them about the developments in the establishment of the University and the future plans.

Dr. Sabharwal told the Ambassadors that teaching in the first two Schools, viz. the School of Ecology and Environment Studies and the School of Historical Studies will begin in the academic session 2014-15. The design of the Campus as well as the architect for the first phase of construction has been selected and construction will commence in 2014. The Vice-Chancellor also briefed them about the InterGovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on establishment of Nalanda University as an international institution which India has already signed with eight participating countries of the East Asia Summit. Several other countries have indicated interest in the MoU. This will reinforce the international character of the University. The Ambassadors hinted at the possibility of greater participation by their countries in the Nalanda University project.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed the hope that the visit of the Ambassadors will help establish close relations between the University and their countries.

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