Nalanda University to launch the School of Linguistics and Literature in 2017-18
February 1, 2016
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.
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. The first phase of construction includes the construction of Academic & Administration Buildings, Residential Buildings for Faculty, Staff and Students Amenities Buildings, the International Centre and Sport Facilities.
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 Indian Republic Day celebrations at the University on January 26.