Nalanda University poised to regain its ancient glory as a world-renowned Centre of Excellence in Buddhist studies


The Nalanda University is Bihar's Rajgir district is modelled after the ancient one

The Nalanda University in Bihar's Rajgir district, which started functioning from 2014 is now coming into its own. This is evident as one finds students from different countries, including Myanmar and Bhutan as well as from varied corners of the country coming to study in its campus.

Just like its ancient version -- a Buddhist university which was well-known across Asia 15 centuries ago -- the present institution, too, is seen as a campus with an international attribute connecting students from South and Southeast Asian countries.

The 443-acre campus of the present university is modelled after the ancient one. Designed by architect Rajeev Kathpalia and his team at Vastushilpa Consultants, the plan for the new campus was made after thoroughly studying the ruins of Nalanda.

The structures in the campus will house the administrative block, faculty section, auditorium, shopping complex, accommodation for faculty and students, auditorium, amphitheatre, prayer and meditation rooms.

The five functional schools at the University include Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion; Historical Studies; Ecology and Environmental Studies; Languages and Literature/Humanities; and Management Studies.

Keeping in tune with the ancient Nalanda tradition, the university will be a residential campus with the students and teachers staying on the campus.