Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Kalam?s gift to Patna: from ruins, new Nalanda campus

To bring back to life the glory of ancient Nalanda, the Centre has proposed an international university in collaboration with select Asian countries. Disclosing this during his address to the joint session of the Bihar legislature today, President A P J Abdul Kalam said ?it?s a great opportunity for Bihar to house a major universal institute of learning that can be a beacon of light for the world.?

Listing ?Renaissance: Nalanda International University? as one of the ten measures to put Bihar on the road to prosperity by 2015, Kalam said the new university will be known as Bodhgaya Nalanda Indo-Asian Institute of Learning.
?To recapture the past glory in the modern context, in keeping with Buddha?s teaching of seeking knowledge in a holistic way, it has been proposed to establish a Bodhgaya Nalanda Indo-Asian Institute of Learning in partnership with select Asian countries?, Kalam said.
The government will help set up the university but a group of professionals from Singapore and India will independently manage the institute. There will also be a provision to add other Asian countries, Kalam said.
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