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Nalanda University was one of the world's first residential university as it had dormitories for students. It is also one of the most famous universities. In its heyday, it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers The university was considered an architectural masterpiece, and was marked by a lofty wall and one gate. Nalanda had eight separate compounds and ten temples, along with many other meditation halls and classrooms. On the grounds were lakes and parks. The library was located in a nine storied building where meticulous copies of texts were produced.
The Tang Dynasty Chinese pilgrim and scholar Xuanzang studied, taught and spent nearly 15 years at Nalanda University. He has left detailed accounts of the university in the 7th century. Yijing has also left information about the other kingdoms lying on the route between China and the Nālandā university. He was responsible for the translation of a large number of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Chinese.
According to records of history, Nalanda University was destroyed three times by invaders, but only rebuilt twice
Japan and Singapore are financing the construction work, with contributions totalling around US$100 million.Gopa Sabharwal has been appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of this university in February 2011.
It has been estimated that US$500m will be required to build the new facility, with a further US$500m needed to sufficiently improve the surrounding infrastructure. The group is looking for donations from governments, private individuals and religious groups.
The State Government of Bihar handed over 443 acres of sprawling land acquired from local people, to the University, where construction work has begun. It is a dream project of the former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam
For best architectural design, a global competition was held for construction of an international state-of-the-art institution.Vastu Shilpa Consultants have been selected as the winner of the design competition with dbHMS providing the triple net-zero energy, water and waste strategic plan
Classes for the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and the School of Historical Studies beginning at 9am. Right now there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus.Sabharwal said there were two reasons for starting on a small note as she wanted the students and teachers to settle down, and that Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would be visiting on September 14.
More than a thousand students from various countries across the globe had applied for the seven schools on different subjects that will function at the university, of which only 15, including one each from Japan and Bhutan, were selected
The NU came into existence by the Nalanda University Act passed by Parliament. Economist Amartya Sen is the Chairman of the Governing Body of the university, while renowned teachers from various countries are its members
Amartya Sen – Professor at Harvard University.
Sugata Bose – Professor at Harvard University.
Wang Bangwei – Professor at Peking University.
Wang Gungwu – Professor at National University of Singapore.
Susumu Nakanishi – Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.
Meghnad Desai – Emeritus Professor at London School of Economics.
Prapod Assavavirulhakarn – Professor at Chulalongkorn University.
George Yeo – Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
Tansen Sen – Associate Professor at Baruch College, CUNY.
Nand Kishore Singh – Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha, India.
Chandan Hareram Kharwar – Pune university – India.
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: f0xbat
Kinda like what the Christians did to the library at Alexandria. ....But this is SO cool - did some quick research on the history (good Wiki article btw) - dtermined that Nalanda is in India (not China as some earlier poster said) - and that it was kind of taken over by Buddhists at the end.
This place makes me want to go back in time! I want to know more.
...Imagine this place with people of various background buzzing around and sharing their knowledge on a subject matter. Simply divine!