posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 02:06 PM
One of the most ancient universities (427 - 1197 BCE) in the world to be rebuilt and opened by 2013.
Nalanda was one of the world's first residential universities, i.e., 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 subjects taught at
Nalanda University covered every field of learning, and it attracted pupils and scholars from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and
Turkey. During the period of Harsha (Indian Ruler) the monastery is reported to have owned 200 villages given as grants.