PM Modi Inaugurates New Campus of Nalanda University in Bihar

PM Modi Inaugurates New Campus of Nalanda University in Bihar


Author: Hriday Verma

Published: June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

On a momentous day for the education sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new campus of Nalanda University in Bihar’s historic town of Rajgir. The ceremony, attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and ambassadors from 17 nations, marked a significant milestone in India’s commitment to fostering academic excellence.

The historic university, named after the ancient seat of learning, aims to foster academic excellence and international collaboration.

Historical Context of Nalanda University 

Nalanda University, founded in the 5th century CE, once stood as a beacon of knowledge and scholarship. Its ancient ruins, declared a United Nations Heritage site in 2016, bore witness to the intellectual exchange that transcended borders. Now, with the unveiling of the sprawling 455-acre campus, Nalanda’s legacy is reborn.

  • Nalanda University was established in 2010 through an act of Parliament, following a decision made at the second East Asia Summit in the Philippines in 2007.
  • The university is located near the ancient ruins of Nalanda Mahavira, a World Heritage site, and continues the legacy of the original Nalanda University that flourished until the 13th century.
  • The revival of Nalanda University was proposed by former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam during his address to the Bihar Assembly.

The new campus boasts modern amenities, including two academic blocks with 40 classrooms each, two 300-seat auditoriums, and a student hostel accommodating around 550 residents. An impressive 2,000-seat amphitheater, a faculty club, and a sports complex enhance the learning environment. Nalanda University’s revival aligns with India’s commitment to global education and cultural exchange.

“A Very Special Day for Education Sector” – PM Modi

  • PM Modi emphasized the significance of the occasion, stating, “It’s a very special day for our education sector.”
  • The new campus will cater to the educational needs of the youth and contribute to academic research and cultural exchange.

International Collaboration

Nalanda University isn’t just an Indian endeavor, it’s a collaborative effort. Seventeen countries, including Australia, China, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, have participated in its establishment. This international partnership reflects the university’s vision of fostering cross-cultural understanding and academic excellence.

As the sun rises over the ancient ruins, the new Nalanda University stands as a testament to India’s enduring commitment to education, echoing the Sanskrit adage: “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” the world is one family

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