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Courses to commence next month at Nalanda varsity

Courses to commence next month at Nalanda varsity
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Courses to commence next month at Nalanda varsity, The first two schools of Nalanda University, which is being built near the ruins of the ancient...

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar): The first two schools of Nalanda University, which is being built near the ruins of the ancient academic institution in Bihar with assistance from a number of ASEAN member countries, will commence its courses from next month.

In her address at the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "The first two schools of Nalanda University, the Schools of Historical Studies and Ecology and Environment Studies, will begin programmes from the academic year starting September 2014.

"We would like to welcome students from the EAS countries to these schools," she said.

India had signed agreements with seven countries in October last year during the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Brunei and the countries had pledged their commitment to the ambitious Nalanda University project.

The Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed with Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Talking about cooperation in education sector, Swaraj in her address said cooperation in education amongst EAS countries can have both a demographic as also a developmental impact.

Swaraj had arrived here to participate in the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting, East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting and ASEAN Regional Forum Meeting. The 10 ASEAN nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The idea to revive Nalanda University was first mooted in 2005 by then President A P J Abdul Kalam. The university is being built near the ruins of the historic academic place by the same name in Bihar and those involved with this project include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

Indian government had enacted the Nalanda University Act, 2010 to implement the decisions arrived at the Second East Asia Summit held in January, 2007 in the Philippines and subsequently at the Fourth East Asia Summit in Thailand for establishment of the Nalanda University.

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