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Nalanda University Reopens Its doors

Nalanda University Reopens Its doors
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Founded sometime in the 5th century, Nalanda existed long before Harvard and Cambridge were set up. The revived Nalanda University, an ancient...

PATNA: Founded sometime in the 5th century, Nalanda existed long before Harvard and Cambridge were set up. The revived Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar which has attracted over 1,000 applications from around the world, began its first academic session from September 1 with 15 students, including five women, and 10 faculty members, its vice-chancellor said.

"We are ready to start the academic session of Nalanda University Monday," vice-chancellor Gopa Sabhrawal told IANS.

Sabhrawal said a three-day student orientation programme for the School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology for the first session 2014-15 commenced on Friday in the makeshift campus at the Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir, about 100 km from Patna. The university will come up in Rajgir, 12 km from where the ancient Nalanda Univeristy stood till the 12th century, when it was razed by an invading Turkish army.

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