PM Modi Visit to inaugurates new Nalanda University

Narendra Modi in Bihar Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar, on Wednesday.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University This state-of-the-art campus is situated near the ancient ruins of Nalanda University, a historic seat of learning that was re-established through the Nalanda University Act, 2010. This Act followed a significant decision made at the second East Asia Summit in the Philippines in 2007 to revive the ancient university.

Ancient History of Nalanda University

Founded in the fifth century, Nalanda University was one of the first residential universities in the world. It attracted scholars and students from various parts of the globe, including China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. The university was a center for learning, particularly in Buddhist studies, but it also offered teachings in subjects such as logic, grammar, medicine, and mathematics. It flourished for 800 years before being destroyed in the 12th century by an invasion led by Bakhtiyar Khilji.

Revival of Nalanda University

The revival of Nalanda University is a significant cultural and educational project. The modern university began operations in 2014 from a temporary location with an initial batch of 14 students. The construction of the new, sprawling campus began in 2017, incorporating sustainable architecture and modern facilities to support academic and residential life.

Academic Programs Offered

Nalanda University now hosts six specialized schools that cater to a variety of academic interests and research areas:

  • School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions: Focuses on the study of Buddhism and comparative religions, aiming to revive the rich traditions of Nalanda.
  • School of Historical Studies: Engages in the study of history from a global perspective, including the rich history of Asia.
  • School of Ecology and Environmental Studies: Addresses critical issues related to ecology and environment through interdisciplinary research and education.
  • School of Sustainable Development and Management: Focuses on sustainable practices and development, integrating management studies with sustainability.

International Collaboration and Student Body

Nalanda University has garnered support from 17 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, and Thailand, all of which have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the institution. The university offers 137 scholarships to international students, fostering a diverse and global academic community.

The university’s international student body for the postgraduate programs of 2022-24 and 2023-25, and the PhD program of 2023-27, includes students from diverse countries such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the USA, and Zimbabwe. This multicultural environment enhances the educational experience and promotes cross-cultural understanding among students.

PM Modi Reflects on Nalanda’s Legacy and Future

PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University

Visiting the excavated remains of Nalanda was exemplary. It was an opportunity to be at one of the greatest seats of learning in the ancient world. PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University This site offers a profound glimpse into the scholarly past that once thrived here. Nalanda has created an intellectual spirit that continues to thrive in our nation,” posted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi's Visit Nalanda University
PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University

25 Years of Amritkaal are Crucial for Every Student of Nalanda University,’ Says PM Modi

These 25 years of Amritkaal are very important for the youth of India. These 25 years are equally important for every student of Nalanda University. Whatever field you go to from here, the stamp of human values of your university should be visible on you,” emphasized PM Modi, underscoring the significance of this period for personal and national development.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University

PM Modi further elaborated that Amritkaal, which marks the 25 years leading up to India’s 100th year of independence, is a crucial time for shaping the future of the nation. He encouraged students to contribute to the country’s growth by embodying the values instilled by Nalanda University.

PM Enumerates Nalanda’s Many Firsts

Prime Minister Modi highlighted several pioneering aspects of Nalanda University:

  • First University to Adopt a Unique Model: Nalanda University is the first-ever campus in India to operate on a model that integrates ancient wisdom with modern academic practices. This approach not only preserves the heritage of the ancient institution but also makes it relevant for contemporary education.
  • First International Residential University: As the first international residential university, Nalanda has set a precedent for global academic collaboration. The university fosters a diverse learning environment, attracting students and faculty from around the world.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University
  • Focus on Sustainable Development: The campus construction and academic programs emphasize sustainability, aligning with global environmental goals. The new campus, built with eco-friendly materials and sustainable practices, serves as a model for green architecture and development.
  • Integration of Interdisciplinary Studies: Nalanda University is known for its interdisciplinary approach to education. The university’s curriculum spans various fields, from Buddhist studies to ecology, promoting a holistic educational experience.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University
  • Support from Multiple Countries: Nalanda University enjoys support from 17 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, and Thailand, which have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the institution. This international backing underscores the university’s global importance and collaborative spirit.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University
  • Scholarships for International Students: The university offers 137 scholarships to international students, fostering a diverse and global academic community. These scholarships help attract talented students from around the world, enriching the cultural and intellectual fabric of the university.PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University
  • Historic and Modern Fusion: The new campus is designed to reflect a blend of historic architectural elements and modern amenities. This fusion honors the legacy of the ancient university while providing state-of-the-art facilities for students and faculty.

Nalanda University’s Vital Role in Cultural Exchange and Education

PM Modi’s Visit Nalanda University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized Nalanda University’s pivotal role in cultural exchange and education reform during his visit:

Nalanda University’s Initiatives

“Nalanda University is playing a crucial role in our cultural exchange programs. It is currently documenting various artworks from India and Southeast Asia, enriching our shared cultural heritage. Additionally, the university is establishing a Common Archival Resources Centre to preserve and promote cultural artifacts,” announced PM Modi, highlighting the university’s efforts to safeguard and showcase regional artistic treasures.

ASEAN-India University Network

“We are working to integrate Nalanda University into the ASEAN-India University Network. This initiative aims to enhance academic collaboration among leading global institutions, recognizing the rising influence of Asia in the 21st century,” stated PM Modi, underscoring the university’s strategic role in fostering regional cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Education’s Transformative Power

“Education shapes our thoughts and behaviors. Nalanda University holds a special place in India’s educational history, embodying inclusivity and knowledge dissemination. Historically, Nalanda welcomed students from diverse backgrounds, transcending geographical and social boundaries,” noted PM Modi, emphasizing the transformative impact of education on society.

PM Modi’s Tribute to Nalanda’s Legacy

“Nalanda is not just an institution but an identity, a symbol of pride and resilience. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of knowledge. Despite adversities, Nalanda continues to inspire generations, reminding us that while books may burn in flames, knowledge remains indestructible,” affirmed PM Modi, celebrating Nalanda’s rich legacy and its enduring significance in global academia.

PM Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Nalanda University

Prime Minister Modi expressed optimism about India’s development journey, stating, “I visited Nalanda within the first 10 days of starting my third term. This is not only my good fortune but also a promising sign for India’s development.”

During the inauguration of Nalanda University’s new campus, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar extended his gratitude, saying, “I welcome Prime Minister Modi, congratulate him, and thank him. I was very happy when I heard that you were coming here”

EAM Jaishankar on Nalanda University’s Significance

During the inauguration of Nalanda University’s new campus, EAM S Jaishankar emphasized its profound historical and contemporary relevance. He stated, “…Nalanda University played a pivotal role in fostering cultural and intellectual exchanges across borders, connecting our society with neighbors near and far, by land and sea.

The destruction of Nalanda marked a significant downturn in our history, impacting our capabilities, confidence, and connectivity with nations now part of the East Asia Summit. The rebuilding of Nalanda University sends multiple messages, both national and international, reaffirming our commitment to revive ancient wisdom and strengthen global academic ties.”

PM, CM Nitish, and EAM Jaishankar at Nalanda University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by EAM Dr S Jaishankar, Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar, CM Nitish Kumar, Deputy CMs Samrat Choudhary, Vijay Sinha, and dignitaries from 17 countries including ambassadors, attended the grand inauguration ceremony at the new campus of Nalanda University. The event underscored India’s dedication to promoting educational excellence and international cooperation.

PM Inaugurates New Campus of Nalanda University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the expansive new campus of Nalanda University, marking a significant milestone in the institution’s revival. The ceremony included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the symbolic planting of a sapling. This act reflects a commitment to sustainable development and educational excellence, highlighting India’s vision for the future of global education.

Nalanda University Campus Features

 Nalanda University
New Nalanda University

The new campus of Nalanda University boasts extensive facilities designed to cater to modern academic needs. It includes two academic blocks with 40 classrooms, providing a total seating capacity of around 1900 students. Additionally, the campus features two auditoriums, each accommodating 300 seats, and a student hostel with a capacity for approximately 550 students. Other amenities include an international center, an amphitheatre capable of hosting up to 2000 individuals, a faculty club, and a sports complex, among others.

PM Visits Ancient Nalanda University Ruins Site

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the ancient ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar. He is set to inaugurate the new campus of Nalanda University shortly.

‘A Red Letter Day,’ Says Nalanda University’s Vice Chancellor

Interim Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University, Prof Abhay Kumar Singh, expressed enthusiasm about the inauguration of the new campus by the Prime Minister. He remarked, “It is a great day, a red letter day because the new campus of Nalanda University is being inaugurated by the Prime Minister in the august presence of all dignitaries including the Governor of Bihar, CM, Deputy CMs, EAM S Jaishankar, and MoS.

This event marks the revival of the ancient Nalanda, renowned as the ‘Vishva Guru’ across the world. After 800 years, the campus flourishes again thanks to the Government of India’s decision, supported by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s allocation of 455 acres of land. PM Modi’s significant contributions, highlighted at global events like the G20, have been instrumental in this journey. We are excited and hopeful for Nalanda University’s renewed impact on the world stage.”

EAM Jaishankar Arrives in Gaya

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has arrived in Gaya, where he was welcomed by District Magistrate Dr. Thiyagarajan. He joins Prime Minister Narendra Modi in inaugurating the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir today. Ambassadors from 17 countries are also attending the event.

Nalanda University: A Collaboration between India and East Asia Summit Countries

Nalanda University represents a collaborative effort between India and East Asia Summit (EAS) countries, rooted deeply in history. The original Nalanda University, established around 1600 years ago, is celebrated as one of the world’s earliest residential universities.

CM Nitish to Join Nalanda University Inauguration

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has departed from Patna to join PM Modi at the inauguration of the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir later today.

PM Posts Message Before Nalanda Campus Inauguration

PM Modi shared a message ahead of the inauguration: “It’s a very special day for our education sector. At around 10:30 AM, the new campus of Nalanda University will be inaugurated at Rajgir. Nalanda has a strong connection with our glorious past. This university will surely meet the educational needs of our youth.”

Nalanda University Boasts a ‘Net Zero’ Green Campus

The new campus of Nalanda University is a ‘Net Zero’ Green Campus, designed to be self-sustaining. It features solar plants, domestic and drinking water treatment plants, a water recycling plant for reusing wastewater, 100 acres of water bodies, and numerous other eco-friendly facilities.

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