PM Modi Inaugurates Nalanda University In Bihar & Here’s All You Need To Know About This New Campus Named After The Ancient University

The campus of this new Nalanda University is a 'Net Zero' Green Campus with 100 acres of water bodies and many other environment-friendly facilities.

by Tashika Tyagi
PM Modi Inaugurates Nalanda University In Bihar & Here’s All You Need To Know About This New Campus Named After The Ancient University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar today. This new campus is located near the ruins of the ancient university that was attended by scholars more than 1,600 years ago and the PM visited the site as well before the inauguration. Read on to learn more about Nalanda University’s inauguration ceremony today and about the campus.

PM Modi Inaugurates The New Campus Of Nalanda University In Bihar

PM Narendra Modi unveiled the new campus of Nalanda University in Bihar this morning. The PM was accompanied by ambassadors from 17 countries along with Union Minister for External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for this event. Before the inauguration, the PM visited the ruins of the ancient university that is about 20 km from the new campus. This site has been declared a UN Heritage site in 2016.

Before the inauguration, the PM took to X (formerly Twitter) to share the first look of the new Nalanda University. In the post, he said today is a “very special day for our education sector.” He then mentioned how this university “will surely go a long way in catering to the educational needs of the youth.”

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Everything You Need To This New Campus In Rajgir, Bihar

Nalanda University
Image Courtesy: X/@narendramodi

Now that the new campus has been inaugurated, here are a few things you should know about Nalanda University –

  • The new campus has been built near the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University. Under the Nalanda University Act of 2010, 455 acres of land were provided to build the institution.
  • This new university campus has two academic buildings with 40 classrooms and a seating capacity of 1,900 people. It also has two 300-seat auditoriums, a hostel for around 550 students, a massive amphitheatre, and a sports complex.
  • The new campus of Nalanda University is a ‘Net Zero’ Green Campus. This means the institution’s buildings are self-sustaining. It has solar plants, domestic and drinking water treatment plants, and even a water recycling plant for reusing wastewater. Furthermore, the campus also has 100 acres of water bodies, among other environment-friendly facilities.
  • 17 countries have signed MoUs to support Nalanda University in the past few years. This includes nations like Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, New Zealand, Portugal, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
  • Nalanda University will offer 137 scholarships to international students. As per a report in Mint, it will have six schools – the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions, Historical Studies, Ecology and Environmental Studies, and Sustainable Development and Management.
  • As per a report in Hindustan Times, the university will have postgraduate and doctoral research courses, and short-term certificate courses as well.

It is heartening to see how the rich and ancient history of our country is not forgotten. Even a millennium later, people remember the greatness of this university. We can’t wait to see how this new campus will flourish and improve the education sector of our country.

Cover Image Courtesy: X/@narendramodi

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