The School embraces a broad range of academic pursuits from natural sciences to social sciences, in order to promote education and research on the interactions between the natural environment and human activities. Rooted in the tradition of the ancient Nālandā University, the School aspires to generate critical understanding that will benefit human societies and nature. The School endeavours to be a preeminent academic institution addressing pressing local, regional and global environmental problems of our times through education, research, collaborations, and policy recommendations.
Out of a broad range of possible interest areas in the School, the present focus areas are: Human Ecology, Water Resources, Disaster Management, Food and Agriculture, Climate Change, and Energy Studies.
Students are encouraged by the faculty to take advantage of a large array of courses across disciplines offered at the School during the two years of Master’s study. Students are expected to develop interests and skills needed to approach independently, at least one of the major environmental problem areas faced by society today.
Academic interactions at the School are conducted in a collegial and creative atmosphere. Beyond classroom learning, diverse collaborative projects are encouraged. Seminars, special events, and student-organized activities are integral to the curriculum.
Campus life provides students with ample opportunities to expand classroom lessons as well as to interact with the faculty and University communities. Of special importance to Nālandā University is a cooperative relationship with the local communities in Rajgir with whom students and faculty are expected to engage with respect. Life on campus encourages a paradigm of lived philosophy melding with taught philosophy. Nālandā University is a “live-laboratory” for research and innovation in Ecology and Environment Studies and will co-create knowledge to benefit the local communities.
The Nālandā model of sustainable and inclusive development is rooted in local traditions while creating linkages between the past and present systems of knowledge. The School’s problem-solving approach requires collaboration and training from diverse fields spanning basic, natural and social sciences.
For Indian students
A minimum of three years Bachelor’s degree is required.
55% marks or equivalent from any reputed and recognised University.
For graduates from all other countries
A candidate shall be eligible for admission at Nalanda University, if he/she possesses a three year Under Graduate degree from a recognized university/institution.
If your institution uses the Grade Point Average (GPA) system you should normally have obtained or expect to obtain a GPA of at least 2.2 or above on a 4 point scale.
English Proficiency: A requirement for all candidates
The University requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language, as all courses will be conducted in English. Adherence to this requirement is strict. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are able to communicate in English at a level suitable to the Graduate Programs.
Any one of the following will be accepted as evidence of competence in English:
For graduates from non-Indian universities scores of one of the accepted English Language tests (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC,PTE,STEP).
Indian students must have completed their undergraduate education in English as the medium of instruction and examination. (A certificate to this effect is needed).
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Last updated June 1, 2016