Nalanda University

Introduction

Nalanda is a word known across the world and for centuries. It stands for a university which attracted students and scholars from across Asia and even farther away. It was a centre of excellence not only for Buddhist studies and philosophy but for medicine and mathematics as well. After teaching thousands of students for centuries, Nalanda ceased its existence just as universities were opening up in Bologna, Paris and Oxford at the beginning of the second millennium CE. The shift of centres of knowledge from East to West was symbolic of the eventual transfer of power which followed within half a millennium.

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There is now a perfect opportunity to recreate the hallowed universalism of Nalanda as a centre of knowledge. The second millennium CE ended with a tremendous resurgence of Asia after centuries of stagnation, division and decline. Asia is today synonymous with a dynamic entrepreneurial and innovative culture, based on knowledge and enterprise not forgetful of its past yet not afraid to face the future. Asian countries are coming together to forge a continent based on the foundations of peace and harmony. The decision of the East Asian Summit in 2007, at its meeting in Cebu, Philippines, to endorse the plan to re-establish the Nalanda University underscores the commitment to these values.

Our challenge is to match the excellence of Nalanda of the first millennium CE for the third millennium CE. A university of the third millennium has to be universalist in its outlook, open to currents of thought and practice from around the globe, and it has to respond to the needs of a world which has miles to travel before it can ensure peace and prosperity with equity and hope for all the people of the world.

Above all, Nalanda must be a centre of knowledge and a most excellent one. Its primary function must be to harness the best talents for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge as well as for the recovery and restoration of valuable old insights which have suffered unintended neglect. Nalanda has to be open to students from across the world chosen for their desire for and capacity to absorb knowledge in diverse fields. It must have once again, as it did before, the best scholars and researchers to create and recreate knowledge. It must afford them a vibrant living environment which will also be suitable for the nurture of the next generation – the children of those creating and recreating the centre of excellence. It must be adapted to the rhythm of Nature where it is located and enrich the lives of the people in the neighbourhood.

Nalanda will be new but it will aspire to be as good as its old self, if not better. Its name must reverberate across the world as a place where people go to seek as well as to add to the fund of knowledge and to go away from it disseminating its fruits everywhere. It must draw upon the best resources of Asia and indeed the world and repay manifold in the coinage of new and valuable insights on making the world better for all.

ADMISSIONS 2015-2016

Applications are invited for two-year residential post- graduate programmes in the following Schools of Nalanda University:

  • School of Historical Studies
  • School of Ecology and Environment Studies

Nalanda University is an Initiative of the Government of India supported by East Asia Summit Countries; a revival university whose predecessor was the oldest university in the world. It is a designated Institution of National importance.

Be a part of this unique research intensive international University which offers:

  • An environment that is truly trans-cultural and trans-national
  • Inter-disciplinary and experiential learning
  • Truly distinguished international faculty
  • An opportunity to experience our historically and environmentally rich campus in Rajgir, Bihar, India. And to participate in the evolution and construction of an amazing net zero campus.

Last date for applications for the first round of admissions is Apr 1. 2015.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Masters in Ecology and Environment Studies

Campus Full time August 2016 India Patna

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 [+]

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. Entry Requirements 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). [-]

Masters in Historical Studies

Campus Full time July 2017 India Delhi

The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students. SHS engages in a programme of rigorous enquiry into fundamental questions that address historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The [+]

The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students. SHS engages in a programme of rigorous enquiry into fundamental questions that address historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The School is dedicated to opening new frontiers of knowledge on interconnections between time, memory and history in Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts. The focus areas of the School draw their inspiration from the legacy of ancient Nalanda and its historical links with many in countries in Asia and beyond. They are Asian interconnections, archaeology, art history, global history and economic history. SHS offers an M.A., and is developing its M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes that focus upon global and comparative history. It also offers internationally competitive programs in Asian and world history, and, as is evident from the research profiles of its faculty, is uniquely poised to study the history of these regions from comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. Students in the School of Historical Studies will gain an incisive understanding of comparative and trans-regional history. They will also acquire knowledge of global history through a rigorous engagement in methodological and theoretical perspectives critical for multidisciplinary historical research. SHS seeks to equip students with the required skill and capability to carry out original and innovative research based on archaeological findings, archival sources in classical and modern languages, and field research. Entry Requirements 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 3.2 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). [-]