The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in a systematic and rigorous inquiry into some of the fundamental questions that concern historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The thrust areas of the School, Asian Interconnections, Anthropology, East Asian History, Cultural History, Oral History, Economic History and History of Science - are built on the foundation of ancient Nalanda. The new Nalanda University chiefly plays a role as a conduit of India's vibrant intellectual, religious and economic linkages with the world, and the aim of the School Of Historical Studies is to open new frontiers of knowledge on Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts. Faculty members combine a rich variety of methodologies and disciplinary backgrounds to bear on their research and teaching of history including anthropology, sociology, archaeology, religious studies, philosophy, economic history, political science, philology, visual studies, and art history. Students in the School develop critical understandings of cultural-political histories, economic histories, intellectual histories, oral and visual histories, history of science, and religious histories.