Nalanda is a word known to 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. 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.
Establishment of Nalanda University
Nalanda University was established following the passage of Nalanda University Act 2010 in both houses of the Indian Parliament. The Academic operations at the University started in September 2010.
Legacy of Predecessor
Since the hallmark of the Ancient Nalanda University was its internationalism, the new Nalanda is also premised on the same. It is a revival University which takes its name from its ancient predecessor which remains the oldest known centre of organized higher education in the world. Given the huge resonance of Nalanda especially in East Asia, it was decided that a new Nalanda is established close to the site of the original.
Mandate for Nalanda University
It is an International University charter and also a research University open to post-graduate studies and above.This University has been designated an institution of importance by the government of India.
Owing to the International character of the University, it was imperative that the pedagogy of delivering knowledge at Nalanda should be unique and global.The diverse members of the Academic Board, Faculty and Students from different parts of the world act as a catalyst in achieving this feat.
Applications are invited for two-year residential postgraduate programmes in the following Schools of Nalanda University:
- School of Historical Studies
- School of Ecology and Environment Studies
- School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions
The University follows Rolling Admissions. The university evaluates applications, by shortlisting and interviewing the candidates at regular intervals. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from January 2017 onward. The candidates appearing in their final examination of their Bachelor’s degree in 2017 may also register for Admission.The seats are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications help in securing the seat in the School and accommodation of choice. To avoid disappointment on these fronts it is advisable to apply for admissions at the earliest. Graduate studies at Nalanda University are intense and intellectually demanding. Applicants should be prepared to immerse themselves in a rigorous academic schedule that involves both classroom and fieldwork.
The last date for applications for the first round of admissions is Apr 1. 2017.
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