Located in the town of Rajgir, in the northern Indian state of Bihar, Nalanda is a postgraduate, research intensive, international university supported by the participating countries of the East Asia Summit. The University came into being on November 25, 2010 by a special Act of the Indian Parliament and has been designated as an “institution of national importance”.
Nalanda is inspired by the academic excellence and global vision of its historic predecessor and aspires to meet and set global standards of academic excellence and research and enable capacity building in all areas of higher learning. The University is being supported by all the Member States of the East Asia Summit and Intergovernmental Memorandums of Understanding to that effect have been signed by 17 countries.
The University seeks to recover the lost connections and partnerships that existed in the region called Asia, before the onset of historical forces that led to their dissolution. Asian cultures have multiple links that go deep into the past and are reflected in a variety of common cultural features. The re-discovery of inter-Asian linkages in recent times has led to a resurgence in discovering and building upon a shared history. Nalanda University is envisaged as an icon of this new Asian renaissance: a creative space that will be for future generations a centre of inter- civilizational dialogue.
Nalanda University contains within it a memory of the ancient Nalanda University and is premised on the shared desire of member States of the East Asia Summit countries to re-discover and re-strengthen “educational co-operation by tapping the East Asia Regions centres of excellence in education…[and] to improve regional understanding and the appreciation of one another’s heritage and history”.
History and Revival
Nalanda is a word known across the world 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 University has academic collaborations with Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Peking University (China), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI, India), European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF, France), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Netherlands) and many others.
An illustrious group of intellectuals and academicians are at the helm of Nalanda University. The University is governed by a Board and is directed by academic and administrative leaders who include the Vice Chancellor, the Deans, and Directors. Together, they ensure the fulfillment of the University’s mission, uphold its core values, and manage its operations and academic affairs.
Offices and Administration
The University presently operates out of an interim Campus in Rajgir. The Administrative Offices are located at the interim campus in Rajgir. The University also has an outreach office located in Central Delhi in Lodhi Estate.
Rajgir, District Nalanda, Bihar, India,