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Amartya has 'Nobel' ideas for Nalanda University


Jemima Rohekar,CNN-IBN
Dec 20, 2007 at 07:20pm IST

Nalanda/ Patna: Home to over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers from China, Japan and even Turkey and Persia, the Nalanda University was one of the first great universities in recorded history.

For centuries the university has languished as a footnote of history but Nobel laureate Amartya Sen wants to change that.

"Manmohan Singh has also shown interest in the project and he is trying to cooperate with different countries,” says Sen.

Japan will fund part of the 400-acre project, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will be the university's first visitor and Sen has his vision ready.

"Not so much of natural sciences and engineering but more like Buddhist studies, international and environment. It will be an international university free of government controls,’ says Sen.

The university is also top priority for Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who is himself from Nalanda and has represented the constituency several times in Parliament and assembly.

If Sen has his way, then 1,000 kilometre from the hustle bustle of Delhi, Nalanda in Bihar will regain it glory and return to its position as one of the finest universities in the world.

(With inputs from Rajiv Kumar & Prabhakar Kumar)

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