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Nalanda University signs MoU with South Korean academy !!

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between Nalanda University and Academy of South Korean Studies in Patna for academic linkages and collaborations. The vice-chancellors of both the universities were present.

“South Korea is one of the 17 countries that have signed inter-governmental MoU for supporting Nalanda University. We are really pleased to enter into this academic collaboration with AKS, which is one of the leading universities of South Korea, established by the Ministry of Education & Science Technology. The MoU is a testament to Nalanda’s commitment to building inter-Asian linkages,” Professor Sunaina Singh, the newly appointed V-C of Nalanda University said.

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The two universities agreed to enhance their bilateral ties through joint research programmes, faculty and student exchange, mutual sharing of data, academic research/education, joint teaching, cooperation in other areas to accomplish the purpose of the MoU. The MoU will be in eff…

Nalanda University shall be Icon of Asian Renaissance, Says new VC Sunaina Singh !!

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Vice Chancellor Sunaina Singh on Friday said she envisions Nalanda University as an intellectual bridge between India, Asia as well as Asia-Pacific countries. Sunaina Singh, who took over as the Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University on May 15, 2017 said this while interacting with media here in Bihar’s Nalanda district, about 100 km from capital Patna.

She also said that Nalanda would be a symbol of India’s soft power.

“Efforts will be to strive to build Nalanda as an icon of Asian Renaissance. The 21st century belongs to Asia and Nalanda will be an example of this resurgence,” she said.

Talking about future roadmap of Nalanda University she said her focus will be on five major areas: expansion of departments and schools, streamlining administration, improving infrastructure, capacity building and library.

Elaborating further on expansion of schools she said, “We need to build more schools and departments for academic excellence. The School of Linguistics and Literature and the Schoo…

Nalanda University signs MOU with Japan’s Kanazawa University !!

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Nalanda University and Kanazawa University of Japan on Friday to promote and develop cooperation through the exchange of faculty members, research fellows, students, academic material, publications and information.
“India and Japan are ancient civilizations, bound by close cultural ties, and Nalanda played a crucial role in this civilizational dialogue. Since Nalanda University has the mandate to rediscover the threads of inter-Asian connection, our MoU with Kanazawa University holds immense significance” Nalanda’s Interim Vice Chancellor, Pankaj Mohan, said at the signing of the MOU with Kanazawa University’s Head of the School of Humanities, Mori Masahide.


The two universities will also conduct joint research projects and will organise symposiums together, the university informed. Registrar K Chandramoorthi said that they were pleased to collaborate with “a 50-year-old National University of Japan whose roots can be traced…

Nalanda and New Varsities Give Impetus to Higher Education in Bihar !

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With as many as four new universities in the offing, the total number of universities in Bihar is likely to reach 24, thereby paving the way for enhancement of gross enrolment ratio in higher education.
Bills pertaining to creation of Patliputra University, Purnia University and Bihar Animal Sciences University were passed by the state legislature in August last year and official gazettes for the same were also published subsequently.

Furthermore, the state cabinet recently gave its nod for Munger University. All these new universities are expected to lighten the burden of the existing overcrowded parent universities and ensure smooth conduct of academic activities in colleges and university departments.

Carved out of Magadh University, the largest one in the state, the new Patliputra University with its headquarters in Patna, will have the colleges located in Patna and Nalanda districts. For the time being, the new university is expected to function from the MU's existing branch…

Nalanda University Gets a New Vice Chancellor !

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With the post lying vacant for the past four months following the end of the tenure of Gopa Sabharwal, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday announced his decision to appoint Sunaina Singh, the sitting Vice Chancellor (VC) of Hyderabad English and Foreign Language University, as the new VC of Nalanda University in Bihar.
Sabharwal, whose five-year term ended in 2015, was given an extension of one year but that was revoked by President Mukherjee who, instead appointed Pankaj Mohan, a senior professor at the Nalanda University, as the interim Vice Chancellor of the university.

Sunaina Singh was chosen from an initial list of 125 applications. She made the first short list of six candidates and later an even shorter list of three candidates, former Rajya Sabha MP and a member of the Nalanda University governing body, N K Singh said.

Since its revival, Nalanda University has been marred with one controversies or other involving bruised egos of office holders and general administrative fai…

Nitish Kumar Urges Centre to Maintain the Autonomy of Nalanda University !!

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Nalanda University’s chancellor George Yeo had recently resigned from his post, because government had dissolved the previous governing board of the university without taking him into confidence. Regarding this, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has written a 2 page letter to External Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, stating that the NDA government should not change the motive behind the idea of establishing the new Nalanda. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was not happy with this step and said that center needs to consult with all the members of distinguished academicians and stakeholders before taking such a decision.

Nitish Kumar said that Centre should keep in mind that how state government has decided to recreate the Nalanda university fame as it was in the ancient times and establish a new Nalanda university in Bihar.

In 2007 Bihar government enacted a state law on Nalanda University and requested the Central government to take control of the university.  “In 2010 when Central Act on Nalanda Univ…

RSS- Backed Academicians Tipped to Head Nalanda University !!

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The Nalanda University, set up to become an international institution of national repute, is likely to get a right tilt as academicians with RSS affiliations are tipped to become chancellor and vice-chancellor (VC) of the varsity.


Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, is the frontrunner to take over the reins of the varsity as its chancellor. The appointment of Rao, a history professor at the Kakatiya University in Telangana, as chairman of ICHR in 2014 invited criticism from professional historians who saw it as the Narendra Modi-led government’s attempt to rewrite history.


“The appointment of the chancellor is expected in January as his appointment is required for the VC’s appointment,” Ministry of External Affairs officials said. The process to appoint a VC started in November as the term of then VC Gopa Sabharwal was to end on November 24.


The university has received 160 applications for the position, and the frontrunners for the po…