Nalanda University reopens
Eight hundred years after it was razed to the ground by invading armies, Nalanda University threw open its doors to its first batch of students on September 1. The university began its first academic session with 15 students, including five women, and 10 faculty members. It had attracted over 1,000 applications from around the world. The selection process of more students is still underway. Those selected ones will be housed in Hotel Tathagat, owned by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) in Rajgir. The classes will be held in the nearby convention hall of the state government. The fully-residential university, to be completed by 2020, will eventually have seven schools, all for post-graduate and doctoral students, offering courses in science, philosophy and spirituality and social sciences. The largest university of the ancient world, NU was a renowned centre of learning which provided understanding of Buddhist teachings, astronomy, architecture, the arts, metallurgy, etc.