PM Modi Inaugurates 1600-Year-Old Nalanda University's New Campus

Prime Minister said It’s a very special day for our education sector, Nalanda has a strong connect with our glorious past. This university will surely go a long way in catering to the educational needs of the youth.

PM Modi Inaugurates 1600-Year-Old Nalanda University's New Campus

Bihar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 19, 2024, unveiled the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar, marking a significant milestone in the revival of this ancient seat of learning. The event, attended by dignitaries from 17 countries, including prominent figures like External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, emphasizes the international significance of the university.

Prime Minister said It’s a very special day for our education sector, Nalanda has a strong connect with our glorious past. This university will surely go a long way in catering to the educational needs of the youth.

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The original Nalanda University, established over 1600 years ago, was one of the world's first residential universities, attracting scholars from across Asia before it was tragically destroyed by an arson attack.

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Revival and Campus Features

The new campus, designed as a 'Net Zero' Green Campus, spans 100 acres and integrates eco-friendly architecture with ancient Vaastu principles, emphasizing sustainability and environmental responsibility. Key features of the new campus include two academic blocks, two auditoriums, hostels, academic housing units for faculty, a sports complex, medical center, commercial center, and faculty club. Moreover, the campus is also set to house a library with a capacity for 300,000 books and 3,000 users by September.

The campus, with its state-of-the-art facilities, is envisioned to be self-sufficient, equipped with solar plants, water treatment facilities, water recycling plants, and vast water bodies, demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability. The new Nalanda University is conceived as a joint collaboration between India and East Asia Summit (EAS) countries, aimed at fostering educational ties and preserving historical connections, highlighting its global relevance.

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