Renowned learning centre Nalanda University reopened after 800 years
PATNA: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday
inaugurated the revived Nalanda University, renowned as a centre for learning
till it was burnt down 800 years ago by an invading Turkish army.
Swaraj said it was a matter of pride for her to
inaugurate the academic session of the university after a gap of over 800
years. “I am really upbeat that I got this opportunity…,” she said at an event
held in the Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir in Nalanda district, about 100 km
The university will be built in Rajgir, 12 km from
where the ancient Nalanda University stood till the 12th century.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also accompanied
her. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former deputy chief
minister Sushil Kumar Modi was also present.
However, former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who
played a major role in setting up the university, was not invited, university
According to the university Vice Chancellor Gopa
Sabhrawal, ambassadors of Singapore, Thailand and representatives of other
countries involved in setting up the university were present at the function. Classes
at the varsity started September 1 with 15 students and half-a-dozen faculty