Proposed Nalanda Univ to have six schools of study

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) The proposed Nalanda University will have a secular character and will be set up through an international agreement with teaching schools in contemporary subjects including international relations, Business Management and Environment.

This was decided at the second meeting of the Nalanda Mentor Group (NMG) held in Tokyo on December 14-15.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said here today that the NMG, set up to suggest ways for reviving Nalanda as a Centre for Cultural Exchange between East Asia and South Asia, also resolved that the proposed university would be based on a global philosophy while maintaining local relevance.

The NMG, established by India and headed by Nobel Laureate Prof Amartya Sen, also examined the framework and structure of international cooperation and partnership to govern the establishment of the University and suggest the governance structure, modalities of finance and the academic scheme of the proposed University.

The members agreed that the proposed University should be an international university enjoying academic autonomy.

It would be a secular academic institution and would be established through an inter-governmental agreement between the participating countries.

The Mentor Group proposed that the University should have six schools upon its establishment. These include Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions, Historical Studies, International Relations and Peace Studies, Business Management and Development Studies, Languages and Literature and Ecology and Environmental Studies.

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