Nalanda University begins its first classes after centuries

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Patna, Sept 1:The centuries old Nalanda University will see break of the dawn again.

With the central government and various other international governments pitching in for the reconstruction of the university, the later has already launched its first classes at 9 am today. The ancient university had attracted

students from across the world and it still has drwan applications globally. However, the start is low-keyed in many ways with just 15 students and 11 faculty members. The new classes will begin at its newly established campus at Rajgir.

The event will also mark the culmination of an idea proposed by former President APJ Abdul Kalam while addressing a joint session of Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in 2006.

NU Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal said,"We will have a low-key launch with classes for the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and the School of Historical Studies beginning at 9 AM today. Right now there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus."

She further added that the reason behind the small note start was that she wanted the students and the teachers to have settled down and that External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would be visiting the campus on September 14.

Dr Sabharwal said,"We have decided to have a big function when Mrs Swaraj visits NU on September 14. By that time things will settle down and the media glare will also decrease to some extent."

According to NDTV, the university completed its 3-day orientation programmes of the students on Sunday.

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