Academic activities begin at Nalanda University after 800 yrsby The Daily Eye Team September 13 2014, 6:54 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 44 secs
Academic activities began at Nalanda University at Rajgir on Tuesday, more than eight centuries after the ancient university was destroyed by a medieval ruler. Out of the 15 students enrolled in the university so far, nine attended classes on the inaugural day in the departments of environmental studies and history, the two subjects which will be taught here in the first session. The students were welcomed in person by Vice-chancellor Gopa Sabharwal, who also greeted the teachers and staff to the reborn university amid enthusiasm by those present at the occasion.
The students who attended the inaugural classes were Arun Gandhi, Lubna Khan, Ranjit Kumar, Jyotimoy Kandula, Nawang (Bhutan), Asi Alawat, Yakiro Nakamora (Japan), Daniel and Sanah Salah. The six teachers were Mihir Dev (Delhi), Somnath Bandopadhyaya (Delhi), Samuel Wright (California), Yin Ker (Malaysia), Kashyap Ghani (Kolkata) and Shrawan Mukherji (Kolkata), university sources said.