China to help development of Nalanda International University

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China will provide all possible help for the development of Nalanda International University in Bihar, according to Chinese ambassdor to India Zhang Yan.

Yan is on two-day visit to Nalanda. He will be meeting with the chancellor and vice-chancellor of Nalanda University to discuss its development plans. He will also see the Xuan Zang memorial hall, named after the legendary Chinese traveller in Nalanda.

Earlier Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had promised a contribution of 1 million US$ for the Nalanda University during his visit to India.

The Nalanda University Bill, 2010 was passed by the Parliament to set up a central university in Nalanda district on the lines of the ancient university which was founded during fifth century A.D. and became a centre of learning for students from Southeast Asia. Nalanda was one of the world’s oldest and largest universities with over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers before Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turk invader destroyed it in 1193 A.D. Singapore, China, India and Japan had in 2006 announced a joint plan to restore and revive the ancient university as Nalanda International University. Its restoration is being by  planned and co-ordinated by Nalanda Mentor Group under the chairmanship of Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen of Harvard University. Other members of NMG include    Prof. Sugata Bose of Harvard University, Prof. Wang Banwei of Peking University,  Prof. Meghnad Desai of London School of Economics, George Yeo – Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore,  Prof. Tansen Sen of Baruch College, CUNY and Nand Kishore Singh Member of Parliament from India.