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PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Nalanda University in Bihar today

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PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Nalanda University in Bihar today

Inaugurating the new Nalanda University campus close to the old university ruins of Rajgir on Wednesday, June 19, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar. The university that once drew students from all over the world some 1,600 years ago is honored in the name of the campus.

Embassy representatives from 17 partner nations as well as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar are expected to be there, according to sources. Professor Abhay Kumar Singh, the university's acting vice-chancellor, called the event "historic" and told The Hindu, "We consider the Prime Minister's visit a very prestigious and auspicious occasion. The fact that the Prime Minister is bringing the ambassadors of the East Asia Summit nations has elevated the event. S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, will also be there. This joyous atmosphere will help Nalanda."

PM Narendra Modi's Nalanda visit

Around 9.45 a.m., Modi will visit ancient Nalanda, which was designated a UN heritage site in 2016, and around 10.30 a.m., he will inaugurate the campuses. According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), he will also deliver a speech. According to Abhay Kumar Singh, Modi's visit will increase the university's international reputation. Students at the university come from 26 different nations. The chief minister Nitish Kumar and the governor of Bihar, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, will accompany the prime minister.

In 2020, the institution relocated to a new campus featuring a blend of traditional and modern architectural design. A Net Zero area containing 100 acres of water features is part of the 455-acre site.

History of Nalanda University

APJ Abdul Kalam, the president at the time, recommended that the Bihar parliament approve a measure in 2007 that laid the groundwork for a new institution. The university was established on November 25, 2010, by a special Act of Parliament, and was granted 455 acres by the government, according to The Hindu. The university was also granted national institution status.

With just 14 students, the new institution started operations on September 1, 2014, in a temporary facility. Sushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister at the time, officially opened the temporary site in September 2014 at the International Convention Centre in Rajgir, which is 10 km from the historic city of Nalanda. In 2016, the foundation stone for the permanent campus in Rajgir's Pilkhi hamlet was laid by former president Pranab Mukherjee. In 2017, work on the new campus began.

About Nalanda University

The institution features two academic buildings with forty classrooms each, two auditoriums with 300 seats each, a hostel that can house up to 550 students, a sports complex, an international center, and a 2,000-seat amphitheater. The report also stated that it welcomes staff and students from different nations. According to The Indian Express, the university provides 137 scholarships for overseas students, short-term certificate programs, postgraduate and doctorate research courses, and other resources.