The upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar has received a large number of applications from foreign scholars and teachers for faculty positions, said an official from the University on 27 February 2014.
The process for recruitment of the faculty staff for the varsity has started and around 500 applications have been received so far for the 20 posts, decided to be filled initially.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Gopa Sabharwal, said that around 22 per cent of the total applications received so far for faculty posts such as professors, associate professors and assistant professors is from foreign scholars and teachers.
Initially, the University will start functioning with two schools -- School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology, commencing from August-September 2014.
The faculty recruitment is on the process for 20 faculty members, 10 for each school," said Sabharwal, adding that the recruitment process will be completed by March-end or early April 2014.
After that only, the university will notify for the enrolment of student. "Initially, only 15 to 20 students will be enrolled in each school," she said.
The university is set to come up on 446 acres about 100 km southeast of Patna.
The new Nalanda University is set to be raised within a 446-acre campus in Rajgir, 10 km from the site of the ancient university in Nalanda. Due to be completed by 2020, this residential university will have, as planned, seven schools - all for postgraduate and doctorate students.
Like the ancient Nalanda University, the modern centre of excellence will be fully residential, and will offer courses in science, philosophy and spiritualism and social sciences.