Nalanda University, which is taking shape presently around the ruins of the ancient institution in Bihar, is geared up to start its academic courses from the next month in two of its schools. The two schools, Schools of Historical Studies and Ecology and Environment Studies are ready to take students and would begin its academic year from September 2014.
Last year, during the East Asia Summit (EAS) conducted in Brunei, India had signed agreements with seven countries that had committed to pledge support for the ambitious Nalanda University project, for which India was preparing for a long time. The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed by seven countries namely, Australia, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Lao PDR and Myanmar.
For overall demographic and developmental impact in all the EAS (East Asia Summit) nations, the Nalanda University can serve as a tool for cooperation in education sector. The EAS members are expected to agree on some equivalence of qualifications over the issue of the Nalanda University and running of its academic courses.
Transfer of learning, both with students and faculty exchanges from one country to the other, are on the top priority. There are other short-term courses and credit based programmes that are scheduled to take off from the University with the help of other ASEAN members which include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has rooted the plans to revive the glorified and ancient Nalanda University way back in 2005. The project is finally taking shape with holding hands of stalwarts like Amartya Sen. The University is being built near the ruins of the ancient academy in Bihar with no change in the name of the university.