The ‘resurrected’ Nalanda University’s first chancellor Amartya Sen has announced that NU would start two new schools of study, economics and management studies and public healthcare, from the next academic session. The historical Nalanda University re-opened its academic activities in September this year with introducing two postgraduate courses in Ecology and Environment and Historical Studies.
The newly appointed Chancellor of the university Amartya Sen believes that the PG courses in the public healthcare would help improve the healthcare sector in India as systematic education and public healthcare has long been neglected in this country and the new programme in NU would help improve the situation. The historical and prestigious academic ambience of Nalanda University is a tough job to regain but Amartya Sen feels it to be a good start for them to achieve the same status for the university in the near future.
In his recent visit to the state after taking responsibility as the chancellor of the university he met the present Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and former CM Nitish Kumar to discuss further the future of the university. Amartya Sen interacted with the teachers and students in the university and felt the atmosphere quite warm and dynamic which reminded him of his own student life.
Amartya Sen said “the School of Ecology and Environment Studies was started keeping in view the challenge before Bihar in particular and India in general, posed by the environmental issues.”