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Dr Vijay Bhatkar appointed as Chancellor of Nalanda University

Jan 29, 2017 08:03 IST

president appointed nalanda university chancellor= President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Dr Vijay Bhatkar as the Chancellor of Nalanda University with effect from 25 January 2017.

Dr. Bhatkar will hold the office for a term of three years from the date of his appointment as provided under the Section 11 (3) of the Nalanda University Act, 2010.

About Dr Vijay Bhatkar

• He is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India.

• He is best known as the architect of India's first supercomputer PARAM.

• He is the founding Executive Director of C-DAC, India's national initiative in super computing.

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• He is credited with the creation of several national institutions like C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.

About Nalanda University

• The revived university is located at Rajgir in Nalanda District in Bihar.

• It is a non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution mandated to be engaged in the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies.

• It was established through Nalanda University Act, 2010 and formally inaugurated on 19 September 2014.

• The President of India is the Visitor of the Nalanda University.

About ancient Nalanda University

• The ancient Nalanda University was established in 427 AD during the reign of Gupta king Sakraditya.

• It was destroyed in 1193 AD by the Turkish army of the Bakhtiyar Khilji.

• Khilji was the military general of Qutb-ud-din Aibak’s army.

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