Rajgir: Nalanda University celebrated its first convocation ceremony yesterday (27 August 2016) in Rajgir. The President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee delivered the convocation address and laid the foundations stone of the university’s new campus at Rajgir, Nalanda.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said as Visitor to Nalanda University, “It is his hope that this University will truly attain the status of Nalanda of yore. There are many practices of ancient Nalanda which are worthy of emulation by the new Nalanda. One of the most important characteristics of ancient Nalanda was that it was an international institution where inter-Asian connections, in particular, flourished. Chinese monks like Xuan Zang, Yijing and Huichao among others visited, lived, studied and taught in Nalanda.”
While his speech, the President recalled civilization of India how renowned seats of learning like Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri were magnets which attracted scholars from all over the world. He said “They stood at the crossroads of many civilizations and spread knowledge far and wide. Sadly, India’s modern day universities are yet to reach the top position in world rankings. We must work towards regaining that glory of the past.”
The Nalanda University has around 125 students including about 25 foreign students from countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Brazil. Nalanda has established linkages of various kinds with many leading educational institutions around the world. The University has also signed MoU with Peking University during.
At the first Convocation Ceremony Bihar Governor Mr Ramnath Kovind and Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar were also present.