Amartya Sen has been appointed the first chancellor of the proposed Nalanda University (NU). He is also the chairman of the NU governing body. The appointment has been made by the President and it was announced by governing body member and former foreign minister of Singapore, George Yeo, after the daylong meeting.
Sen said the first two schools on ecology & environment and historical studies will start in 2014. After the approval of its architectural design, the construction work and appointment of faculty members will start simultaneously. All the members of the board, except Wang Gungwu of Singapore and Prapod Assavavirulhakarn of Thailand, attended the meeting which discussed in detail the various issues related to the NU. When asked whether he would spend more time in Nalanda as its chancellor, Sen smiled and said, “Sure.”