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Academic session at Nalanda Varsity to begin from Sep 2014

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The university has decided to kick start the session with two faculties— School of Historical Studies and Archaeology and Environmental Studies and Ecology

Patna: The academic session of the proposed Nalanda University (NU) in Bihar will begin from September next year with two courses, despite procedural delays and yet-to-be decided architectural design of its buildings.

This was decided at the NU’s Board of Governors meeting held here on Monday, which was presided by the Board’s Chairman and NU Chancellor Amartya Sen.

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The two faculties with which we will start academic session are School of Historical Studies and Archaeology and Environmental Studies and Ecology, Sen said. The process for selection of faculty for the two courses has started, he said.

Sen said Nalanda should have been given the world heritage site status by the UNESCO. “It is outrageous to see that Nalanda could not get this status so far. We need cooperation at the UNESCO level as well as from the Government of India to make certain proposals. We will make the case and are determined to get Nalanda the world heritage site status.”

The board also decided to finalize the architectural designs for the university in May next. Eight firms from across the world have submitted their designs for selection, Sen said, adding civil work is likely to start from November.

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