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Special fund for Nalanda varsity in Union Budget

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The fully-residential university will commence its activities from the academic session 2013-14

nuNew Delhi: The Union budget will have a special fund provision for the upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

Khurshid said that the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University, which was ransacked in the 11th century, should be included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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“The Centre is serious about the establishment of the university,” he added.

India along with 16 countries of East Asia is involved in the project.

The university is set to begin its activities from the academic session 2013-14. The process of selection of faculty for two courses has started.

The university will be fully-residential, like the ancient Nalanda University. It will offer courses in science, philosophy and spiritualism along with social sciences.

A fifth century architectural marvel, the Nalanda University, devoted to Buddhist studies, was home to over 10,000 students and nearly 2,000 teachers.

The varsity, which existed until 1197, attracted students and scholars from South Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey.

In 1193, the university was ransacked by an army led by Bhaktiyar Khilji, a Turkish General of Qutb-ud-din-Aibak of the Slave Dynasty, the then ruler of northern India.

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