New delhi: Nalanda University is set to begin its first session from September 1, 2014, around seven years after the plan came into existence in 2007. As per the long-term plan Masters, M Phil and PhD degree courses will be offered across seven schools: Historical Studies, Ecology and Environment Studies, Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions, Linguistics and Literature, International Relations and Peace Studies, Information Science and Technology and Economics and Management.
For the session beginning September 2014, two schools will be launched (School of Historical Studies and School of Ecology and Environment Studies) with 20 students each. Aspirants have applied from across the world, both within India and from outside.
Nalanda University CEO Anjana Sharma said that they believe in interdisciplinary studies and there would be no department barriers between the schools. She further added that the first batch of the faculty will be called as the founding faculty with 20 faculty members per school. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen leads the high-powered Governing Committee, which includes reputed academics. The Governing Committee will meet on July 19 and July 20, 2014 to finalise the names of faculty.
The architecture of the university has been inspired from the 5th century style, but is being built in a modern style. A total of 79 architects applied for the project, but only eight were selected out of those.
Nalanda University is surrounded by 200 villages out of which five neighboring villages will be included in the plan of the final campus. A temporary campus has been built for students and international resident faculty till then, keeping security in mind. After the Governing Committee meeting on July 19 and July 20, the faculty which be working in the university will be moved to Rajgir.