Amartya Sen seeks best talent to revive Nalanda varsity

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Beijing: Nalanda, Indian ancient school of learning, is being revived under an international initiative by the East Asia Summit.

The Governing Board of the proposed Nalanda University met in Beijing to discuss the future of the institution.

Nobel Laureaute Amartya Sen, the head of governing board of the proposed Nalanda University, said that there was resistance for a non-parochial global understanding as the basis of the new institution that is being revived with the involvement of many countries including China, Singapore and Japan.

Amartya Sen wants it to be a world class institution reflecting the best talent from around the globe.

“The commitment to learn from institutions across the world is something that must be kept in mind in the effort to recreate the 11th century university, which attracted scholars and educators from across the world,” he said at a conference to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the renowned Indologist, professor Ji Xianlin.

China has assured support to revive the 11th century centre of learning.

Sen pointed out that none of the Indian universities appeared in the top 200 universities determined by a survey this month and said the effort at Nalanda was to create a world class institution brining in the best of talent from all countries.

The varsity was to start functioning from 2013 academic session. But Amartya Sen blamed ‘over bureaucratic control’ and ‘difficulty’ in getting funds for the delay in setting up the varsity.