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Nalanda University began their first new session
The Nalanda University (NU) start its academic session from 1st of September in Rajgir, Bihar.
 
More than 1,000 students from 40 countries have sought admission at the university.
 
NU Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal told to PTI that, "We will have a low-key launch with classes for School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and School of Historical Studies. Right now, there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus."
 
Gopi Sabharwal also said that there were two reasons for starting on a small note as she wanted the students and teachers to settle down. She said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would visit the campus on September 14. She also added in her word that, "We have decided to have a big function when Mrs Swaraj visits NU on September 14. By that time things will settle down and the media glare will also decrease to some extent." 
 
"More than a 1,000 students from various countries across the globe had applied for the seven schools on different subjects that will function at the university, of which only 15, including one each from Japan and Bhutan, were selected," Gopi Sabharwal explained.
 
The NU campus will be spread over 455 acres and its construction is underway around 12 km from the site of the ancient university, which began during the Gupta period in 6th century AD and came to an end after being ransacked, looted and burnt in 1193 AD by the invading Turk army led by its commander Bakhtiyar Khilji.
 
Vice Chancellor said, as the NU buildings are still under construction, the students and faculty members have been housed at Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) owned Hotel Tathagat Vihar.
 
NU has strived to have a global character and several countries already signing agreements and pitching in with funds. China contributed one million dollars in 2011, which will be used to establish a library at the campus, Dr Sabharwal said.
 
Singapore, the prime foreign mover for the university has pledged around $5 million, while the Thailand Ambassador to India donated $1,00,000, the V-C said adding Australia would provide 1 million Australian dollars for a chair at the School of Ecology and Environment studies for three years.
 
Apart from all the foreign contributions, the Central government has sanctioned Rs 2,700 crore for a period of 10 years.
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