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Prime Minister Modi Launches New Nalanda University Campus in Bihar

Nalanda University Campus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar. This significant event marks a collaborative effort between India and East Asia Summit (EAS) countries. The ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests, including the heads of missions from 17 countries, and featured the Prime Minister planting a ceremonial sapling.

In his address, Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight at visiting Nalanda shortly after beginning his third term, considering it a positive sign for India’s development. “Nalanda is not just a name, it is an identity, a regard. Nalanda is the root, it is the mantra. Nalanda is the proclamation of the truth that knowledge cannot be destroyed even though books would burn in a fire,” he remarked. He emphasized that the new university heralds a golden era for India.

Modi highlighted Nalanda’s revival near its ancient ruins as a testament to India’s ability to rejuvenate its historical legacy and contribute to global progress. He acknowledged the contributions of various nations to the Nalanda project, praising the determination of Bihar’s people to restore the university’s historical glory.

Emphasizing Nalanda’s heritage as a global center of knowledge, the Prime Minister noted that students from over 20 countries are already studying at the university, exemplifying the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘the world is one family’. He highlighted India’s tradition of using education for human welfare and mentioned the upcoming International Yoga Day as an example of India sharing its cultural heritage globally.

Modi underscored the university’s commitment to sustainability with its Net Zero Energy, Emission, Water, and Waste models. He linked educational development with economic and cultural growth, stating that India’s efforts aim to transform its education system to make the country a global education and knowledge hub by 2047.

The Prime Minister cited various initiatives like Atal Tinkering Labs, Startup India, and international collaborations, showcasing India’s advancements in education and skill development over the past decade. He mentioned the rise in Indian educational institutions’ global rankings and the establishment of numerous universities, ITIs, and research facilities.

The new Nalanda University campus features modern academic blocks, auditoriums, student hostels, and several other facilities, all designed with sustainability in mind. The original Nalanda University, founded around 1600 years ago, was one of the world’s first residential universities, with its ruins now a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016.

Notable dignitaries at the event included Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and other key officials. Prime Minister Modi concluded with a call for students to embody the values of curiosity, courage, and kindness, believing that Nalanda’s revival will guide humanity and position India as a leader in global education.

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