19 Jun 2024

PM Modi visits Ruins of Nalanda in Bihar, Know More About It

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Ruins of Nalanda in Bihar today. The original Nalanda University is considered to be amongst the first residential universities in the world. The ruins of Nalanda were declared as a UN Heritage Site in 2016. 

The Prime Minister posted on X;

“Visiting the excavated remains of Nalanda was exemplary. It was an opportunity to be at one of the greatest seats of learning in the ancient world. This site offers a profound glimpse into the scholarly past that once thrived here. Nalanda has created an intellectual spirit that continues to thrive in our nation.”

Nalanda is about 90 km southeast of Patna. Although its history goes back to the times of the Buddha, the university at Nalanda was founded in the 5th century, and it flourished for the next 700 years. Its decline began in the late Pala period, but the final blow was the invasion by Bakhtiyar Khilji around 1200 AD. 

The subjects that were taught at Nalanda included Buddhist scriptures, philosophy, theology, metaphysics, logic, grammar, astronomy and medicine. Chinese travellers Hiuen-Tsang and I-Tsing had written detailed accounts about the university.

The eleventh President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, proposed in 2006 to the Joint Session of the Bihar Vidhan Mandal to revive Nalanda University under the Nalanda University Act. In 2007, the Legislative Assembly of Bihar passed a bill to establish a new university.

When the university started operations in 2014 with 14 students in a temporary space, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party administration gave it a big boost. The central government began construction on the structure in 2017 with the intention of creating a university that would uphold the legacy of the prestigious Nalanda University.

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