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'Included Nalanda University in Unesco list'

Monday, 14 January 2013
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Patna, January 14:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday demanded that the ruins of the state's ancient Nalanda university be included in Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites.

"The central government should make an earnest effort for inclusion of Nalanda sites in the UNESCO list," Nitish Kumar said here at a function.

"We strongly feel that the ancient university's inclusion in the UNESCO list will attract more tourists, especially foreigners," he added.

The excavated site of the ancient university in Nalanda district is a place of national importance. A fifth century architectural marvel, the university was home to over 10,000 students and nearly 2,000 teachers.

Named after the Sanskrit term for 'giver of knowledge', the varsity, which existed until 1197, also attracted students and scholars from South Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia (now Iran) and Turkey.

It was devoted to Buddhist studies, but also conducted studies and training in the fine arts, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, politics and the art of war.

In 1193, the Nalanda university was ransacked by an army led by Bhaktiyar Khilji, a Turkish general of Qutb-ud-din-Aibak of the Slave Dynasty, the then ruler of northern India.

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Nalanda university was India's pride and is symbol of our rich heritage and very learned past.When other parts of world couldn't think of schools,we had universities where people from other nations came to gain knowledge at a time when mode of communication/transport was very limited.We should have re-built this university just after independence.Anyway late is better than never and its heartening to know that nalanda university z very soon going to begin its first course.Its truly world's heritage.We must try to restore the values this university stood for.

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