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Vastu Shilpa's architectural design chosen for Nalanda University campus

PTI  New Delhi, May 08, 2013
First Published: 21:31 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:35 IST(8/5/2013)

Bihar's upcoming ultra-modern Nalanda University, named after India's ancient seat of learning, has finalised the architectural design for its proposed campus at Rajgir.

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In an official statement, the university said Vastu Shilpa Consultant has won the architectural design competition for its campus from among the drawings and models submitted by eight prequalified architects and architectural firms.

It said the Vastu Shilpa's design was chosen by a jury of four architects of international eminence - Dr Liu Thai Ker, formerly chief town planner for Singapore; professor Osamu Ishiyama of Waseda University, Japan; prefessor Li Xiaodong of Tsinghua University, Beijing and Professor Neelkanth Chhaya of CEPT University, Ahmadabad.

Other members of the jury were member of Parliament NK Singh and orefessor Lord Meghnad Desai, both members of the university's governing board, besides its vice chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal.

The university had organised the competition to choose the master plan and architectural design for its proposed campus.

The university said the jury selected Vastu Shilpa's design on the bais of various factors, including "the possibility for future expansion, functional relationship between various components of the university and the manner in which each of the schemes addressed the issues of sustainability".

"The jury also felt the award entry most closely conveys the aspirations and objectives of the university and embodies the legacy of ancient Nalanda," said the statement.


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