Teaching in two schools of Nalanda University will begin by September this year and the student application process should begin by April, university chancellor Amartya Sen has said.
“We expect that teaching will begin by the beginning of September this year, with the students coming in by the end of August. Nalanda will offer post-graduate education of the highest international quality. In the first year there will be teaching in two schools: the school for historical studies and the school for ecology and environment studies,” Sen told HT in an interview.
“The student application process should go live most probably by April. The initial batch of students will be treated as ‘Nalanda pioneers’ and they will not have to pay the full fees as set out by the university. They will pay a reduced amount which will be announced when the forms for admissions go live. We are right now sorting out financial possibilities that are open to us,” he added.
We will offer more subjects and we plan to have four schools functioning by the beginning of the third year, that is August-September 2016, he said.
Sen said the university had received around 500 applications from prospective candidates. “Some of the applicants are excellent. Over 70 of them are from abroad, in fact around 15% of total applications. We will recruit the best possible faculty: the selection process will be guided by the academic qualifications of the candidates as well as the fit between their expertise and the focus areas of our two schools.”