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Nalanda Bill in Parliament next month: Krishna

Government has already acquired land for reviving the Nalanda University and the Nalanda University Bill will be tabled in Parliament when it convenes next month, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said on Friday.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2010 20:46 IST

Government has already acquired land for reviving the Nalanda University and the Nalanda University Bill will be tabled in Parliament when it convenes next month, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said on Friday.

Addressing the Nalanda Sriwijaya Centre in Singapore, Krishna said the Nalanda University was a great ancient and medieval centre of intellectual activity in Buddhist philosophy, mathematics, medicine and other disciplines.

"...The East Asian Summit endorsed the establishment of the Nalanda University in the State of Bihar in India. This has been the product of many months of hard work put in by the Nalanda Mentor Group, and will be a shining example of cooperative action in the field of education.

"The land for the University is already acquired and the Nalanda University Bill is being processed for Parliamentary approval during the current session. I am confident of steady progress," he said.

Parliament will re-convene on April 15.

He also termed the research publication on Chola Expeditions to Southeast Asia by the university as a landmark achievement.

Nalanda University, the ancient seat of learning, is being revived with the help of a number of countries.