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Japan proposes to revive Nalanda university

Revival of Nalanda University was among the 10 visions for development of Bihar unfolded by President APJ Abdul Kalam.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:51 IST

A Japanese delegation on Tuesday approached the Bihar government with a proposal for developing Nalanda University, the ancient seat of Buddhist learning.

Revival of ancient Nalanda University was among the 10 visions for development of Bihar unfolded by President APJ Abdul Kalam in his address to the joint session of Bihar legislatures in March.

A nine-member delegation, including two members of the Japanese Parliament, called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his official residence with a proposal for the project which was accepted in principle, secretary Human Resources Development Madan Mohan Jha told reporters after the meeting.

He said the state government has already identified 450 acres of land for the development of the university that would impart quality teaching in philosophy and value education among others.

Describing the meeting as "very fruitful," the Chief Minister said work on the project would begin soon.

Without specifying the exact amount of investment they would make, the Japanese team said "it will be substantial."

The Japanese delegation came to Patna after meeting President Kalam in New Delhi yesterday on the mega educational project.

Jha said besides Japan, organisations of eminent citizens from Britain and the US have also shown keen interest in the project.

The Japanese delegation was headed by Hirohide Uozumi, MP, (former vice minister of defence, Government of Japan).

First Published: May 30, 2006 14:51 IST