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?Nalanda, Vaishali were best education centres?

EDUCATIONAL HUBS in ancient India like Nalanda, Vaishali and Vikramshila were more sought after in their own times when compared to present day Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 22:01 IST

EDUCATIONAL HUBS in ancient India like Nalanda, Vaishali and Vikramshila were more sought after in their own times when compared to present day Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The academic resplendence of these Buddhist centres of knowledge can be fully appreciated when one visits these excavation sites, superintendent archaeologist of Bhopal circle of the Archaeological Survey of India, K K Mohammad said today.

Mohammad was delivering a lecture on Buddhist excavation sites at the Press Information Bureau. The superintendent archaeologists spoke about his excavation experiences at sites like Nalanda, Vaishali, Kesaria and Vikramshila in an interesting way, ‘taking’ the audience to India in Buddhist period.

Mohammad said that Nalanda and Vikramshila existed 700 years before Cambridge and Oxford and before Bakhtiyar Khilji invaded these centres and demolished them, they were considered best centres of knowledge in world.

Nalanda University was spread over 1,000 acre and the building itself was nine-storeyed and had more than 600 rooms.

Total of 312 rooms have already been dug up while almost similar number still exist below the earth. He mentioned that the majesty of ancient India, particularly the knowledge center, could be found in the books of Chinese traveller Huesn Tsang.

Tsang had taken along around 600 important books from Nalanda with him, the rest were destroyed by Khilji. He also spoke about the specialties of excavations at Vaishali and Kesaria.

He said that a 103 feet high stupa – biggest in world – was found at Kesaria. The programme was presided over by additional chief information officer of PIB Vijay Agrawal.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 22:01 IST