UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1620
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017
INTAKE OF STUDENTS AT NALANDA UNIVERSITY
1620. SHRI RITABRATA BANERJEE:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that initiatives are being launched to increase the intake of students in Nalanda University; and
(b) if so, the details thereof ?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) Yes. Initiatives are being launched by Nalanda University to increase intake of students.
(b) In order to increase the intake of students, the University has launched a new School of Studies – School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion – during 2016-17. The University is also planning to launch a School of linguistic Studies
during the forthcoming academic year 2017-18 and a School of Public Health in 2018-19.
The total number of students in Nalanda University during the academic year 2014-15 was 12, in 2015-16 was about 62 and during the current academic year 2016-17 around 130. At its first meeting on 10th February 2017, the newly constituted Governing Board of
Nalanda University was unanimous in its view that since its inception, the growth of the University, in terms of students enrolled as well as faculty, was grossly inadequate and that it was necessary to draw up a plan for rapid growth.
The University is planning to further increase the intake of students during 2017-18 for which it is on the look out for suitable boarding & lodging facilities in Rajgir, Bihar. The construction of permanent campus of Nalanda University has already started
and it is expected that Phase 1 construction will be completed by 2019/early 2020. The University has also requested the Architect Consultants to fast track the construction project with the use of pre-fabricated structures wherever feasible. In spite of capacity
constraints in terms of non-availability of suitable facilities in Rajgir, the Nalanda University is looking to further increase the intake of students in the coming academic years.