Cabinet OKs withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in RS
Briefing reporters after today's Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, ''The present proposal is for moving a motion in Rajya Sabha withdrawing the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 26, 2013 to amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions.''Nalanda University was established on the basis of a joint press statement at the 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October 2009, as a non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution. Subsequently, Parliament passed the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and the university came into effect from November 25, 2010.
The governing board of Nalanda University has since been constituted as per section 7 of Nalanda University Act, 2010 with effect from November 21, 2016 with approval of the President. The Amendment Bill will needs to be discussed with the current Governing Board of Nalanda University before a final decision can be taken on going ahead with the proposed amendments. Further, the current governing board may also look into the entire Act afresh and suggest amendments or additions wherever necessary.
Teaching in the university was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in September 2014. The President is the Visitor of the University, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, the Chancellor and Professor Sunaina Singh, is the Vice Chancellor. At present, the University has 116 students in three schools of studies, namely School of Historical Studies, School of Ecology and Environment Studies and School of Buddhist Studies and has 35 international students from 21 foreign countries.
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