August 08, 2018
The Honourable Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University, Professor Sunaina Singh urged the new batch of students to take inspiration from the ancient Nalanda to create new knowledge from the portals of modern Nalanda. She was addressing the student body and all members of the Nalanda Community in the concluding ceremony of the two day orientation and induction program for incoming students of the 2018-20 batch on 7th August 2018. In her insightful and inspiring address, she envisioned Nalanda University as an unique avant garde University, formed through the vision and collaboration between nations of the East Asian Summit in order to further the ideals of knowledge generation, international cooperation, and global peace, similar to the role played by the historical Nalanda University. Professor Sunaina Singh welcomed the students, and expressed the view that the students should expect to be pushed hard to excel in their activities in Nalanda.
This year the University welcomed students from various parts of India and abroad into its Masters and Diploma programs in Ecology and Environment Studies, Historical Studies, and Buddhist Studies apart from the newly established program in Language & Literature/Humanities. The first day of the Orientation was to register the students into their respective programs after verification of their academic credentials before officially inducting them into the ranks of the University. The University’s international students were briefed upon the rules governing their stay in India by officials from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). All students were also briefed by University officials on norms related to safety and security. Lastly, students were provided an introduction to the history and ecology of the Rajgir area by University faculty.
On the second day, students were given an academic orientation by the different Schools of the University. All faculty from these schools introduced the curriculum of each program, underlined expectations from students, and set the tone for their academic engagement with the University. The faculty members also introduced their individual research interests and courses taught by them. The Deans of each school presented the new Academic Framework introduced by the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunaina Singh, earlier this year. The Orientation Program ended with a music performance by the Sufi group "Chaar Yaar."
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