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In pictures: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates new campus of Nalanda University in Bihar’s Rajgir

The 'net zero' emissions campus of the new avatar of the ancient university has features like a water recycling plant and 100 acres of green cover

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the new campus of Nalanda University at Rajgir, in Nalanda district, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. In a landmark event celebrating India's rich educational heritage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new campus of Nalanda University at Rajgir in Bihar. Established through the Nalanda University Act in 2010 and operational since 2014, this modern incarnation of the ancient university aims to revive the glorious tradition of learning that once flourished here.

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The ancient Nalanda University, dating back to the fifth century, was a beacon of knowledge that attracted scholars from around the globe. Drawing inspiration from its illustrious predecessor, the new campus echoes the architectural and cultural grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nalanda Mahavihara. This historical site, which thrived between the 5th and 12th centuries AD, stands as a testament to one of the greatest centres of learning in ancient India.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi plants a sapling during the inauguration of Nalanda University, in Nalanda district, Bihar, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Prior to the inauguration, Prime Minister Modi paid a visit to the Nalanda Mahavihara, located near the university.

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The newly inaugurated campus spans an impressive 455 acres and is built with an eye toward sustainability and innovation. Constructed entirely with sundried bricks, it proudly stands as a 'Net Zero Green Campus.' This eco-friendly initiative features 100 acres of water bodies, an on-grid solar plant, a drinking water treatment plant, a water recycling plant for reusing wastewater, and 100 acres of green cover.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during the inauguration of Nalanda University, in Nalanda district, Bihar, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The new Nalanda University is not just a national endeavor but a shining example of international collaboration. Alongside India, 18 countries have partnered in its establishment, reflecting a global commitment to fostering education and cultural exchange.

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar speaks during the inauguration of Nalanda University by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Nalanda district, Bihar. As the new campus opens its doors to students from around the world, it promises to uphold the high standards of learning and international cooperation that Nalanda has always been known for.

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