Standing tall among the ancient seats of learning in India is the Nalanda. Flourishing for about 800 years between 5th to 12th century, it attracted students and teachers not just from India but also from Tibet, China, Korea and Central Asia.
Every facility existed to study the vast array of subjects, the fields of learning uniquely varied from science to arts, sacred to secular and philosophical to practical. The public debates among teachers, students and visiting scholars ensured that logic and critical interpretation found their way into every discipline. The presence of students and teachers from various countries also helped expand the horizons of knowledge and teaching methods.
The adoption of the unique multidisciplinary approach of the ancient Nalanda by it’s modern counterpart, while staying relevant to the future, is a fitting tribute.