Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nalanda (India)

James Lamont has an article in the August 3, 2010 issue of the Financial Times highlighting an effort to revive Nalanda, in the Indian state of Bihar, 800 years after it was destroyed. The Indian parliament will consider legislation this week to rebuild the Buddhist center of learning near the ruins of the original university. Lamont reports that the effort is receiving support of Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in economics.

Nalanda was founded in the third century AD and apparently enrolled as many as 10,000 students from all across Asis. The institution was sacked by invaders and the library was burned in 1193. An article in Wikipedia includes more pictures and details on the institution.