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July 19th, 2012
Amartya Sen – the new Chancellor of Nalanda International University.

Nobel prize winner Prof Amartya Sen would be the new Chancellor of Nalanda International University. A decision was taken at the meeting of the governing body of the university, its member and former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said after the meeting today. President Pratibha Patil had earlier sanctioned the appointment of the chancellor, Yeo added.

The governing board of Nalanda International University also decided to prepare the project report, discussed appointment of teachers and finalised the proposal for setting up of two Schools from July 2013, Yeo said.

Amartya Sen said the School of Historical Studies and School of Ecology and Environmental Studies would start functioning from July next year. Each of the two schools would have 100 post-graduate students, he said.

The Centre had constituted a monitoring committee headed by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahuluwalia for Nalanda International University and the committee has asked the governing board to suggest place to set up an international airport, for arrange good road and railway connectivity and search for 200 villages with archaeological importance in the district of Nalanda.