Faculty recruitment after Feb meetings

Patna, Jan. 12: The governing board of Nalanda University would meet in Patna on February 4 to discuss about ways to ensure that the university takes off by 2014.

The National Monitoring Committee, formed by the Planning Commission last year to support Nalanda University for development of basic infrastructure and facilities like road and air connectivity and timely and adequate flow of funds to the university, would hold its meeting at Rajgir on February 5 under Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the deputy chairman of the commission and the committee chairman.

Gopa Sabharwal, the vice-chancellor (designate) of Nalanda University, told The Telegraph that the process of appointing the faculty would start from this year. "Faculty hiring would start from this year. Renovation of the temporary campus of the university in Rajgir has begun too. The structure was given to us in October last year and work is going on now," she said.

Asked about the possibility of the faculty being from Bihar, Sabharwal said: "The faculty can be from anywhere, including Bihar. But then the standards need to be met, as this would be an international university. The faculty should be up to the standards when it comes to the hiring. Things like fluency in English are a must of course. There would be a total of seven schools."

In Phase I, the School of Historical Studies and the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies would take off.

The five other schools are of Buddhist studies (philosophy and comparative religion), languages and literature, international relations and peace studies, information sciences and technology and business management in relation to public policy and development studies.

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