China to help develop Nalanda International University: Envoy

January 21st, 2011 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) China will provide all possible help for the development of Nalanda International University in Bihar, Chinese envoy to India Zhang Yan said Friday during his visit to Nalanda district.Zhang Yan, who arrived here Thursday on a two-day visit, first by a Chinese diplomat in decades, would hold discussions with the chancellor and vice-chancellor of Nalanda University and also see the Xuan Zang memorial hall, named after the legendary Chinese traveller in Nalanda.

The Nalanda University Bill, 2010, will help form a central university in Nalanda district on the lines of the ancient university which was founded during fifth century A.D. and became a centre of learning for students from Southeast Asia.

Singapore, China, India and Japan had in 2006 announced a plan to restore and revive the ancient university as Nalanda International University.

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