Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bihar on June 19 to inaugurate the new Nalanda University campus near the ancient university ruins in Rajgir. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and ambassadors from 17 partner countries will also attend. Modi will visit the ancient Nalanda site, a UN heritage site since 2016, and give a speech.

Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will join him. The new 455-acre campus, operational since 2020, combines traditional and modern architecture and includes a Net Zero area with 100 acres of water bodies. The university offers various academic programmes and scholarships.

Nalanda University, established in the fifth century attracting students from all over the world, flourished for 800 years before it was destroyed by invaders in the 12th century.

The new campus of the university is close to the site of the ancient ruins of Nalanda. The new university started functioning in 2014 from a makeshift location with 14 students. Construction work on the university started in 2017.

The university, apart from India, has participation from 17 other nations — Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Mauritius, Myanmar, and Vietnam. These countries have signed MoUs in support of the university.

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