New Delhi: The mentor group of Nalanda University on Tuesday said that the campus would start functioning from 2013, offering intellectual and useful programmes to thousands of students.

"Possible date to start classes could be 2013," said Vice Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal, adding, university's master plan would be finalised through a global design competition involving best brains in the world.

Bihar government has already handed over 446 acres of land for the campus, which is about 10 km from the ancient Nalanda site, said Sabharwal, chairman of the mentor group. He was flanked by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Singapore foreign Minister George Yeo.

Sen said the university will not only generate skilled hands and technical knowledge in the state, it will also generate employment opportunities.

Sabharwal said the programmes to be offered in first phase include Buddhist studies, philosophy and comparative religion, historical studies and international relations and peace studies.

Besides these, courses will be offered in business management in relation to public policy and development studies, languages and literature, ecology and environment studies and information sciences and technology.


(With Agency inputs)