Thimphu: India and Bhutan on Friday agreed to collaborate on the “noble objectives” of the establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar to develop the institution as an international centre of excellence.
The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard in Thimphu after President Pranab Mukherjee held talks with the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
According to the MoU, signed by foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and her Bhutanese counterpart Yeshey Dorji, the Nalanda University will be located at Rajgir in Bihar and will have the power to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The MoU states that the objectives and functions of Nalanda University includes the establishment “of an international instiution of learning that will bring together the brightest and the most dedicated students from all countries irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, ethnicity or socioeconomic background.”
“To build an Asian community of learning where the intellectual potential of every student can be developed to the fullest extent possible and to create an Asian community strengthening regional awareness,” the MoU stated.
According to the MoU, India will provide appropriate visa to students, faculty and staff for travel to India to study or work in the University.
The funding for the establishment and operations of the University will be on a voluntary basis.
The MoU on the establishment of the Nalanda University came into force on October 10, 2013 during the 8th East Asia Summit in Brunei.