March 17, 2014
India’s Effort to Revive Its First University Creates a Local Uproar
Amartya Sen first saw the colossal, red-brick ruins of old Nalanda University at the age of 11. After Mr. Sen told his family that he wanted to be a professor, his grandfather took the future Harvard University economist and Nobel laureate to see the remains of what is described as India’s oldest university, a place where history has the cast of epic myth.
Founded in the fifth century AD, Nalanda at its peak attracted some 10,000 students from across Asia to study Buddhism, law,