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Nalanda International University at Nalanda in Rajgir, Bihar, an exclusively post-graduate and doctoral school, began its first academic session on Sept 1, 2014 with 15 students including five women admitted to two schools – School of Historical Studies and School of Environment and Ecology. Gopa Sabharwal was appointed the first Vice Chancellor in February 2011. More than 800 years after Nalanda University was closed down, the new university has been created as a revival of an ancient centre of learning. Originally a Mahavihara or a large Buddhist educational monastery, it functioned from the 5thto 12th century. Japan, Singapore, China, Thailand, Bhutan and other nations have formed a consortium to fund this international state-of-the art institution that aims to blend values of the ancient Nalanda University with the contemporary.