History of Ancient Universities in India
Vikas in discussion with Sahana Singh
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"Foreign students came to the establishment to put an end to their doubts and then become celebrated." So said Xuanzang about Nalanda University in his memoirs of India. It was a matter of pride to be an alumni of Nalanda, he said. In a very evocative description of the campus, he said its buildings were majestic in size and height with richly adorned towers, fairy-like turrets appearing like pointed hill-tops and observatories lost in the mist of the morning. The upper rooms towered above the clouds and from the windows, one could see the wind and clouds producing ever new forms, and from the soaring eaves the sunset splendours and moonlit glories."
Listen to Sahana Singh from Indian History Awareness and Research speaking about the ancient universities of India. She points out that Nalanda was just one; there were a plethora of institutes of higher learning spread out all over India before the Muslim invasions.
Main stupa of the Nalanda University