Nalanda, the World’s Oldest University, Might Soon Become A World Heritage Site!


An expert team of UNESCO and Paris-based International Council of Monuments and Sites (Icomos) visited the site of the ancient Nalanda University to see whether it can be accorded a World Heritage tag on Wednesday.

The UNESCO-Icomos experts visited architectural remains of the university and examined the walls and other remains. The team will also interact with locals to understand their life-style. India has long been approaching UNESCO to recognise Nalanda University as a World Heritage Site. Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya from Bihar has been already recognised as a World Heritage Site.

This university existed until 1197 AD and attracted students from Japan, China, Turkey and others. On 28 March 2006 the 11th president of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam proposed the idea for revival of Nalanda University. The academic session of the University started on 1 September 2014 with 15 students.