Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has commended UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Committee for inscribing Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) Archaeological Site in Bihar (India) on the World Heritage List.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, pointed out that ancient Nalanda University reportedly was the most prestigious and largest educational institution of its time; seat of renowned teachers; enrolled thousands of students regularly; provided instruction in logic, medicine, philosophy, grammar, etc.; and housed an extensive library.
Rajan Zed indicated that it should not have taken so many years for this Committee, whose first session was held in Paris in 1977, to recognise this unique treasure of the world in the form of inscription, which finally came on July 15 in Istanbul in its 40thsession. Nalanda University should have been inscribed much earlier, Zed added.
Committee described this Nalanda University Archaeological Site as it comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal. Nalanda stands out as the most ancient university of the Indian Subcontinent. It engaged in the organised transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years.