School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University

  • Location

    Nalanda

The School of Historical Studies is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students.

The Faculty members present at this school combine a rich variety of methodologies and disciplinary backgrounds to bear on their research and teaching of history including anthropology, philosophy, economic history, political science, philology, visual studies, sociology, archaeology, religious studies, art, and history. 

Students of the School develop critical understandings of global histories, cultural-political histories, oral and visual histories, economic histories, intellectual histories, art histories, and religious histories. The School hosts a number of regular and special events. A weekly Lecture Series is hosted by the school in which scholars from outside Nalanda University are invited to present their research works. A bi-weekly series entitled Entre Nous—a forum for members of the university to present work-in-progress is organized by the school. The School of Historical Studies is committed to undertaking and fostering research that begins with the concepts and categories of historical agents and critically engages with putative, universal categories of human experience.

School of Historical Studies has been collaborating with these institutions:

1.     Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)

2.     Peking University (China)

3.     Bihar Heritage Development Society

4.     Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt

Students of the School of Historical Studies are supported by a number of unique library resources. Nalanda University Library is also a global member of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA).  The Center for Research Libraries provides access to a vast number of primary and secondary sources, historical newspapers, etc. Nalanda University Library is the only library in Asia to be a member of the Center for Research Libraries (alongwith the University of Hong Kong).

Students also have access to the online Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), the largest bibliography on Asian Studies, in general, from 1971 to the present. 

Currently, the School of Historical Studies is offering master’s program.

Eligibility Criteria: The minimum eligibility for this course is Graduation with honours in history or history as one of the subjects studied in graduation from any of the recognized university.

The fees Structure is explained as below:

 

Fee Details

SEM I

SEM II

SEM III

SEM IV

1.

Admission Fees

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

2.

Security Deposit (Refundable)

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

3.

Tuition Fees

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

 

Total

40000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

The post-graduate program in the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University provides students with the opportunity to engage with a range of disciplines:

1.     Art History 

2.     Archaeology 

3.     Social Anthropology

4.     Religious Studies 

5.     Classical and Modern Languages

6.     Critical Theory

7.     Philosophy 

8.     Economic and Trade History

9.     Environmental History

10.   Choosing Career Pathways

 

Training in historical studies imparts transferable skills enabling one to pursue careers in many directions:

o    Archivist

o    Historical Researcher

o    Museum Work

o    Library and Information Work

o    School Teachers

o    University Professor

o    International Organizations

In conclusion, by engaging with historical contexts, debates and controversies, students develop a unique understanding of various problems along with ways to comprehend solutions. Using these skills and abilities, they can make a number of career choices depending on their interests and motivation.

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PG Courses

M.A. Historical Studies, Nalanda University
Affiliated to Nalanda University
  • degree

    M.A
  • course delivery

    Full-Time
  • Duration

    24 months
Admission/Eligibility criteria

Students in the MA program gain a broad acquaintance with historical methodologies and historiography as well as undertake coursework with specific, closely defined topics on a variety of historical periods and through a variety of materials. Students’ coursework is separated into core, elective, and language courses. A student must complete a total of 48 credits. This includes completion of core, elective, and language courses along with the completion of an MA thesis.The minimum eligibility for this course is Graduation with honors in history or history as one of the subjects studied in graduation from any of the recognized university.

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School of Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University

  • Establishment Year

    Just Up

    2014

    age = 3 years

  • Location

    Nalanda

The School of Ecology and Environment Studies (SEES) is one of the first schools at the Nalanda University, which commenced its academic program in August 2014. The School traverses a broad range of academic pursuits across natural sciences and social sciences, to promote education and research on the interactions between the natural environment and human activities. 

The School aims to bridge the current gap in the study of environmental issues between the Eastern and the Western perspectives. It addresses pressing local, regional and global environmental problems of our times through education, research, collaborations, and policy recommendations.

 Master's Programme

The School offers two-year Master’s program with both M.A. and M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Studies. All Students in the Master’s program are required to obtain at least 48 credits spread over 4 semesters along with a summer internship during the vacation between the first and second year and a dissertation in the last semester. M.A. or M.Sc. degrees are awarded based on the student’s undergraduate degree and selected elective courses.

The fees Structure is explained as below:

 

Fee Details

SEM I

SEM II

SEM III

SEM IV

1.

Admission Fees

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

2.

Security Deposit (Refundable)

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

3.

Tuition Fees

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

 

Total

40000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

Thematic Areas

School of Ecology and Environment Studies is building expertise broadly around a few thematic areas that represent current global and regional environmental issues. These include Climate Change, Energy Studies, Food and Agriculture, Hydrology, Human Ecology and Disaster Management.

Resources

1. Environmental Lab

Environmental laboratory involves analysis of soil, air, and water for chemical species impacting ecological, agricultural, health and safety areas. 

2. Climate Station

Weather monitoring station installed at Nalanda University is equipped for measuring atmospheric conditions in order to study the weather and climate. This Wireless Weather Station is connected with datalogger and measures of following parameters: wind speed, wind direction, rain bucket, solar radiation, temperature & humidity with Wireless data logger, and solar panel mounting accessories.

3. Environmental Modelling Lab 

The lab offers environmental modelling and software tools as the basis for an ecosystem approach to environmental management and ecosystem scale management to address specific environmental challenges. Some of the softwares taught to students include MODFLOW, Aqtesolv, SPSS, R, MATLAB, MINITAB, PRESENCE, DIVA GIS, Q-GIS and ECOSIM.

4. Geoinformatics Lab Facility

Geoinformatics lab at Nalanda University has state of the art hardware (Handheld GPS, Topo sheets by SOI, Mirror and Pocket Stereoscope, Aerial photographs, Terrestrial stereo photos/images, etc) and software (Proprietary GIS and Image processing software, Open sources viz. QGIS, GRASS, etc) for teaching and research. Along with powerful machines for spatio- temporal data analysis, high-quality monitors for Geo visualization to allied equipment such as handheld GPS units, and others.

These Labs possess various Satellite data, GIS data, Socio-Economic data and climate data. These Lab facilities are also availed to accomplish research projects of students and funded research projects.

 

5. Urban Sensing Lab

One of the focus areas of SEES is urbanization and related issues. The researchers attempt to monitor the process of urbanization, evaluate the changes, understand them and explore them with respect to climate change, and study changing socio-economic and governing systems.

 

Collaborations

The School has established connections for collaborative research with leading national and international institutions. The Nature of Collaborations includes developing joint research initiatives, joint courses/field work, community skill development programs, professional skill development for faculties and students and resource sharing.

Some of the major ones are: 

1.     Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.A.)

2.     Department of Religious Studies, Eckerd College, USA

3.     Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA, India)

4.     The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF, India)

5.     National Disaster Relief Force (NRDF)

6.     University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, USA

7.     McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Career Prospects

The domain of Ecology and Environmental Studies as a career offers immense job opportunities. The word ‘Environmental Studies’ incorporates within it several activities for the protection of the environment. This, in turn, creates immense job opportunities for the ecologists, environmental scientists, environmental biologists, environmental modellers, environmental engineers and environmental journalists. A Master or Doctoral Degree holder in Ecology and Environment Studies can get a good position/ job according to their knowledge and experience

 

The School of Ecology and Environment Studies hosts a number of regular and special events. Some of the regular event series include Distinguished Lectures, Special Lectures and Weekly Lecture Series where scholars from outside Nalanda University are invited to present their research.

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PG Courses

M.A. Environment Studies, Nalanda University
Affiliated to Nalanda University
  • degree

    M.A
  • course delivery

    Full-Time
  • Duration

    24 months
Admission/Eligibility criteria

The School offers two-year Master’s program with M.A. degree in Environmental Studies. The School welcomes students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, who are habitually curious, share a passion for environmental leadership and an aptitude for learning. All Master’s students are required to obtain at least 48 credits spread over 4 semesters, with a summer internship during the vacation between the first and second year and a dissertation in the last semester. M.A. degree is awarded based on the student’s undergraduate degree and selected elective courses. The minimum eligibility is a bachelor's degree i.e. B.A. Degree with Environment Science as a subject from any recognised university or its equivalent examination and score minimum 50% marks.

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M.Sc Environment Studies, Nalanda University
Affiliated to Nalanda University
  • degree

    M.Sc
  • course delivery

    Full-Time
  • Duration

    24 months
Admission/Eligibility criteria

The School offers two-year Master’s program with M.Sc degree in Environmental Studies. The School welcomes students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, who are habitually curious, share a passion for environmental leadership and an aptitude for learning. All Master’s students are required to obtain at least 48 credits spread over 4 semesters, with a summer internship during the vacation between the first and second year and a dissertation in the last semester. M.Sc degree is awarded based on the student’s undergraduate degree and selected elective courses. The minimum eligibility is a bachelor's degree from any recognised university or its equivalent examination with any of the following subjects:

  • Environmental Sciences 
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Life sciences
  • Fisheries
  • Agriculture
  • Physics
  • Biotechnology

and score minimum 50% marks.

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School of Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Nalanda University

  • Location

    Nalanda

The School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions emphasizes the study of Buddhist ideas and historically contextualizes those ideas in relation to other philosophical and religious traditions. The school with the help of an interdisciplinary curriculum examines the wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Buddhist traditions.

The School focuses on critical thinking and uses the theories and methodologies of the study of religion in order to explore a wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism and its related traditions. This includes explorations of Buddhism within different regions of Asia and the comparison that is prevalent between various religious and philosophical traditions of Asia. An interdisciplinary approach is brought into operation for the first time wherein students read literary and philosophical texts and they also take part in archaeological training.

MA Programme: Students are required to complete 48 hours of coursework (12 credits per semester) and submit a thesis towards the fulfilment of a Master’s degree which must be approved by an appropriate faculty committee. All students are required to compulsorily take a survey course during the first semester of coursework as well as a methodology course.

The fees Structure is explained as below:

 

Fee Details

SEM I

SEM II

SEM III

SEM IV

1.

Admission Fees

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

2.

Security Deposit (Refundable)

6000/-

NIL

NIL

NIL

3.

Tuition Fees

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

 

Total

40000/-

28000/-

28000/-

28000/-

 

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PG Courses

M.A. Buddhist Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy
Affiliated to Nalanda University
  • degree

    M.A
  • course delivery

    Full-Time
  • Duration

    24 months
Admission/Eligibility criteria

Students are required to complete 48 hours of course work (12 credits per semester) and submit a thesis towards the fulfillment of a Master’s degree which must be approved by an appropriate faculty committee.

All students are required to take a survey course during the first semester of coursework as well as a methodology course. Graduation in any stream with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA is the minimum eligibility to pursue this course.

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Available College Facilities

Nalanda University offers a lot of facilities to its students. The infrastructure aims at bridging the gap between knowledge and resources available to the students. The facilities available include:

•       The University Library

•       Sports and Games

•       Hostel 

•       Medical facilities

•       Convention hall

•       Shuttle service

Hostel

The University provides Hostel facilities for both men and women.

 Fees: Rs.52,000 (approximately)

The various charges for Boarding and Lodging at the University are mentioned as follows :

                                                     Residence Details

 

Per Semester INR

Residence Charges

Air Conditioned (Single)

30,000/-

Non Air Conditioned (Single)

20,000/-

Air Conditioned (Twin Sharing)

22,500/-

Non Air Conditioned (Twin Sharing)

12,500/-

Air Conditioned Economy Single (Limited availability)

25,000/-

Non Air Conditioned Economy Single (Limited availability)

16,000/-

 

The charges for plain Meal are Rs.22,500/- .

Sports

The University offers sports facilities like yoga and games at various Residence Halls.

Library

The University Library

The University Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). It is a fully air-conditioned library with Wi-Fi connectivity. The library is fully automated with KOHA ILM software. This library also has locker facilities for students. The Library, though at a nascent stage, is evolving at a great pace and is envisioned to become the hub of student activity in future. 

Library facilities present at this university are intended to help students in their academics and research work.

 

Facilities available in Library

  • Number of books
  • Number of online journals
  • Number of magazine subscriptions
  • Computerized library
  • Book bank facility