Swarup said the last time the NMG’s tenure was extended

Swarup said the last time the NMG’s tenure was extended
was on November 25, 2013 making it three years since then, adding the group formed in 2007 was meant to discharge functions of Governing Board, pending its formation as per legal provisions.
Asked whether the government could have handled the issue in a better way taking the Chancellor into confidence, he said, “The visitor’s approval and instruction to constitute the new board were received on Monday and communicated as quickly as possible on the same day.”
In February last year, Sen, in a letter to the Governing Board had said he will not seek a second term as Chancellor as the BJP government did not want him to continue.
The idea to revive Nalanda University was first mooted in 2005 by the then President APJ Abdul Kalam. The university is being built near the ruins of the historic academic place by the same name in Bihar and Sen was involved with the project since 2007. A number of countries are involved in the project.
Indian government had enacted the Nalanda University Act, 2010 to implement the decisions arrived at the Second East Asia Summit held in January, 2007 in the Philippines and subsequently at the Fourth East Asia Summit in Thailand for establishment of the Nalanda University.
In 2007, the Nalanda Mentor Group (NMG) was formed to implement the project. The NMG was discharging the functions of the Governing Board.
After resigning from the Chancellor’s post, George had said in a statement to the NMG members, “The circumstances under which the leadership change in Nalanda University has been suddenly and summarily effected is disturbing and possibly harmful to the University’s development.” PTI PYK/MPB ZMN