Nalanda University is also known as Nalanda International University and it is one of the recently inaugurated universities in India. The university is located in Rajgir, near Nalanda, Bihar, India. Nalanda University is well known for its post-graduate and doctoral school. The academic session of the Nalanda University started on September 1, 2014 with 15 students in the School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology. Those who take admissions to Nalanda University or Nalanda International University can pursue Masters Degree in 3 three schools which include School of Historical Studies, School of Environment and Ecological Studies, School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion. There are plans also to open other schools in a phased manner. The other schools which will open include School of Languages and Literature, School of International Relations and Peace Studies, School of Information Sciences and Technology and School of Business Management (Public Policy and Development Studies.The academic session of the University has commenced on September 1, 2014 with 15 students in the School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology. The School of Historical Studies is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students. The school encourages the students to pursue an open-ended yet rigorous, scientific enquiry into fundamental questions that concern the historical imagination. The University has built close relations and collaborations with several local, national and international entities. For students seeking admissions to Nalanda University need to know that need to fulfill the eligibility Criteria for graduate admissions. The graduate work in Nalanda University is multidisciplinary, intense and intellectually demanding. The University has high academic standards and each School has specific requirements. As per the official website a candidate seeking admission to the university, Higher academic or language requirements are normally expected to hold or to have achieved the following: The Indian students need to secure a minimum of three years Bachelors degree (10+2+3) with minimum 55% marks from any Indian University recognized by UGC/AICTE while for under-graduates from all other countries:A Bachelors Degree with minimum 15 years of prior studies i.e. in 10+2+3 pattern with a GPA of at least 2.2 or above on a 4 point scale or equivalent grade if other grade point scale is used. For all applicants, the candidates should have proficiency in English Language and demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language. The mode of teaching for all courses will be conducted in English. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are able to communicate in English at a level suitable to the Graduate Programs. For graduates from non-Indian universities, scores of one of the accepted English Language tests (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, PTE, STEP).In absence of such score, a certificate from the qualifying University/Institution stating that the medium of undergraduate study of the candidate had been English. Indian students must have completed their undergraduate education in English as the medium of instruction and examination. Nalanda University also awards freeships each year in the form of tuition fees waiver to the admitted candidates in need of financial assistance. Students who require financial support should apply for aid by filling out relevant fields in Application Form for admission. An admitted candidate will be declared eligible for a partial or full tuition waiver on the basis of the deliberations of the Financial Assistance Committee. The Committee may conduct an interview with the candidate for the scholarship. The scholarships offered at Nalanda University include CLMV Scholarships, Nalanda Fellowship, Work study programme among others. The admission fees at Nalanda University is payable once and is non-refundable. The students are required to pay the fees at the time of confirming his/her admission at Nalanda University. The security deposit is an amount which has to be paid in the first semester and is refundable after the completion of the programme of study.Recently, Nalanda University was in the news as two students from Pakistan were granted admission at the Nalanda University in Bihar. Eighty students from Bhutan, Vietnam, Brazil, Laos, Peru, China, South Korea, South Africa, Nigeria, Myanmar and Japan have got admission in Nalanda in 2016. Dating back to the third century BC, the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University was declared as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Nalanda University includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.