In a move that would bring fame to it, the Patna University has decided to have international cooperation and collaboration with the Buddhist countries. In order to proceed with the plan the university will be holding an international meet here later this year in which several international delegates are expected.
A meeting was held between the chairman of the Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC) Arvind Alok and Patna University YC Simhadri on Saturday to chalk out the plan in detail. Alok said that the Mongolian ambassador has already agreed to support the university attain its objectives.
Alok met the Patna University VC at his residential office and in the meeting he appreciated the interest of his wife who is of Japanese origin. Because of the rich cultural legacy of Patna she deeply loves the city. The Mongolian ambassador G Gonbold in his talk to both the PU VC and Alok over the phone has confirmed his participation in the meet.
He said,” Such activities will also play a vital role in the promotion of educational environment in the university and since ancient Pataliputra had a rich legacy of Buddhist tradition and there will be peace blissful educational atmosphere in the campus.” Alok further added that the international meet at the university would be attended by the ambassadors of the Buddhist countries and eminent scholars that would revive the ancient glory of Pataliputra.
Patna University VC Simhadri is also very much interested in promoting the university in the international arena. The BMDC would help the university in establishing academic collaborations with various Buddhist countries. Alok said that there is an avid interest in the Buddhist countries regarding the ancient Pataliputra and the governments of these countries are only too willing to support the Patna University.
The VC of the university was also advised to establish an international Buddhist studies chair at the university in order to encourage the Buddhists across the country. The chair would have Japanese, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Korean, Mongolian and other studies in Buddhist perspective.