Nalanda University has been an epitome of pride in the history of Bihar. The years of glory that it has stored inside is sufficient to make Bihar proud, but just keeping the history strong doesn’t validate the development of the state. We have good news in a process to glorify on recent development phases of the university. Now the university is likely to function from its new campus. The five state of the art buildings are ready. The 455.19 acre land was allocated by Bihar government in 2011. The work initially started from May 2017.
Nalanda University launched its Architectural Design Competition in 2012 for the Master Plan of the campus and architectural design of buildings and facilities that will come up in Phase-1 of its development. The total of 79 entries received were examined by a Selection Committee which declared 8 of them as pre-qualified for participation in the main competition. Five amongst these entries were top international design firms with the likes of Fumihiko Maki and Snøhetta. An international Jury comprising four renowned architects and three members of the Governing Board of the University was constituted to assess the submissions by these eight pre-qualified architects. Vastu Shilpa Consultants were selected as the winner of this competition.
The location will impact the very survival of the farmers with small land holdings. The master plan integrates sustainable practices at every phase of the project, from site planning of the campus through the creation of infrastructure, cost-effective ways to both reduce consumption of natural resources and minimize dependency on off-site building materials. The plan allows for incremental growth and flexible expansion and phasing, while preserving the agricultural and environmental basis of the region, as mentioned in the Nalanda University Website.
Keeping in view the history of the university, Early Buddhist Architecture, traditional Indian Architecture and the Nalanda ruins were researched. This research was then applied with good design principles for planning the layout of the new campus. The building typology makes you remember the basic arrangement of monasteries at Nalanda ruinsby looking at the scales and grouping. The facilities focussed in the campus are sports complex, Nalanda School campus including the student’s hostel.
Quote of the day-“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ―