Nalanda University was established in November 2010. It came into being by an act (Nalanda University Act 2010) of the Indian Parliament, a testimony to the important status that Nalanda University occupies in the Indian intellectual landscape. Nalanda is a standalone international university unlike any other established in the country. Located in the town of Rajgir, in the State of Bihar, Nalanda University is mandated to be an “international institution for the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies” (Act). This university contains within it a memory of the ancient Nalanda University and is premised on the shared intent of the Member States of the East Asia Summit countries to rediscover and strengthen “educational co-operation by tapping the East Asia Regions centres of excellence in education… [and] to improve understanding and the appreciation of one another’s heritage and history”.
Nalanda University has been designated as an “institution of national importance” (Act). The particular emphasis of this university, which sets it apart from all other existent universities in the region, is its foundational philosophy. The philosophy seeks to recover the lost connections and partnerships that existed in the region of Asia. Asian cultures have many such links that go deep into the past and are reflected in many common cultural features. The rediscovery of inter-Asian linkages in recent times has led to a resurgence in discovering and building upon a shared history.
Area of Excellence
Buddhist Philosophy, Sankhya, Yoga, Toxicology, Remote Sensing and GIS, Urban Environment, Ecological Economics, Environmental Policy, Cultural Anthropology, Maritime Interconnections in the Indian Ocean, Sustainable Development, Blue Economy, Integrated Water Resources Management, Waste Management, Sustainability Marketing Strategies, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Sustainable Business Leadership
Research Capability and Focus Area
Nālandā Tradition in Buddhism, Buddhist Archeology, Hindu and Buddhist Tantra, Logic, and Epistemology of Buddhism, Hydrology, Human Ecology, Climate Change, Energy Studies, Food and Agriculture, Marine Environments, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Urbanization and Development, Sustainable Urbanization and Development, Climate Change and Development
Notable Research / Publication
1) Kant, Schopenhauer, Saul Bellow: Duty in The Victim,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies(Penn State), Vol. 20, No. 1 (2018), 48-78.
2) Socialism of the Soul:’ Holocaust in Saul Bellow’s The Victim,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (Oxford/Routledge), Vol. 18, No. 3 (2019), 282-297.
3) f love is love, it’s free:’ A Vedantic View of Saul Bellow’sSeize the Day.” Accepted and to be published shortly in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (Alberta).
4) Religious Tolerance: A History, HarperCollins: India, 2019
5) Female Donors at Sarnath: Issues of Gender, Endowments, and Autonomy’ International Review of Social Research, 9 (1), PP.6-17,ISSN: 2069-8534.
6) Mindfulness in PaliNikayas: Origin and Incubation’ Vidyasagar University Journal of History, Vol.VI, pp.9-19, ISSN: 2321-0834.
7) Becoming the Dancer: Dissolving the Boundaries Between Cognition, Ritual and Theatrical Performance in Non-dual Śaivism’, Theatrical and Ritual Boundaries in South Asia, Part II, eds. E. Ganser& E. Debicka-Borek, Cracow Indological Studies (2018) 30 (2), forthcoming.
8) The Making of Tantric Orthodoxy in the Eleventh-Century Indo- Tibetan World: *Jñānākara’s *Mantrāvatāra’, Journal of Indian Philosophy, (2018), 46 (3), pp. 505- 551.
9) Smell: The Sense-Perception of Recognition’, Tantrapuṣpāñjali: Tantric Traditions and Philosophy of Kashmir. Studies in Memory of Pandit H.N Chakravarty, (eds.) Bettina Bäumer&Hamsa Stainton, Delhi: India Gandhi National Centre for the Arts & Arya Books International, 2018, pp. 325-338.
10) Jaina Approach to (A)himsa’, Phenomenology of Violence, Ed, by K. Ramakrishna Rao & B. Sambasiva Prasad., Vol. I, D.K. Print World, New Delhi, ISBN-97881-246-0909-5.
11) (A)Himsa in Buddhism’, Phenomenology of Violence, Ed, by K. Ramakrishna Rao & B. Sambasiva Prasad., Vol. I, D.K. Print World, New Delhi, ISBN-97881-246-0909-5.
12) (A)Himsa: Classical Indian Perspective’ – Phenomenology of Violence, Ed, by K. Ramakrishna Rao & B. Sambasiva Prasad., Vol. I, D.K. Print World, New Delhi, ISBN-97881-246-0909-5.
13) Catuṣṭayīśabdapravṛttiprabandhaḥ, (New Delhi: Indu Prakashan) ISBN 9788186863275.
14) Śāṅkarapramāvimarśa, (New Delhi: Indu Prakashan) ISBN 9788186863268.
15) Advaitavedānta ke Anusāra Jñāna Prakriyā” Jahnavi Sanskrit E-Journal (UGC- 41039, ISSN 0976-864)Issue-38th , Year 10, Vol –II (July 16, 2019) pp.75-78.
16) Oṃkāra kā Tātvika Vimarśa” Jahnavi Sanskrit E-Journal (UGC- 41039, ISSN 0976-864)Issue-36th -37th, Year 10, Vol –I (March 09, 2019) pp.56-62.
17) Abhinava Bhārata ke Ādhāra :- Bauddha evaṃ Sanātana Dharma” Sthapatyam, Journal of the Indian Science of Architecture and Allied Sciences, New Delhi ISSN 2349-2368, (Accepted for Aug-Nov, 2019)
18) Bauddha Tathā Vividha Prācyadharmoṃ Meṃ Manastatva Kā Viśleṣaṇa” Thāī-Bhāratī, Thāmmāsaṭa University Journal, Bangkok, Thailand, Issue 01 (Dec 2019).
19) We Do Not Want Fake Energy”: The Social Shaping of a Solar Micro-Grid in Rural India”. Science, Technology and Society, 25 (2), 308-324.
20) Rural Change in the Kosi River Basin: A Capital Goods Perspective” in Bihar: Crossing Boundaries, edited by Sunita Lall, Neeraj Kumar and Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff, Primus Books, New Delhi (Forthcoming)
21) Achieving “Energy for All”: Solar Mini Grids for Rural Electrification in Asia” in Renewable Energy Transition in Asia: Governance, Policies, and Politics, edited by Nandakumar Janardhanan and Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Palgrave MacMillan, Singapore (Forthcoming)
22)Babu, S., Singh, S, Goyal, S.P. and Shruti, M. (2019). Dynamics of Asian Elephant Habitat in Shivalik Landscape and Environs of Kalesar-Rajaji–Corbett Protected Area Network. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 45 (2): 205-228, 2019 ISSN: 2320-5199 (Online).
23) Yang, W.; Bradford, S.; Wang, Y.; Sharma, P.; Shang, J.; Li, B. 2019. Transport of biochar colloids in saturated porous media in the presence of humic substances or proteins. Environ. Pollution 246:855–863.
24) Yang, W.; Shang, J.; Sharma, P.; Li, B.; Liu, K.; Flury, M. 2019. Colloidal stability and aggregation kinetics of biochar colloids: Effects of pyrolysis temperature, cation type, and humic acid concentrations. Sci. Total Environ. 658:1306–1315.
25) Sinha B. & Yadava RN. Promoting sustainability through corporate social responsibility : An Indian perspective in book Borland, H. (2019). Business Strategies for Sustainability, 1st Edition. [VitalSource]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780429858970/
26) Sayan Bhattacharya, Sudipta De, Arkajyoti Shome, Abhishek Dutta (2019). Socioenvironmental survey of a forest hamlet proximate to Neora Valley National Park in the Eastern Himalayas, India. Indonesian Journal of Environmental Management and Sustainability, Vol. 3: 1-13.
27) Abir Ghosh, Suparna Paul, Sayan Bhattacharya, Palani Sasikumar, Krishna Biswas, Uday Chand Ghosh (2019). Calcium ion incorporated hydrous iron(III) oxide: synthesis, characterization, and property exploitation towards water remediation from arsenite and fluoride. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 26(5): 4618-4632.
28) Getachew F. Belete, Alexey Voinov, Iñaki Arto, Kishore Dhavala, Tatyana Bulavskaya, Leila Niamir, Saeed Moghayer and Tatiana Filatova (2019). Exploring low-carbon futures: a web service based approach to linking diverse climate-energy-economy models, Energies, 12(15), 2880.
29) Pandey Poonam and Sharma Aviram (2019) NGOs, Controversies and “Opening-up” of Regulatory Governance of Science in India. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society. (In Press)
30) Rosbhak, S., Phartyal, S.S., Poschlod. P. (2019). Seed germination traits shape community assembly along a hydroperiod gradient. Annals of Botany (accepted).
31) Bhatt, A., Bhat, N.R., Santo, A. & Phartyal, S.S. (2019). Influence of temperature, light, and salt on the germination of Deverra triradiata seeds. Seed Science & Technology, 47:25-31.
32) Singh, S. (2019). Forest Landscape Characterization for Biodiversity Conservation Planning and Management Gaps in North-Western Himalaya using Geospatial Technology. In: Navalgund, R.R., Senthil Kumar, A., Nandy, S. (Eds.), Remote Sensing of Northwest Himalayan Ecosystems, Springer, New Delhi pp: 197-236, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2128-3_9, ISBN 978-981-13-2127-6 ISBN 978-981-13-2128-3 (eBook).
33) Gupta, S., Roy, A., Bhavsar, D., Kala, R., Singh, S. and Kumar, A.S. (2018). Forest Fire Burnt Area assessment in the biodiversity rich regions using Geospatial technology: Uttarakhand Forest Fire 2016. Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing 46(6): 945-955. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12524-018-0757-3 (March 2018) (ISSN:0255-660X)
34) Padalia, H., Ghosh, S., Reddy, C. S., Nandy, S., Singh, S. and Kumar, A.S. (2018). Assessment of Historical Forest Cover Loss and Fragmentation in Asian Elephant Ranges of India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-019-7696-5.
35) Singh, D. and Singh, S. (2018). Geospatial Modeling of Canopy Chlorophyll Content Using High Spectral Resolution Satellite Data in Himalayan Forests. Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (April 2018) 6(1): 20-34. Print ISSN: 2320-6411. Online ISSN: 2320-642X.
36) Singh, D., Mishra, A. and Singh, S. (2018). Hyperspectral Data-Based Waveform Parameters Response for Forest Leaf Area Index. Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (April 2018) 6(1): 59-71. Print ISSN: 2320-6411. Online ISSN: 2320-642X.
37) Wang, Z; Taylor, S.; Sharma, P.; Flury, M. 2018. Poor extraction efficiencies of plastic nano- and microbeads from biosolids and soil. PLOS ONE 13(11): e0208009.
38) Chen, C., J. Shang, X. Zheng, K. Zhao, C. Yan, P. Sharma, and K. Liu. 2018. Effect of physicochemical factors on transport and retention of graphene oxide in saturated media. Environ. Pollution 236:168-176.
39) Jamba, N. and Kumar B.M. 2018. Medicinal plants in the broad-leaf mixed coniferous forest of Tshothang Chiwog, Bhutan: Floristic attributes, vegetation structure, ethnobotany and socioeconomic aspects. FRONTIERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 5:96. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00096
40) Sharma Aviram, 2018, “Science-Based Mandatory Standards and the Implementation Gap: The Case of Bottled Water Regulations in India”. Current Science, 114 (1), 29-33.
41) Devi R M, Patasaraiya M K, Sinha B, Saran S, Dimri A P, Jaiswal R K. 2018.Understanding the linkages between climate change and forest, Current Science, 114 (5): 987-96.
42) Ghosh M. & Sinha B. 2018 Policy analysis for realizing the potential of timber production from Trees Outside Forests (TOF) in India, International Forestry Review Vol.20(1), 89-103
43) Ghosh M. & Sinha B. 2018 Institutional Imperatives for Promoting Trees Outside Forests (TOFs) to Enhance Timber Production in India, Small Scale Forestry DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-018-9407-4
44) Markandya, A., Dhavala, K., & Palma, A. (2018). The role of flexible biofuel policies in meeting biofuel mandates. AIMS Energy, 6, 530-550.
45) Arto, I., Dhavala, K.,. Bulavskayab, H. Boonman, S. Moghayerb, J. Hu, T. Filatovad and L.Niamird (2018) What would a socio-economic and energy technology system be like if we limit climate change to Paris Agreement? An hybrid modelling system approach, Indian Society for Ecological Economics Conference proceedings, INSEE, KILA, India.
46) Naseri, B., Tabari, M., Phartyal, S.S. & Abedi, M. (2018). Deep physiological dormancy in seeds of Balkan maple (Acer hyrcanum): a rare tree in the Hyrcanian Mountain forest of Iran. Seed Science & Technology, 46:473-482.
47) Sayan Bhattacharya, Kaushik Gupta, Uday Chand Ghosh (2017). Synthesis, characterization and trivalent arsenic sorption potential of Ce-Al nanostructured mixed oxide. IOP Conference Series: Material Science and Engineering, Vol. 188: 1-9 (ISSN: 1757-8990).
48) Sayan Bhattacharya (2017). Application of nanostructured materials in fluoride removal from contaminated groundwater. European water, Vol. 58: 87-93 (ISSN: 1105-7580).
49) Sayan Bhattacharya, Arkajyoti Shome, Abhishek Dutta (2017). Environmental Survey and photographic documentation of a forest edge hamlet situated in the Eastern Himalayas, India. Proceedings of the Scholar Summit 2017 at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (10th-12th October, 2017), pp. 194-210. ISBN No. 978-979-8972-87-4.
50) Sharma Aviram, 2017, “Drinking Water Quality in Indian Water Policies, Laws and Courtrooms: Understanding the Intersections of Science and Law in Developing Countries” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 37 (1), 45-56.
51) Sharma Aviram, 2017, “Payment for Ecosystem Services”. Economic and Political Weekly, 52 (36), 73-74.
52) Yang, W., Y. Wang, J. Shang, K. Liu, P. Sharma, J. Liu, and B. Li. 2017. Antagonistic effect of humic acid and naphthalene on biochar colloids transport in saturated porous media. Chemosphere 189:556-564.
53) Yang, W., Y. Wang, P. Sharma, B. Li, K. Liu, J. Liu, M. Flury, J. Shang. 2017. Inuence of naphthalene on transport and retention of biochar colloids through saturated porous media. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 530:146-154.
54) MOHAN KUMAR, B., Handa, A.K., Dhyani S.K. and Arunachalam A. 2017. Agroforestry in the Indian Himalayan Region: An Over-view. In: Temperate Agroforestry 2 nd edition (AW Gordon, ed.). CABI (invited) (in press)
55) Nair P. K. R. and MOHAN KUMAR, B. 2017. Climate change, carbon sequestration, and coconut-based ecosystems. In: Coconut Monograph. KUK Nampoothiri and PK Thampan (eds). CPCRI, Kasaragod, India (in press).
56) Kittur, B.H., Sudhakara, K., MOHAN KUMAR B., Kunhamu, T. K., Sureshkumar, P. 2017. Effects of clump spacing on nutrient distribution and root activity of Dendrocalamus strictus in the humid region of Kerala, peninsular India. JOURNAL OF FORESTRY RESEARCH. doi:10.1007/s11676-017- 0391-x, Springer, The Netherlands.
57) Jose, S., Walter, D. and MOHAN KUMAR, B. 2017. Ecological considerations in sustainable silvopasture design and management. AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS. Springer, The Netherlands. DOI 10.1007/s10457-016- 0065-2.
58) Russell, A.E. and MOHAN KUMAR B. 2017. Forestry for a Low-Carbon Future: Integrating Forests and Wood Products into Climate Change Strategies. Report on Reports. ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE AND POLICY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 59:2, 16-23, DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2017.1274580. Taylor and Francis, USA.
59) Jha, S.K., Mishra.S., Sinha, B., Alatalo, J.M., Pandey, R. 2017. Rural Development Program in Tribal Region: A Protocol for Adaptation and Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability, Journal of Rural Studies, 51: 151-157
60) Sinha B, Basu A and Ghosh M. 2017, Role of Mahaama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Contributing Towards Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study of Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh. In P Dutta and S Majumdar (eds) Sustainable Development Goals Perspectives from the Indian Villages, Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, p.141-147.
61) Yadava R N and Sinha B. 2017, Content Analysis of Top Profit Making Companies towards Sustainability and Sustainable Development. In P Dutta and S Majumdar (eds) Sustainable Development Goals Perspectives from the Indian Villages, Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, p.230-239.
62) Devi R M, Sinha B, Dimri A P and Saran S. 2017. Application of Regional Climate Models in assessing climate change impact in forest of Kanha Tiger Reserve, Indian Forester,143(9):921-927.
63) Sinha B,Basu, A. and Ghosh, M. 2017. Role of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in contributing Towards Sustainable Development:A case Study of Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh. In Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, 141-147.
64) Yadava, RN and Sinha. B. 2017. Content Analysis of Top Profit Making Companies towards Sustainability and Sustainable Development. In Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, 230-239.
65) Sayan Bhattacharya, Kaushik Gupta, Uday Chand Ghosh (2017). Synthesis, characterization and trivalent arsenic sorption potential of Ce-Al nanostructured mixed oxide. IOP Conference Series: Material Science and Engineering, Vol. 188: 1-9 (ISSN: 1757-8990).
66) Sayan Bhattacharya (2017). Application of nanostructured materials in fluoride removal from contaminated groundwater. European water, Vol. 58: 87-93 (ISSN: 1105-7580).
67) Sharma Aviram, 2017, Drinking Water Quality in Indian Water Policies, Laws and Courtrooms: Understanding the Intersections of Science and Law in Developing Countries. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 37 (1), 45-56.
68) Sharma Aviram, 2017, Payment for Ecosystem Services. Economic and Political Weekly, 52 (36), 73-74.
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