Rajya Sabha Current Affairs

India, Rwanda sign MoU for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue

India’s upper house of parliament Rajya Sabha and Senate of Rwanda has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue capacity building and cooperation. It was signed between Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and visiting President of Senate of Rwanda, Bernard Makuza in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The MoU has 6 articles of cooperation and seeks to promote inter-Parliamentary dialogue, capacity building of parliamentary staff, organisation of conferences, forums, seminars, staff attachment programmes. It also calls for conducting workshops and exchanges, collaboration in mutual interest in regional and international multilateral parliamentary bodies in furtherance of bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.

Significance: This is for the first time in 76 years since Rajya Sabha came into being, it has entered into MoU with foreign counterpart for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue. Besides, it makes Venkaiah Naidu first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign such agreement with foreign counterpart.

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Cabinet approves withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Union Cabinet has approved withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha. The amendment bill was introduced to amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions mainly dealing with functioning of Governing Board of Nalanda University.

Nalanda University

Nalanda University revived version of ancient Nalanda University located at Rajgir in Nalanda District of present Bihar. It is non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution. Its idea was mooted by former President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006.

It was established through Nalanda University Act, 2010 on basis of Joint Press Statement at 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October 2009. It functions under Ministry of External Affairs. It is mandated to be engaged in pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies.

Teaching in this university was inaugurated in September 2014. At present, it has 116 students in three schools of studies namely School of Ecology and Environment Studies, School of Historical Studies and School of Buddhist Studies. This includes 35 international students from 21 foreign countries.

Note: The ancient Nalanda University was established in 427 AD during the reign of Gupta king Sakraditya. It was one of India’s earliest university. At its peak, it had attracted scholars and students from near and far with some travelling all the way from Tibet, China, Korea, and Central Asia.

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