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President Mukherjee lays foundation stone of Nalanda University, a PACE-D NZEB Pilot

President Pranab Mukherjee laid the foundation stone for the campus of Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar, on 27th August 2016. He also presided over the convocation ceremony of the university and conferred post-graduation degrees on the university’s first batch of graduating students.

Nalanda University is a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Pilot project of USAID’s PACE-D TA Program. Once completed, it will be the first net zero energy, net zero emissions, net zero water, and net zero waste educational campus in the country. PACE-D team is providing technical assistance to achieve the sustainability goals established by the university. Sustainability measures proposed for the university are showcased on the NZEB Knowledge Portal, another PACE-D initiative.

Nalanda University is a truly international collaboration, with 17 East Asian countries contributing to its development. The university has extensive knowledge exchange programs with academic institutions in these countries as well.