International Buddhist University in Sanchi on Lanka’s request
Jun 27, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
An International Buddhist University will be established in Sanchi, India in the near future in accordance with a request made by Sri Lanka, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters in Colombo yesterday.
Chouhan who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne and several other senior Government officials during his visit said during deliberations more important decisions too were taken which he described as ones which would further strengthen existing economic, cultural and religious ties between India and Sri Lanka.
He said the Madya Pradesh administration had already identified a 65 acre land as the site for the proposed University and had allocated Rs. 25 million for the project which is to be a joint venture between Sir Lanka and India supported by the Maha Bodhi Society.
The proposal for the University had been put forward when former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka and Minister Dinesh Gunewardana visited Sanchi to open a pilgrims rest some time back.