Patna, India, 29 August 2006: A two-member team of senior space scientists from Hyderabad based National Remote Sensing Agency are currently in Nalanda, for field study for satellite imagery exploration in and around the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University in the state of Bihar. The satellite imagery would help to explore the unexplored part of Nalanda ruins, an expert said.
In April, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni during her visit to Nalanda mooted a plan to use satellite imagery for exploration in the area. An expert on Nalanda said the current extent of the more than 2,500-year-old Nalanda ruins is 1.6 square kilometres. The oldest university in the world is believed to have been spread over a radius of 16 km earlier.