Nagpur: The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the new building of International Centre for Buddhist Studies of Nagpur University, near Poornachandra Buty Hall, Ramdaspeth, at 7 pm on April 28.
Union Minister for Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari will be the chief guest. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, MLC Prof Jogendra Kawade and Bhadant Vimalkirti Gunasiri will be the guests of honour. Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Dr SP Kane will preside.
The foundation stone of the building was laid by Gadkari in 2015 on Buddha Pournima day. The two-storeyed building of 10,558 Sq Ft was constructed at the cost Rs 5.47 crore, of which Rs 50 lakh was given by the UGC. The Study Centre is the first of its kind in India. The Centre will help in widening the scope of Buddhist studies with development of its library by procuring books and making available literature through internet. The Centre will be another feather in Nagpur’s cap, known as important place for Buddhists.