India to host first global Buddhist conference

The meet will witness participation of eminent scholars from reputed Buddhist institutions based in India and abroad

India to host first global Buddhist conference
ICCR Chief Vijay Sahasrabuddhe (Left) and ICCR Director General Dinesh K Patnaik (right)

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will organize the first ever two-day Global Buddhist Conference beginning Nov. 19. The ICCR is an autonomous organization of the government and is involved in the country’s external cultural relations through cultural exchanges with other countries and their people.

The conference will take place at Nava Nalanda Mahavira campus, Nalanda, in Bihar. Nalanda was renowned for its Buddhist university in ancient India. It rose to the legendary status due to its vital contribution to various facets of education and learning. Gautam Buddha is also said to have delivered lectures in the university.