External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hosted the first meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on External Affairs for 2013 at Rajgir on Tuesday.
According to an MEA release, the meeting deliberated upon India's cultural diplomacy and the role envisaged in this regard from Nalanda and South Asian Universities.
Public outreach programmes of the Ministry of External Affairs through its Public Diplomacy initiatives to create general awareness of India's diplomatic efforts, also came up for discussion during the meeting.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also interacted with Members of the consultative committee.
Besides the committee members, senior MEA and ICCR officials attended the meeting at the Convention Centre in Rajgir.
Committee members used the opportunity to visit the ancient site of the Nalanda University, an abiding example of India's historic links with the East and South Asian countries.
They also visited the site of the modern Nalanda University, which celebrates and revives the ancient Nalanda, in a modern context, and a contemporary setting.
The Nalanda University will be the centre piece of India's cultural diplomacy, and act as a bridge between the past and the future.
The meeting was held in Rajgir to provide a first-hand experience of modern Nalanda and a better appreciation of its contribution to reviving our links with the East and South Asian countries and an innovative combination of parliamentary and public diplomacy interface. (ANI)