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Chinese Pilgrims� Accounts

The best accounts of the University are furnished by the two Chinese pilgrims to India viz, Yuan Chwang who travelled in India for 16 years i. e 629-645 A D as a student of Buddhism, of which he spent five years as a student at the university of Nalanda, and It sang who spent ten years i.e. 675-685 A. D. as a student there Yuan Chwang states that foreign students came to Nalanda to put an end to their doubts and then became celebrated. At the entrance examination of the university only about 20 could pass and 80 failed to get admission. The university thus comprised really the picked scholars who could take their part in its academic life of the highest standard as represented in its �schools of discussions� of which the university was mainly made up. To be a student of Nalanda was thus the highest academic distinction of the day Yuan Chwang states, �Those who bore the name of �Nalanda brother� were all treated with respect wherever they went�. Yuan Chwang supports the claim by stating that the students of Nalanda were looked upon as models.