Given the international fame of the former University of Taxila (6e-5e century BC AD), historians have long called for the rebirth of this seat of knowledge. Once again, a call has been made for the revival of the university. Since Taxila is located in the Gandhara region, which has long been a cradle of civilization, especially Buddhism and the culture associated with it, it will attract tourists from all over the world, including Buddhist countries. People from Pakistan and other countries visit the place to see the ancient university and the glory of Gandharan civilization. The creation of a higher education institution in Taxila will attract students from all walks of life, thus giving more importance to the country.
Chinese travelers Fahien and Huein Tsang spoke about the grandeur of Gandhara’s capital and the international university. Taxila, known as Takshila in ancient times, and the region of Gandhara are dotted with Buddhist monasteries and stupas. The region needs to be better presented to the world given the international renown it enjoys. Pakistan is located in a region where civilization has flourished since ancient times. There is the Indus Valley civilization. Historians agree that the history of the subcontinent begins with the civilization of the Indus Valley. Moen Jo Daro in Sindh was the capital of the southern part of the Indus Valley country and Taxila the capital of its northern part, known as Harappa. Along with many other cultures and civilizations, an Indo-Greek culture flourished in the region before the Christian era. The famous grammarian Panini was born in the region and taught at the University of Taxila.
The relaunch of the University of Taxila will be a great success. Several years ago, an old university was revived in a neighboring country where teachers and students from both local and foreign countries teach and study. A few years ago, a politician from the subcontinent described Taxila as being located on the south bank of the Ganges. A ridiculous consequence of ignoring history.
Posted in The Express Tribune, September 29e, 2021.