The revival invokes the glory of ancient Indias middle kingdoms, specifically the Gupta empire, given that the old university is believed to have been started in the 5th century AD under the reign of the Gupta king, Sakraditya. The old university was a centre of learning and academics so renowned that it was sought by scholars from outside what is modern-day India as well. Perhaps the most noted of such scholars was Huan Tsang (Xuanzang) who taught at the university for more than fifteen years and left history vivid accounts of the academic culture of the day. Nalanda of the yore was also one of the largest residential varsities, accommodating 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers. Given ancient-day Nalandas repute has survived for over 800 yearsthe varsity was destroyed in 1193 in an attack by Turkish invadersit isnt surprising 1,000 applicants from 40 countries, including the US, UK, Spain, China, Germany, Japan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, had sought enrolment at the new university. Extrapolating from such global interest and drawing from history, Nalanda presents an opportunity for India to develop and exploit soft power in the South Asian region, if not outright across the globe.