Nearly 80 billion VND (3.8 million USD) has been invested in the building of a Buddhist institute in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

According to the headmaster, Most Venerable Thich Tam Tuong, the institute will be located in Dien Phu commune with a total area of 10 hectares.

Construction began in late 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

The institute has enrolled 75 students, who are monks and nuns at pagodas from the Central Highlands provinces of Dak Nong, Kon Tum, Lam Dong, Gia Lai and central Khanh Hoa Province, for its first training course.-VNA