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Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in1916 with cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University was created under the Parliamentary legislation - B.H.U. Act 1915. It played a stellar role in the independence movement and has developed into the greatest center of learning in India.

It has produced many great freedom fighters and builders of modern India and has immensely contributed to the progress of the nation through a large number of renowned scholars, artists, scientists and technologists who have graced its portals. The area of the main campus of this premiere Central University is 1300 acres, having well maintained roads, extensive greenery, a temple, an air strip and buildings which are an architectural delight. The Air Field of the campus was started for military training for flying during the second world war.

Another campus of the university at Barkachha , in Mirzapur district, covering an area of 2700 acres is coming up. The university comprises 3 Institutes, 14 Faculties 124 Departments, 4 Inter displinary Centers a constituent college for women's and 3 Constituents Schools, spanning a vast range of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities, social science, technology, medicine ,science, fine arts and performing arts. It has 6 centers of Advanced Studies, 10 Departments under Special Assistance Programme and a large number of specialized Research Centers. Four Degree Colleges of the city are affiliated to the University.

Bharat Kala Bhavan, the reputed museum of the university, is a treasure trove of rare collections. The 927 bed hospital of the University is equipped with all the modern amenities. The university provides a wide range of facilities for sport and hobbies, has large playgrounds, a big auditorium, a flying club and many auxiliary services and units like Printing Press, Publication Cell, Fruit Preservation Center, Subsidized Canteens, Employment and Information Bureau, Security etc. The University family consists of about 15000 students belonging to all streams of life, castes and religions and races, about 1700 teachers, and nearly 8000 non-teaching staff A large number of students from foreign countries like the U.S.A, the countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa etc., come to study here. The university has taken a leadership role in promoting new ideas, the spirit of integration of the world, and cultivation of intellect and culture. Banaras Hindu University is small Virtually the universe in microcosm.


Objectives of the University

  • To promote the study of the Hindu Shastras and of Sanskrit literature as means of preserving and popularizing the best thought and culture of the Hindus and all that was good and great.

  • To promote learning and research in arts and science in all branches.

  • To advance and diffuse such scientific, technical and professional knowledge as is best calculated to help in promoting indigenous industries and in developing the material resources of the country.

  • To promote the building up of character in youth, by making religion and ethics an integral part of education.

Banaras Hindu University Attractions:

Malaviya Bhavan

Malaviya Bhavan, the former residence of the founder of the university, was opened for public in 1961 during Malaviya Centenary Year. This memorial building serves as the centre of studies and research on the life and teaching of Mahamanaji. It consists of five main constituents - Geeta-Yoga Library, Yoga Sadhana Kendra, Geeta Samiti, Malaviya Adhyayan Sansthan, and Malaviya Centre for Value Studies. The Centre for Yoga runs Diploma and Certificate Courses in Yoga. The Geeta Samiti organizes morning lectures on religio-philosophical topics. Every Sunday Geeta discourses by eminent persons are held.

The Center for Value Studies offers a short-term course on Value Education for Integrated Personality Development. Malaviya Bhavan has a beautiful garden with a variety of plants. Every year the Flower Show of the University is held here. The Central Assembly Hall of the Malaviya Bhavan is often used for important cultural and religious events and lectures.

Bharat Kala Bhavan

Bharat kala Bhavan, the art and archaeological Museum of Banaras Hindu University, is an internationally known institution. No university in India has a museum of this dimension. Its 100,000 holdings include historically important Archeological materials, paintings, textiles and costumes, literary materials, decorative arts and India philately. The museum has 12 galleries where only 2% of the total collection is exhibited but the museum organizes: Periodical exhibitions. With the dozen academic disciplines visit the museum for study and research. A master’s Degree course in Musicology is conducted in this museum.

The Museum is also frequented by large number of scholars in the related field from various parts of India and abroad and is visited daily by many tourists both national and international. Participation in national 7 international exhibition has been one of its activities. Its other activities include organization of memorial lectures, periodical lectures, seminars and symposia, workshop on various aspects of Indian history and culture. The museum houses a well organized library with particular refrences to books on Indian art and culture. One of the major activities of this museum has been its publication programme. So far it has twenty three publications. The museum owes its origin and subsequent development to Padmavibhusan Rai Krishnadasa. Nobel Laureate poet Ravindra Nath Tagore had been its first Honorary Chairman. Father of Nation Mahatme Gandhi visited the collection. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru laid the foundation of the present building in the universitymin 1950 and in 1962 when the building was ready, he inaugurated it for the people. The museum has been declared as a University Museum of National importance.

Health Care

Established in 1926 with 96 beds, Sir Sundarlal Hospital of S.H.U. has grow into a 927 bed hospital (750 for Modern Medicine, 127 for Aurvedic, Private 42 beds and others) with all modern medical, surgical and, investigation amenities. It is the onlyTertiary Care Hospital in the North-Eastern U.P., which caters to more than 10 crore population. It is primarily a teaching and training hospital attached to the institute of Medical Sciences, B.H.U. The Hospital consists of the following sections –OPD, Emergency, and Inpatient ICU/CCU, OT services, Referral Services, Blood Bank, highly equipped CSSD & Laundry, center for clinical investigations, Radiology, Microbiology immunology and Mortuary.

The Hospital has all the Clinical disciplines which include Radiotherapy &: Radiation Medicine, Pediatrics - Surgery, Ophthalmology , E & T, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, General Medicine, Endocrinology Nephrology, Neurology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology and Dental Surgery. The daily turnout of patients is about 1,700 in O.P.D and annually’ there are 30,000 admissions. The annual turnout of OPD patients is about ,5,30.000.The approximate bad occupancy is 95% and total Surgical: an operation done annually is about 30,000 (45% major and 55% minor). Free diet to 40% of inpatients is offered. Besides, the hospital has a kidney Transplant Unit. The unique feature of the hospital is that it renders specialty and special services through Modern Medicine, Aurveda and Yoga under one roof. The Hospital also has a Nursing: School affiliated to U.P. State Medicine Faculty, Lucknow, which admits 24 students get free medical treatment including tests. In the main hospital also students receive attention on priority basis. Special medical attention is given to the foreign students.

The Central Library
  • Banaras Hindu University, with 3 Instituted and 14 faculties comprising 124 subject departments, has an elaborate Library system with the Central Library at the apex, the 3 Institute libraries, 8 faculty libraries & 25 departmental libraries. The total collection in the libraries of the university exceeds 11 lakh volumes including over 10,000 manuscripts in various scripts.

  • The Central Library is one of the largest libraries of the country. It was established in the Telang Hall of the Central Hindu College in the Kamachha campus of the University in 1916, with a small but precious collection donated by Prof. P. K. Talang. Nurtured in its infancy. But the renowed historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar, it had eminent scholars of the library science like Dr. S. R. Ranganathan, the father of library movement in India, as its libraries.

  • The Central Library changed its location to present building, in 1941, situated in the main campus. The construction of the present majestic building was. Started in 1927 with a very generous donation from Maharaja Sayajirao'  Gaekward of Baroda after whom it has been named. This elegant building was, designed, London, on the suggestion of Mahamana Malaviyaji.

  • The Central Library of the university is the only refrence and research supporting library in the vicinity of about 300 km. The library collectionhas unique pieces of rarities of books and journals dating back to the 18th century. In addition to its main collection, the library has specialized collections like MSS collection, Rare and out of print materials collection, Reserve collection, United Nations & Government Publications collection, local History collection, University and its founder collection Staff, Publications collection etc.

Central Office Complex

The Central Office Complex of the University of the Registrar’s Office, the Finance Office, Internal Audit Office, the Controller of Examinations’ Office, Public Relation Office and a Multipurpose Hell. The main building of the Central Office comprises the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Office of the Registrar, two Committee room, and a number of divisions like Administrative, Academic, Development, Accounts, Finance, University Works Development and Audit office. This Building is flanked on the one side by the building of the Controller of Moderation Cell, etc. It organizes all the Examination of the University including Entrance: Tests. The Multi Purpose Hall with a seating capacity for 1000 examinees is used as venue for examinations. The central office co-ordinates the functioning of the office of all the institutes and Faculties of the University.

Barkachha Campus

Banaras Hindu University has a sprawling campus of 2700 acres in the district of Mirzapur at a distance of about 90 kmls. From Varanasi. There is a proposal to develop it as the second Campus of the University. A present this Campus has a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) 0 the Institute of Agriculture, a Guest House, a P. G. Hostel, a Banaras Hindu University being a residential University, most of the students cow-shed and a large number of agricultural research farms. At the farm field of the campus as also in framers fields demonstrations are given by the scientists and technologists of the institute to the framers of the twelve blocks of the district about methods of cultivation, farm machinery, plant protection chemicals. Known-how, seeds, Plant periodically visit the KVK Center for in-field training a interaction with the framers. There is a great scope for the development horticulture and forestry hilly ranges, waterfalls, streams, springs and overspread greenery.


Banaras Hindu University being a residential University, most of the students reside in hostels. The University has a chain o.53 hostels. Most of the hostels are situated in the hostel row of the campus. Different hostels are marked for different disciplines & Faculties. For girls there are ten hotels, four in the compound of MMV and the rest at other locations on the campus. There are three hostels for boys located in the city. Some big hostels are for foreign students.

Each hostel runs its own mess service for convenience of the student inmates and the entire hostel has basic amenities, T.V., games room and common room. The playgrounds fronting the hostels enable the students to spend time in games.

University Sport Board

The University Sports Board, an important unit of Banaras Hind University, coordinates different sports activities among various units of the University, Its function involves selection and coaching of sportsmen in different games and sand teams for participation in Competitions I Tournaments organized at the zonal and All-India levels, under the auspices of the Association of India University Sports Board looks after 19 games for which training in organized by able coaches in Four complexes. In the Amphitheatre Group Ground, training and coaching is done in 13 games likes Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hand ball , Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Tennis , Table Tennis, Volleyball, Boxing ,Sqash. Shivaji Hall casters to the ned of Gymnastic and malkhambh, Weight lifting and Best physique, Wrestling and Yogasan. The J.K. Badminton Hall is an indoor Badminton Hall and the Swimming Pool meets the requirement of Aquatics. An Indoor Stadium is fast coming up which is not yet at other University.

Vishwanath Temple

The Vishwanath temple of the University is a massive temple complex consisting of seven temples. The Shiva temple is in the ground floor and the Lakshmi Narayan and the Durga temple are in the first floor. This elegant temple structure is located almost at the centre of the University campus. The laying of the foundation stone of the temple took place in March 1931 and took almost thre decades to complete its construction. Its sky penetrating spiraling top is 252 ft. high. The whole of Geta and extract from the sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner walls of the temple. Devotes, pilgrims and tourists from allover the world visit the temple throughout the year. Religious dissourses are held periodically in the central hall of the temple. Vishwanath temple is the spiritual center of the University.

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