Banaras Hindu University

The founder of the Banaras Hindu University (Hindi: Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya) is Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya ji. It was founded in 1916. BHU is one of the most prestigious university.

It is the largest residential University in Asia. Over 30000 students from all over India and 65 foreign countries are enrolled in various faculties of the University.
The University has 76 hostels, with  nearly 10000 students staying capacity. It provides all modern amenities including internet for the students of the hostels.It  also have 1400 staff quarters and 7 guest houses on the campus.
BHU is the only University in the world where education facility ranging from nursery schools to Doctoral/ post- doctoral degrees.

Logo of The Banaras Hindu University

BHU standardized it’s colour identity, logo, seal, tagline etc.

The tagline is “The Capital of Knowledge” showing just after BHU.

Here is the image of logo of the Banaras Hindu University.


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Image showing the logo of Banaras Hindu University, in which the goddess Saraswati is surrounded by “om” with bilingual tags.

Saraswati is the goddess of learning, wisdom and knowledge.


In 1904 a meeting was conducted in Varanasi. The president of this meeting was Maharaja Sir Prabhu Narayan Singh.

In this meeting Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya ji presented the idea of a Hindu University. Then in the next meeting held in 31st December, 1905 discussed and published the prospectus of the University.

In January 1906, Malaviya ji met with  The Congress of Hindu Religion (Sanatan Dharma Mahasabha) at Allahabad.  Under the presidentship of Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Govardhan Math considered and approved the scheme. Then a commettee was appointed with Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya ji as it’s secretary.

At the same time in 1907, Mrs. Annie Besant also presented their proposal of establishing a university (The University of India).

In April 1911 Mrs. Annie Besant met with Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya ji.Then  with the collaboration of both proposals, scheme of Hindu University was issued.
Maharaja of Darbhanga also agreed to extend his support.
A society named as, “The Hindu University Society“, was formed and registered in December, 1911. Maharaja Sir Rameshwar Singh Bahadur of Darbhanga as its President and Sir Sundar Lal, a Judge of the Allahabad High Court as its Secretary was appointed.

It’s office was opened at Allahabad on the 1st January, 1912. Funds for the University was collected accross all over the country.

The Banaras Hindu University Bill was introduced in the Imperial legislative council in March ,1915 by Sir Hartcourt Butler. The Imperial legislative council passed the bill on 1st October,1915 and it became the law.


Main campus

The campus of Banaras Hindu University is spread over 1360acres (550 hectares) . The architectural design of the campus buildings is very fascinating.

In the main campus of the University have all kinds of facilities for students and staff of the University. It also runs three schools apart from Kendriya vidyalaya housed inside the main campus.

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Image showing the complete map of Banaras Hindu University main campus.

It has facility of teaching almost all subjects of science, engineering & technology, social sciences, commerce, humanities, law education, visual arts, performing arts, sanskrit vidya dharm vigyan, library science, agriculture, journalism and large number of Indian and foreign languages.

A separate facility especially for girls, Mahila Mahavidyalaya ( affiliated college) is also in the main campus.

Affiliated colleges and schools

  • RGSC –  Rajiv Gandhi South  Campus. It was established in the year 2006, and the area of campus is 1092.6 hectares (2700 acres).The campus is located about 75 kms away from the main campus, at Barkachha in Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Mahila maha vidyalaya ( within main campus)
  • Arya mahila Mahavidyalaya
  • DAV post graduate college
  • vasanta college for women
  • vasant kanya Mahavidyalaya

Banaras Hindu University runs three schools apart from affiliated colleges, these are;

  • ranvir sanskrit vidyalaya
  • central hindu boys school
  • central hindu girls school.


The academic system of the University is divided into Institutes and faculties. There are 6 institutes and 14 faculties in the University.


  • Indian Institute of Technology (I. I. T. BHU )
  • Institute of science
  • Institute of medical sciences
  • Institute of management studies
  • Institute of agricultural sciences
  • Institute of environmental and sustainable development.


  • Faculty of social sciences
  • Faculty of arts
  • Faculty of Ayurveda
  • Faculty of education
  • Faculty of commerce
  • Faculty of law
  • Sanskrit Vidya dharma vijnan sankaya
  • Faculty of performing arts
  • Faculty of visual arts

Faculty of visual arts is subcategorised into 5 faculties, these are as follows;

  • Painting
  • Applied arts
  • Plastic arts
  • Textile designing
  • Pottery and ceramics.

Library System of Banaras Hindu University

History of BHU Library

The library system of BHU was first made by the precious donation of Prof. K. Telang in 1917. As university grows up the library shifted to central hall of the arts college in 1921.

New building of the library was built in 1941 with the donation of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda.

Present Library System

In present time the University library system consists a central library (Sayaji Rao Gaekwad).

There are 3 Institute libraries, 8 faculty libraries, 25 departmental libraries.

The whole library system is with a collection of over 15 Lac volumes for students, faculty members, researchers and technical staff.

Cyber library of the University have huge collection of digitalized rare books. It is fully air-conditioned. It’s seating capacity is over 200.
BHU provides the facility of transport and security to female students using the facility of cyber library between 10 P. M. to 5 A. M.

How to Get Admission In The Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University releases applications for admission every year in the month of January or February.

Undergraduate Entrance Test (UET) is conducted by BHU to take admission into undergraduate programs. BHU UET is a national level entrance examination.

The application forms gets available in the official website of BHU ( www.bhuonline.in ).

BHU UET is computer based test and conducted via online mode only.

Earn While Learn Programme of Banaras Hindu University

As we already know that the BHU is the largest residential University, with about 30000 students are registered. But most of the students are staying outside the campus because of not getting place in the hostels.

So the University runs a programme named as ” Earn While Learn”. This is for the students who are belonging to economically backward families.

Under this programme student get job in the University campus and can earn a monthly stipend of money as per the work student is doing.

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List of Vice-chancellors of The Banaras Hindu University

The list of all vice-chancellors of the University is as follows;
– Sir Sunderlal (1/4/1916 – 13/12/1918).
– Dr. P. S. Shivaswami Iyer (13/4/1918 – 8/5/1919).
– Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya (29/11/1919 – 6/9/1938).
– Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (17/9/1939 – 16/1/1948).
– Dr. Amar Nath Jha (27/2/1948 – 5/12/1948).
– Pt. Govind Malaviya (6/12/1948 – 21/11/1951)
– Acharya Narendra Dev (6/12/1951 – 31/5/1954).
– Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Iyer (1/7/1954 – 2/7/1956).
– Dr. V. S. Jha (3/7/1956 – 16/4/1960).
– Justice N. H. Bhagwati (16/4/1960 – 15/4/1966).
– Dr. Triguna Sen (9/10/1966 – 15/3/1967).
– Dr. A. C. Joshi (1/9/1967 – 31/7/1969).
– Dr. K. L. Shrimali (1/11/1969 – 31/1/1977).
– Dr. Motilal Dhar (2/2/1977- 15/12/1977).
– Dr. Hari Narain (15/5/1978-14/5/1981).
– Dr. Iqbal Narain (19/10/1981-29/4/1985).
– Dr. R. P. Rastogi (30/4/1985-29/4/1991).
– Dr. C. S. Jha (1/5/1991-14/6/1993).
– Prof. D. N. Mishra (8/2/1994-27/6/1995).
– Prof. Hari Gautam (2/8/1995-25/8/1998).
– Prof. Y. C. Simhadri (31/8/1998-20/2/2002).
– Prof. P. Ramchandra Rao (20/2/2002-19/2/2005).
– Prof. Panjab Singh (03/5/2005-07/05/2008).
– Prof. D. P. Singh (08/05/2008-21/08/2011).
– Dr. Lalji Singh (22/8/2011-21/8/2014).
– Girish Chandra Tripathi (27/11/2014-26/11/2017).
– Rakesh Bhatnagar (28/03/2018-present).

Vishwanath Temple of The Banaras Hindu University

The temple of Lord Shiva is situated in the center of the campus. It is also known as “Vishwanath Temple” (in short v.t.).


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Image showing the Vishwanath Temple situated in the centre of the main campus. Bana

It is made up of white marbles. The temple’s surrounding is full of beautiful gardens which attracts the visitors more.

In interior part of the temple verses from Hindu scriptures are inscribed on the walls with full explanation.

Alumni of The Banaras Hindu University

These are some notable alumni of the Banaras Hindu University.

Siddharth Arora
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Jay Chaudhary
Onkar Nath Srivastava
Manoj Tiwari
Bhupen Hazarika
C. N. R. Rao
Manoj Sinha
Hazari Prasad Dwivedi
Robert M. Pirsig etc.

Research Centres of Banaras Hindu University

BHU research centre includes;

  •  DBT centre of genetic disorders
  • centre for environmental science and technology
  • nano Science and Technology center
  • hydrogen energy center
  • centre for experimental medicine and surgery
  • centre for women’s studies and development (CWSD)
  • centre for study of Nepal (CNS)
  • Malviya centre peace research (MCPR)
  • centre for rural integrated development (CIRD)
  • Centre for study of social exclusion and inclusive policy (CSSEIP)
  • DST centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences.



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