BHU becomes 1st Varsity in India to start M.A. in Hindu Studies, classes begin

BHU becomes 1st Varsity in India to start M.A. in Hindu Studies, classes begin

Varanasi: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has become the first varsity in India to start course on Hindu Studies. The programme was inaugurated by Rector Prof. VK Shukla, during an event organised in hybrid mode during which the first batch of students of MA Hindu Studies were welcomed. 

The course is an inter-disciplinary programme, which was in line with New Education Policy 2020, Prof Shukla said. The course under Faculty of Arts is being conducted at Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, a centre established in the centenary year of the university. It is being conducted in collaboration with Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Sanskrit and Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. 

The first batch has a total of 45 students of which one is a foreign student. 

The professor added that the course will make the world aware of many unknown aspects of Hindu Dharma and help in taking its teachings to more people. 

Addressing the programme, Dr. Vijay Shankar Shukla, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, underlined the need to have such a course on Hindu Studies. He said the idea behind the course goes back to the 18th century scholar Pt. Ganganath Jha and travels through time to Mahamana. 

However, Prof Shukla said the link was broken for some reason. But, he added, with the initiation of this course the goal appears to have been achieved. 

Chander Shekher Gwari, Assistant Information and Public Relations Officer, BHU, said in a tweet, “The beginning of first ever course on Hindu Studies in India marks a historic moment and BHU, established by the great visionary educationist, freedom fighter & social reformer Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji, takes pride in starting this course.” 

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Gwari added that the course will provide an opportunity to the students from India and abroad to know as well as learn about the principles, methods and practices of Hindu Dharma.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural ceremony was conducted in hybrid mode.

Meanwhile, Prof. Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, and Centenary Chair Professor, Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, who chaired the programme, underlined the values and mantra of unity that are core to the Hindu Dharma. 

Prof. Malini Awasthi, Centenary Chair Professor, Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, called upon the scholars to come forward and preserve the Sanatana Parampara. 

Centenary Chair Professor Prof. Rakesh Upadhyaya said the course was important for building the Sanatana life values, while Prof. Yugal Kishore Mishra spoke about the scientific aspect of Gayatri Mantra. 

Prof. Sadashiv Kumar Dwivedi, Coordinator, Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, presented a brief structure of the course. 

first published:Jan. 19, 2022, 9:06 p.m.

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