"A teaching university would but half perform its function if it does not seek to develop the heart-power

of its scholars with the same solicitude with which it develops their brain-power. Hence it is that the proposed university has placed formation of character in youth as one of its principal objects. It will seek not merely to turn out men as engineers, scientists, doctors, merchants, theologists, but also as men of high character, probity and honour, whose conduct through life would showthatthey bearthe hallmarkof a great university".

- Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya

It gives me immense pleasure to bring forth that BHU has been ranked first among Indian universities in a survey conducted jointly by India Today-Neilsen and published in the 31 st May, 2010 issue of 'India Today'. This monumental achievement is a testimony to the consistent hard work rendered by BHU community in its pursuance of quality higher education.

As we are going to start the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of our great founder Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, this achievement is one of our humble tributes to his vision. On this auspicious occasion, it can be envisioned that BHU is well poised to emerge as an institution of international repute, in line with the dreams of our revered founder.

I congratulate the BHU fraternity on this recognition and pray for its scaling still greater heights in future.

Vice Chancellor

UNlVERSlTlES

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w,m; flJvol, d..Jtt w,llir u H1wtl-5IAgf1' proeess-as dold-e-d beli}'o'I,

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allowod t 'l·a:1I 1.1lek.own UlJil;'B1'.Si'l;Y. Th6~r W¢JiI WeJr:i Mlwd to dlisill'lliUkl- 100 poinL'i- nCTO !ffi! !lila! param ~tell'S. E'll;:h.lP.~ ter was ~'l5J:ped ;f), \"!te.lghl&,gfl h!i:s4ld CD ~he. 8,''CI'a~ Il:tnpol1mll': given Dr '!.lit! 1!I;ql rts,

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TI~ _ QVe>rEiJ], ,C,i"CCptlJJlal 5tlCW-e Ilir Ell Ulni\l\t:!_r-;si~ywas 1iI:uJ' Jteil on, LQe bllsi."lJ:llfthe r.alli1lJl> giwm. by the ~1!'P('r'ts ml ILhc st" '1;;:I~y p-ocallleOOr-l'l', based lim lb ir mliJjOrta.r1l • The Iilil1h'liflrsKies Woe.lIlll (!-1m r,Mked.oll ~he basis f thir . "&ran pEn:flptmd scores. Thus at all'G'ffiJd f'fui - !ill'.::~. a: 1£!itnf"l'O'p SiO'Ll.I'liversll-i,;i',8 Wwi, gJmm~OUi d.

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St'flP 5~ '1:ho "!"'efg~l)I,gt'l or per~ tuaraad fltc.lfIAII mro:n~,alimn bll$idI (In (hl.'! 'r,Ipinj(l.1!:l'" (If ~€1 t'1f[I!fJrtsai'ter Step 3\vW!.lIJen CB 1-· ~uJ ~d~d. TlilI~'~ IlIJ,e ~Wf~J'",n 8~jre. r(lr'Lhi."lllf!11"'~rsUjE!.!:1, 8: we3Sh~',e uf 41l [lur CIIl:(Il-wru;: IrP]!!Ille,d m til!'! O\im<dl ~ercllplE1El.! ~tmlil !!:lId 60 per '[~lIll 't;o 'nv~~1 f~LCtU!1.l!I.frI10]"$; ~

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sU!p,ply thf!m<alJ!pilWG'i Il""erll!d ~o make '~,a eottl1lry's con:~riil:nHjQ:liIIs ~u the b:JQ1I.!ki",d~I)OOflom.Y :SQlEght ... 'Ift(M:'. ~l'Iea~~ mul (rroQfU!ihle.

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Im;!ia. S ll!'lj\i',~r..8ity 8d1U~3:nio.rn 15 J1tllla'l1t m gl.'i'e cm:n' s~d'l.-~~r ecmilOrflY C"'C~] mpn ,r~f ~ cUltl.iln.g·!3dg~ over the mlli:t demmo. T,his i!;Vi~IY aNiMA 1TI11,\,"o' dm;::i{i.~d k:I firnd owl vi,'hRIN'! (JOf ~~f!.diIlig l'tligltar ~duCII.tlo:n lrulllUUolls sblLnril, 'kHiA.liy. T~I L[iC'n:blTy Lndia '$ lQjp SOu!l!Tl<ocsiM:'eS. U:.'li C~IlIJ\a5 of i!1(.oo]Jilflc:e .inlla.e .kJnjA'\il~!I:I:gJl! bi,JSij[j~ss, \It"G '\'l'TI;rk~d, wWllrds imt,tilmmj· tmtg tN1Il1i'I 'rolMr"s Top UniMIli11'ily :f!l!llik~tiI:g.... il1pal'iln~rS:hj;p, \ll,!Jtcm 'ill'hlll Nielsen Cml'l[Hl.I:l!l'. Just Hkl! owu' Intire/'s; H~l COU~ge!;i!5tr~ h!\S booom'l'l "vt~1y o;woopt.ed as the ooonlry'i!> m:~~t cliilmprehl!l:ffi'lw ~,[tr!i:!Lba"l~ QJ urmJ~adfU.aw smdliffitS. Lhe UIDlI.<ersft:t1 rll1!tl!.1ngs in1i!!llm tl::! 1IJtIlc~m'!:l iJlt'l !l(~IlQ'b:ba:'l"k ltJ!r (lID 1KI51-~li.U1Lte OOllcat101:i.

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Tbes:e M!!l lmlPress:iv.e achi c _ mBf.li!S bid as the dePliands of the kin(IJ.,"'lledlge 'i;lcono:m)' gr4W •• , :sIO wil:Il!he challenges, lrt:li lIIilia's m~,m' e"d 1Z1l!a;!:ioll s.ys'~m., 'iIib.esll' r -~ui:re aHlilil111hJ~,. blJ:¢]m :iO -:.\Jcale: as ~;eU] ,as ,cl\m;iaiJ, De:!all maam; IlIpda:iling!S:)oIUla.b:i JUld m.trQdUi~.::ingoolmiep: Ulli!l:i rnak th' llIDi'lreNDILiGS ront&m1por.u'Y 'lfIUMliS' grounds for the ~. xt gener.atiau of ~1l'1iU' WIII!:ll scie-1iltist aliih). cale jln;\'OI'V . 01, d'~g .. vith d'i d~emands bemg f!f!;!lId.e lOin, q1i!!!Jjlo/ edluca:~om. h1(I.~a,·~ m~vetn'iaties cu. o.[k'fi be far 'roo sp:ra'l,"I'1ing, aaJ!,;[IJig- it. diLIIil,r.;IlIiI!!. 'ID administ4.n: T,ht\f is a. Idlisplllte wirhb::! !the eu, far i:m'taIlce .• O"'~T ioJf!roadiIJdng a sWI'IJ.!~ter sySl;ef.l~ ,@fsevell'W 'x:amin~i!tHms fu <I:- i!;i'lLJl!gle ,!!'eM, The rnr has 19 oo.lIeg~,!i"tNI· UIli:Wir3ity ~69 af[i.liut<ed ooIJegc65 ,QJlid 129' :I'e.co .. is~ rese!iil"i';:,hirultllUtioos and fh:6 '[J1l!iV\~rsiity o(Mad:r,ru; has 72 Idie~llcmne:_Qts: ofpalst-gtad,· nata I .. m-nil'tg Rru,d 1.52 aJlmat d coil "gs:. \'Vllat oor!.ai'llly IfiJ dsto 1rI~1 eVcIilltlated are these manbers I~n·]a;lion_ to thes1.ruC'tw:e' ~.Ui<t mai!kes up a Singilli; 'I!m_de~'l. priJs,~I'OO5 Wl.il'llIlF'Sity.

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Chanting expansion mantra has catapulted the universityto new heights

There are very few universities in the country that can boast of having a deep-rooted connect with the country's history, besides being a centre for excellence in academics and extra-curricular activities. The Barraras Hindu University (BtTU) in Varanasi belongs precisely to this league.

Established in 1916, BHU was founded by social reformer and free-

dom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya who travelled extensively across the country to gather funds and donations to set up the university. In his endeavours, he was supported by social activist Annie Besant, Once the foundation of the university was laid, studying in I3HU became a rage among the students. Such was the euphoria that at the time of third Parliament

around 1962, as many as 137 MPs were BHU aJumni. Mahatma Gandhi himself visited the university about 13 times and lived with the students and teachers to guide them on matters related to the freedom struggle and to emphasise on the importance of education. It is no surprise then that the uni.versity has produced a number of eminent politicians, scientists, bureaucrats and has

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churned out numerous success stories.

In fact, BHU'S role in setting up the higher education network is often forgotten. BHU played an integral part in setting up the now internationally recognised Indian Institute of Technology. "We had already set up the technology and engineering institutes at a time when there were no such institutes in the country," says Professor B.N. Pandey, head of the media and public relations cell. In 1918, SHU had its full-fledged engineering institute called the Institute of Technology (IT) with departments like glass technology, geophysics, and metallurgy. Many alumni of this college have been responsible for setting up the modern IITS. "You may highlight the IlTS and other institutes, but the fact is that it was BHU that played a pivotal role in the creation of th.e today's TITS," says an IT professor, adding that almost all BHU stu.dents in IT get placed every year while the students of the medical, agriculture and science departments also get lucrative offers. Pandey says that at presentsuu registers highest number of research papers and thesises in the country.

Science may seem like SHU'S core strength but the humanities form an essential asset to the university. The frontrunner here is the Department of Musicology that has played a pioneering role in developing the theoretical aspect ofthe drscipline, It has also given a number of musicians and instrumentalists to the country like eminen t violinist N. Raj an.

Over the years, SHU has included a number of courses in its syllabi, from astrology and meta.llurgy to visual and performing arts. Spread across 3,000

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acres of sprawling land, the SHU campus has more than 30,000 students and more than 2,000 faculty members. "What attracts the students from India and abroad is the variety of courses. I do not think there would be any other tmiversity in the country that offers 140 courses under one umbrella." says Vrnod Singh, a I;lHU alumnus working with the All. India Radio.

SHU has also come up with innovative ideas such as 'Ea:rn \l\lJJ.ile You Learn', a scheme that has become immensely popular among young people in the campus. The students are given

"The fact that SHU offers several courses has turned out to be its U5P. What has also worked in our favour is the fact that the campus still maintains the socio-cultural ethos of India. "

D.P. S.INGH, t,/(je-,;halif;t?llor, Bancuas flilldll University

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Rs 50 per hour for working in important areas of social work that include working in hospitals. "A number of students who come from the economically poor backgroQod get substantial support, thanks to the scheme," says Dr Ashutosh Shukla of the BHU Medical College and Hospital,

'The university was rated in the 'Pi category by the National Assessment Accreditatton Council. Many ofits

~ other departments too

J. have received acclaim for the quality of education, For instance, the 1 immunology and bioIogI leal sciences department ~ was ranked third, agri~ cultural and biological a sciences was ranked seventh, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology was ranked eighth. A number of foreign students also seek admission in this prestigious university.

Its past achievements may be innm.idating but expansion and innovation into the future has kept SHU on its feet. The Rajiv Gandhi South Campus of the BHU in Mlrzapur, 80 km from Va:ranasi, offers 45 courses that aim at rural empowerment, and there are plans to expand it further. ''We are planning to develop the second campus as a place where students canbe guided and work towards rural development," says Pandey. The University Grants Commission (uGe) has allocated Rs 27 crore as grant for the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus. Vice-Chancellor D.P. Singh has already raised the issue of expansion in front of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Next in line is the plan to set up Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development with funding from the UGC at the South Campus. "The Prime Minister'S Office has itself declared this university best in the top three," says Pandey. With such elaborate plans, the university is on its way to achieve new milestones. by Subhash Mishm

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