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

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Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has become the first university in India to introduce courses on Hindu studies. The program was inaugurated by Rector Prof. VK Shukla during an event organized in hybrid mode to welcome the students of the first batch of MA Hindu Studies.

The curriculum is an inter-disciplinary programme, which was in line with the New Education Policy 2020, Professor Shukla said. The courses under the Faculty of Arts are being conducted at the Center for the Study of India, a center established in the centenary year of the University. It is being organized in association with Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Sanskrit and Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology.

There are total 45 students in the first batch out of which one is a foreign student.

The professor said that the curriculum will expose the world to many unknown aspects of Hinduism and help take its teachings to more people.

Addressing the program, Dr. Vijay Shankar Shukla, Director, Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, stressed the need for such courses on Hindu Studies. He said that the idea behind the curriculum traces back to the 18th century scholar Pt. Ganganath Jha and the journey of Mahamana over time.

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

Chander Shekhar Gwari, Assistant Information and Public Relations Officer, BHU said in a tweet, “The introduction of the first course on Hindu Studies in India is a historic moment and BHU has been established by Mahamana, the great visionary educationist, freedom fighter and social reformer. Madan Mohan Malviya ji, feel proud to start this course.”

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

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

Meanwhile, Professor Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, and Centenary Chair Professor, Center for the Study of India, who presided over the program, outlined the core values ​​of Hinduism and the mantra of unity.

Professor Malini Awasthi, Centenary President of the Center for Bharat Studies called upon the scholars to come forward and preserve the Sanatan tradition.

Centenary President Professor Rakesh Upadhyay said that the curriculum is important for inculcating Sanatan life values, while Prof. Yugal Kishore Mishra spoke about the scientific aspect of Gayatri Mantra.

Coordinator of India Studies Center Prof. Sadashiv Kumar Dwivedi presented a brief structure of the syllabus.

First Published:January 19, 2022, 9:06 pm

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