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Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Address:Lanka
Varanasi (District Varanasi)
Uttar Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 221005


Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Central University.

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is also known as BHU Varanasi.


Principal of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is Prof. T.P Chaturvedi.

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is situated in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Varanasi comes under Varanassi (Benaras Kashi) Tehsil, Varanasi District.

Fax # of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is +91-542-2368174, 2369951, 2369100.

email ID(s) is Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh

Website of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is www.itbhu.ac.in, www.bhu.ac.in, www.bhuonline.in.

Additional Information about Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh is : University Campus
Deptt. of Pharmaceutics  Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University  VARANASI-221 005
B.Pharm.

Vice Chancellor : Prof. D.P. Singh, Tel: 0542 2368938(O) 2368339 (R).

Registrar : Dr.K.P.UpadhyayTel: 0542 2368558(O) 2575304 2308001(R).


Contact Details of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-542-2368781, 6703236, 2368938, 2307220, 2368339, 2307209
www.imsbhu (website address not complete)
Vice-Chancellor Tel: 0542-2307220 (0) 0542-2307209(R)
Vice Chancellor Fax: 0542-2369100(0),2369951(R)
Established under notification no. 225 of 1916.

Staff members:
Dr Shobhna


Courses

Regular Courses by Banaras Hindu University
Department / Courses
Arts
ADVANCED P.G. DIPLOMA-Archaeology
ADVANCED P.G. DIPLOMA-History of Art
ADVANCED P.G. DIPLOMA-Indian Historyand Culture
ADVANCED P.G. DIPLOMA-Numismatics
ARTS-Dance
ARTS-Painting
ARTS-Philosophy
ARTS-Physical Education
ARTS-Psychology
ARTS-Sanskrit
ARTS-Statistics
ARTS-Urdu
B.A. (Hons.)-Arabic
B.A. (Hons.)-Bengali
B.A. (Hons.)-Chinese
B.A. (Hons.)-Economics
B.A. (Hons.)-English
B.A. (Hons.)-French
B.A. (Hons.)-German
B.A.(Hons.)-Hindi
B.A. (Hons.)-History of Art
B.A. (Hons.)-Indian PhilosophyandReligion
B.A. (Hons.)-Kannad
B.A.(Hons.)-Linguistics
B.A. (Hons.)-Marathi
B.A. (Hons.)-Museology
B.A. (Hons.)-Nepali
B.A. (Hons.)-Pali and Buddhist Studies
B.A.(Hons.)-Persian
B.A. (Hons.)-Russian
B.A. (Hons.)-Sanskrit
B.A. (Hons.)-Telugu
B.A. (Hons.)-Urdu
B.F.A.-Applied ArtsPottery & Ceramics
B.F.A.-Painting
B.F.A.-Textile Design
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Arabic
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Bengali
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-English
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Hindi
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Italian
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Japanese
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Persian
CERTIFICATE COURSE:-Urdu
M. A.-Arabic
M. A.-Bengali
M. A.-Chinese
M.A.-English
M. A.-French
M.A.-German
M. A.-Kannad
M.A.-Linguistics
M. A.-Marathi
M. A.-Museology
M.A.-Nepali
M. A.-Pali and Buddhist Studies
M. A.-Persian
M.A.-Russian
M. A.-Telugu
M.A.-Urdu
M.F.A-Applied ArtsPottery & Ceramics
M.F.A-Painting
MFA-Textile Design
PERFORMING ARTS-Music
PERFORMING ARTS-Music (Instrumental)

Biochemistry
M.Sc.-Bio-chemistry

Biotechnology
M.Sc.-Bio Technology

Botany
M.Sc.-Botany

Chemistry
B.Sc.-Chemistry
M.Sc.-Chemistry

Computer Science
B.Sc.-Computer Science
M.Sc.-Computer Science

Economics
B.A.-Economics

Education
B.Ed.-Special-Visual Impairment
M.Ed.-Special-Visual Impairment
Ph. D-Education

Geography
B.Sc.-Geography
B.A. (Hons.)-Geography
M. A.-Geography
M.Sc.-Geography

Geology
M.Sc.-Geology

Geology & Geophysics
M.Sc. Tech-Geophysics

Hindi
M. A.-Hindi

History
B.A.-History
B.A. (Hons.)-History
M. A.-Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology
M. A.-History of Art

Home Science
B.Sc.-Home Science
B.A. (Hons.)-Home Science
M. A.-Home Science
M.Sc.-Home Science

Humanities & Social Sciences
B.A.-Political Science
B.A. (Hons.)-Political Science

Law
L.L.B.-Animal Laws
L.L.B.-Criminology
L.L.B.-Environmental Law
L.L.B.-Intellectual Property Rights
L.L.B.-Labour Law
L.L.B.-Taxation

Maths
B.Sc.-Mathematics
B.A. (Hons.)-Mathematics
M. A.-Mathematics
M.Sc.-Mathematics

Music & Dance
B.Mus-Vocal
D.Mus.-Instrumental
D.Mus.-Vocal
M.Mus-Instrumental
M.Mus-Vocal

Philosophy
B.A. (Hons.)-Philosophy
M. A.-Indian PhilosophyandReligion
M.A.-Philosophy

Physics
B.Sc.-Physics
M.Sc.-Physics

Psychology
B.Sc.-Psychology
B.A. (Hons.)-Psychology
Diploma Programmes-Psychology
M.Sc.-Psychology

Sanskrit
M.A.-Sanskrit

Science
B.Sc.-Botany

Sociology
B.A.-Sociology
B.A. (Hons.)-Sociology

Spectroscopy
Diploma Programmes-Spectroscopy

Statistics
B.Sc.-Statistics
B. A.-Statistics
B.A. (Hons.)-Statistics
M.A.-Statistics
M.Sc.-Statistics

Zoology
B.Sc.-Zoology
M.Sc.-Zoology

Diploma Courses by Banaras Hindu University
Department /Courses
Arts
U. G.-Applied Statistics
U. G.-Arabic
U. G.-Archaeology
U. G.-Chinese
U. G.-English
U. G.-French Studies
U. G.-German Studies
U. G.-Hindi
U. G.-Kannad
U. G.-Marathi
U. G.-Nepali
U. G.-Persian
U. G.-Russian
U. G.-Sinhalese
U. G.-Tamil
U. G.-Telugu
U. G.-Urdu

Regular Courses by Bhatkhande Music Institute
Department / Courses
Music And Dance
B. Ed.-Music
BMUS-Dance
BMUS-Instrumental
BMUS-Vocal
Diploma Programmes-Music
Diploma Programmes-Nipun
Diploma Programmes-Visharad
MMUS-Dance
MMUS-Instrumental
MMUS-Vocal
Ph. D-Dance
Ph. D-Instrumental
Ph. D-Music
Ph. D-Vocal

Other departments of this University:
Department of Computer Science,
Department of Engineering,
Department of Pharmacy,


Profile of Banaras Hindu University

About BHU
Banaras Hindu University ranks among the first few in the country in the field of academic and research output. This university has two campuses, 3 institutes, 16 faculties, 140 departments, 4 advanced centers and 4 interdisciplinary schools. The University is making its mark at the national and international levels in a number of frontier areas of Science, Social Science, Technology, Medicine and Agriculture etc.

A university can grow successfully only when research and teaching mesh together seamlessly - one without the other is incomplete. Therefore we have ensured the development of a collaborative environment conducive to learning, exposure to the best international practices and promotion of innovation and creativity. BHU today has nearly twenty thousand students including 2500 research scholars and 650 foreign students from 34 nations, under one roof who are pursuing different academic programmes at this campus as well as the newly established Rajiv Gandhi South Campus. These are some of the brightest young minds in the country and abroad, who have joined this University after clearing a rigorous All India Entrance Test.

We realize that the rapid pace of development in the country has raised the awareness as well as expectations of the people. Institutions of higher learning are instrumental in providing equality of opportunities, which is the essence of participatory democracy. This will not only remove a sense of alienation and neglect in the backward regions but also prevent out migration from these areas. BHU has established the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus at Barkachha about 75 Kms southwest of Varanasi on 2760 acres of land. The first academic session commenced from 2006-07 with six programmes which has increased to more than 25 in the present session. This campus is emerging as a potential hub to impart education, training and entrepreneurship development skills, to the youth, women and marginalized sections of society in the backward region of Mirzapur and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh, Western Bihar and Northern Madhya Pradesh. The Campus is heading well as per your vision for education to generate new breed of human resource who would be job creators and not job seekers.

Hostel and Residential Accommodation
There are 60 hostels (including 17 Girls Hostel) with an accommodation capacity of 9128 students (7003 boys and 2125 girls) in the campus. The University provides accommodation to its faculty as well as staff. The numbers of residential quarters are 538 and 678 respectively for teaching and non.teaching staff. In addition, the University has 4 guest houses and a transit house to provide accommodation to the guests.

Others
Other infrastructural facilities of the University include:
Workshop Units of Public Relations
Auditoria Publications and Press
Bharat Kala Bhavan (Museum)
Malaviya Bhavan
Dairy Farm
Schools (3)
Post Offices
Petrol Pump
Academic Staff College
Shopping Complex
Airstrip and Helipad
University Club
(Airstripusedbyair wing of NCC)
UWD (University Works Department)
Banks with ATM
Sanitary and Support Services
Electric and Water Supply Services
Canteen
Vishwanath Temple
Telegraph Office
Ayurvedic Garden
Ayurvedic Pharmacy

Introduction
The Banaras Hindu University or BHU is an internationally reputed University and is situated in Varanasi. The great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, founded the Banaras Hindu University in the year 1916. Dr Annie Besant also played an important role in the formation of the BHU. The Banaras Hindu University played an important role in the Indian independence movement. Over a period of time, it has developed into one of the greatest centers of learning in India. The BHU has produced many great freedom fighters and Nation builders. It has immensely contributed to the progress of the nation through a large number of renowned scholars, artists and scientists.

The Banaras Hindu University has a sprawling campus, spanning across 1300 acres. It has well maintained roads (crossing each other at right angle), extensive greenery, a temple, an airstrip and buildings, which are an architectural delight. There is another campus of the Banaras Hindu University at Barkachha, in Mirzapur district, covering an area of 2700 acres. The BHU comprises of 3 Institutes, 14 Faculties, 124 Departments, 4 Interdisciplinary Centers and 3 Constituent Schools, spanning a vast rang of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities, social sciences, science, technology, medicine, fine arts and performing arts.

Banaras Hindu University also has 6 centers of advanced studies, 10 Departments under Special Assistance Programme and a large number of specialized Research Centers. There are four Degree Colleges in Varanasi that are affiliated to the BHU. The Bharat Kala Bhavan, an art and archaeological museum, is a treasure trove of rare collections. The Banaras Hindu University also has a medical college (Institute of Medical Sciences) and an engineering institute (Institute of Technology). Sir Sundar Lal Hospital (having a capacity of 927 beds) is equipped with all the modern amenities and caters to the medical needs of a large population. The University also provides for a well-developed sports infrastructure. BHU has wide range of facilities for sports and hobbies. It has large playgrounds, a big auditorium, a flying club and many other services and utilities like Printing Press, Publication Cell, Fruit Preservation Center, subsidized Canteens, Employment and information Bureau, Security, etc.

The Banaras Hindu University consists of about 15000 students, coming from to all streams of life, castes, religions and races. It has about 2000 teachers and nearly 5000 non-teaching staff. Another important feature of the BHU is the number of foreign students. A large number of students come from the U.S.A., Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, etc. Also called by the name of BHU in short, this University has developed into one of the supreme centers of learning in India. Varanasi Banaras Hindu University has produced many Nation builders and great freedom fighters. It has enormously contributed to the development of the country through a large number of celebrated scholars, scientists and artists. The structure of Varanasi Banaras Hindu University has a high rank amongst the Monuments in Varanasi.

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India was founded in the year 1916 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the great nationalist leader. In the formation of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Dr Annie Besant also played a significant role. The Banaras Hindu University boasts of a sprawling campus spread on 1300 acres of land. It has roads that are well maintained and cross each other at right angles. You will find extensive greenery within the premises of this University. A temple, an airstrip and buildings are some of the other architectural delights at this place. The BHU consists of 3 Institutes. These comprise of 14 Faculties spread across 124 Departments, 4 Interdisciplinary Centers as well as 3 Constituent Schools. An exhaustive range of subjects are offered at BHU that pertains to all branches of social sciences, science, humanities, technology, medicine, performing arts and fine arts.

Under Banaras Hindu University, there are 6 centers of advanced studies too besides 10 Departments that are under Special Assistance Program. Several specialized Research Centers are also a part of BHU. There are four Degree Colleges in this city which are affiliated to the University. The Bharat Kala Bhavan, a popular art and archaeological museum, houses rare collections and is a real treasure trove. The Varanasi Banaras Hindu University also has an engineering institute (called the Institute of Technology) and a medical college (by the name of Institute of Medical Sciences). Sir Sundar Lal Hospital (having 927 beds) is set with all the contemporary amenities and caters to the medical requirements of a large population. The University also offers a well-developed sports infrastructure. Several facilities for different sports and hobbies are offered at BHU. This place has big playgrounds, a flying club, a big auditorium and several other services as well as utilities like Subsidized Canteens, Printing Press, Fruit Preservation Center, Employment and information Bureau, Security, Publication Cell etc.

The Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi is home to nearly 15000 students, coming from various streams of life, religions, castes and races. This University has around 2000 teachers besides 5000 non-teaching staff. Another significant characteristic of the BHU is the large number of foreign students. A majority of these students come from Europe, Asia, the U.S.A., Middle East and Africa. So, to see all these and more, book yourself for a tour to Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi at your earliest.

History
Banaras Hindu University was established in the year 1916 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. BHU played a crucial role in the independence movement and developed into a great center of learning in India. BHU has contributed a lot in the development of the country by producing a number of scholars, artists, scientists and technologists who have helped in building a modern India with their individual contribution to the society.

Banaras Hindu University is ranked among the top universities of the country in the field of academic and research output. The University has made a name even at international level in a number of areas of Science, Social Science, Technology, Medicine and Agriculture etc. The university has seamlessly meshed research and teaching. 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, in 1916 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 centres 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 a menities.

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.

Profile of University
The Banaras Hindu University is a premier central university of international repute, located in Varanashi, India. The University was established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, the great nationalist leader, in 1916 with cooperation of great personalities Like Dr. Annie Besant under the Parliamentary Legislation BHU, Act 1915. Now, It is regarded as the largest residential University in Asia.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU), is the largest residential Central university in Asia, located in Varanasi, India and founded in 1916 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and under the Parliamentary legislation, 'B.H.U. Act 1915'. The fully-residential campus has 140 teaching departments and more than 55 hostels for boys and girls. Its 1350 acre (5.5 km) campus was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh. The total enrollment in the University stands at just over 15000, including students from all over India and abroad. Several of its colleges, including engineering (IT-BHU), science, linguistics, law and medicine (IMS-BHU), are ranked amongst the best in India.The university will host one of the IIT (IIT-BHU) on its premises from academic session 2010.BHU is ranked as the second best university in the field of research after Delhi University.

The Banaras Hindu University comprises 3 Institutes, 14 Faculties, 124 Departments, 4 Inter displinary Centers, a constituent college for women 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.

The total student intake in the University is about 15000 belonging to all streams of life, irrespective of caste, religion, and race. There are about 1700 teachers and nearly 8000 number of non-teaching staff.

The University attracts students not only from all corners o0f India but also a large number of students from foreign countries like USA, the countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa etc come to study in the University.

Founders
Born in an educated orthodox Hindu family at Prayag (Allahabad) in 1861, Madan Mohan Malaviya name to be recognized as an outstanding and noble son of India.

His multifaceted personality made him, at the same time, a great patriot, an educationist with a vision, a social reformer, an ardent journalist, reluctant but effective lawyer, a successful parliamentarian and an outstanding statesman. Among Malaviyaji's many achievements, the most monumental was the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University or Kashi Hindu Vishvidyalaya. In the course of his lifetime Banaras Hindu University came to be known as a Capital of Knowledge acknowledged across India and the World.

A University of international repute, Banaras Hindu University was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1916 along with the cooperation of Annie Besant. It was viewed as University of India by several eminent personalities. The University played an important role in the Indian independence movement and has contribute largely even after independence through a large number of eminent scholars, scientists, technologists. Banaras Hindu University is the largest residential University in Asia.

Banaras Hindu UniversityThis premier Central University is spread over an area of 1300 acres amidst greenery and serenity. The University has another campus at Barkachha, which is in the Mirzapur district. The University consists of three institutes, fourteen faculties, one hundred and twenty four departments, four interdisciplinary centers, a constituent college for women`s and three constituent Schools. The University covers the total spectrum of higher education, relating to all branches of humanities, social science, technology, medicine, science, fine arts and performing arts. The University has six centers of Advanced Studies and ten Departments, which are under Special Assistance Programme along with specialized Research Centers. The four-degree colleges of Varanasi are affiliated to the University, which are Arya Mahila Degree College, V.K.M. Kamachha, Vasant College for Women, Rajghat and D.A.V. Degree College.

A reputed museum, the Bharat Kala Bhavan is located in the University campus, which is treasure house of rare collections. The University campus provides a wide range of amenities, which includes playgrounds, auditorium, a flying club, a temple popularly called Vishwanath Temple and many supplementary services and units like Printing Press, Publication Cell, Fruit Preservation Center, Subsidized Canteens, Employment and Information Bureau, Security.

Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya created history in Indian education with this institution - the first of its kind in the country. He chose Banaras as the site, because of the centuries old tradition of learning, wisdom and spirituality inherent to the place. His vision was to blend the best of Indian education called from the ancient centres of learning - Takshashila and Nalanda and other hallowed institutions, with the best tradition of modern universities of the west.

Great minds and personalities like Annie Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Shyama Charan De and many others joined hand with him in his quest for knowledge, arousing the national spirit in India and winning freedom with the power of education and righteousness.

Malaviya passed away in 1946. But his spirit still lives and there are many who bear the torch that he lit, Many more stand ready to shoulder the mantle of his responsibility.

Objectives
(i) To promote the study of the Hindu Shastras and of Sanskrit literature generally as a means of preserving and popularizing for the benefit of the Hindus in particular and of the world at large in general, the best thought and culture of the Hindus and all that was good and great in the ancient civilization of India;

(ii) to promote learning and research generally in Arts and Sciences in all branches;

(iii) to advance and diffuse such scientific, technical and professional knowledge, combined with the necessary practical training as is best calculated to help in promoting indigenous industries and in developing the material resources of the country; and

(iv) to promote the building up of character in youth by religion and ethics as an integral part of education.

Vice Chancellors Profile
Prof. D. P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor
# Prof. D.P. Singh is the 24th Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Earlier Prof D.P.Singh was Vice-Chancellor of Dr.Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar (M.P.), the oldest University of Madhya Pradesh.

# The tenure of Prof. D.P.Singh as Vice-Chancellor of Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar, has been commendable and successful. Due to tireless effort of Prof. Singh and his team, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) reaccredited Dr. Hari Singh Gour University with "A" Grade in 2007. The University had achieved substantial all round progress in his tenure.

# Recently, during the tenure of Prof. Singh, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India has declared to accord Central University Status to Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar.

# Prof. D.P.Singh is contributing in the management of different National and State level bodies as member of their Executive Councils, Board of Governors/Society such as; National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore; Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, M.P., Council of Science & Technology and M.P. Hindi Granth Academy.

# Prior to his joining Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar (M.P), Prof. Singh has served PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education, - an apex institution of MHRD at Bhopal as Professor in Environmental Science and Head HSE Division and has also served in Universities and colleges as well as in environmental organizations.

# Prof. Singh has 26 years of professional experience in different aspects of Management and Administration; Teaching and Training; Research and Development; project formulation and execution (both international and national); Educational Journalism including editing; Extension and Evaluation in various capacities.

# Prof. Singh has 111 publications to this credit in the form of books, research papers, articles etc. He has also acted as Executive Editor of Indian Journal of Vocational Education.

# Prof. Singh has exposure to International programmes and experience of handling International projects. He is widely traveled person and has visited United Kingdom (4 times), Germany, France, Norway, China, Australia, Hongkong, Thailand and Malaysia for academic pursuits. He has participated in several International programmes / seminars / conferences as Chairperson of technical sessions, group leader, invited speaker and delegate.

# Prof. D.P. Singh possesses managerial and leadership capabilities and has wide experience pertaining to teaching, extension, research and educational planning and administration.

Library
Genesis/History : The Banaras Hindu University Library system, the largest University Library System in the country, germinated from a small but precious collection donated by Prof. P.K. Telang in the memory of his father Justice K.T. Telang in 1917 and housed in the Telang Hall of the Central Hindu College, Kamachha. It was nurtured in its infancy by the renowned historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar. With the University taking shape at its present premises, the library was also shifted in 1921 to the Central Hall of the Arts College(now Faculty of Arts) and then in 1941 to its present majestic building built with the munificent donation from Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda, on the pattern of the great library British Museum in London on the suggestion of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the founder of university, after his return from the Round Table Conference, London in 1931. Its majestic circular Central Hall has been furnished with elegant furniture's made of famous and rare variety of Burma Teak woods.

Beginning with a small but precious donated collection, its grew by leaps and bounds with magnificent donations of personal and family collections from many eminent personalities and families like Lala Sri Ram of Delhi, Jamnalal Bajaj of Wardha, Roormal Goenka, Batuk Nath Sharma, Tagore Family collection, Nehru Family collection, etc. amongst a score of others and purchase of books and journals out of the regular fund with the result that it has a collection of around 60,000 volumes in 1931 itself. The trend of donation of personal and family collection to the library continued as late as forties with the result that it has unique pieces of rarities of books and journals dating back to 18th century.

With this sound footings and background, the library took long strides during sixties and seventies in its development and metamorphosed in a system of libraries with the establishment of institute, faculty and departmental libraries during the period. Presently the Banaras Hindu University Library System consists of Central Library at apex and 3 Institute Libraries, 8 Faculty Libraries, 25 Departmental Libraries, with a total collection of over 13 lakh volumes to serve the students, faculty members, researchers, technical staff of fourteen faculties consisting of 126 subject departments of the university.

Alumni
The "National BHU Alumni Meet 2009" was held on January 29-30, 2009 on the campus of Banaras Hindu University in the same spirit of devotion to the ideals and vision of Mahamana which marked the 'International BHU Alumni Meet 2007', a Meet of our alumni from all over the world and the 'BHU Alumni Meet 2008', a regional Meet of our former students from Varanasi and surrounding areas.

The 'National BHU Alumni Meet 2009' was envisaged as our homage to the vision of an economically prosperous India, so close to the heart of Mahamana. Thus we felt it would be appropriate to organize a Seminar on the theme 'Mahamana's Vision for a Self Reliant India: Current Issues and Future Prospects' as a part of this Meet.

The response from our alumni was overwhelming and on January 29th it appeared as if all the paths in the University led to the Swatantrata Bhawan. The galaxy of participants and distinguished guests present on the occasion included a cross section of academics, administrators, technocrats, entrepreneurs, jurists and other professionals like Shri Giridhar Malaviya (Former Honble Justice, Allahabad High Court and the grandson of Mahamana), Shri S.K. Tiwari (Former Hon'ble Justice, Calcutta High Court), Professor R.B. Singh (Formerly Member, National Commission on Farmers), Dr. M.N. Singh (Former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai), Dr. R.L.S. Yadava (Former D.G.P., Chattisgarh), Shri S.N. Dhandharia (Former G.M., Coal India Ltd.), Shri P.R. Merh (Former Director, SAIL), Professor C.D. Singh (Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak), Maj. Gen. (Retd). S.N. Mukherjee (Vice-Chancellor, Laxmi Bai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior), Professor (Ms.) Kamal Singh (Vice-Chancellor, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amaravati), Professor (Mrs.) S. Chooramani Gopal (Vice-Chancellor, CSM Medical University, Lucknow), Professor L. Chaturvedi (Vice-Chancellor, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur), Professor S.K. Kak (Vice-Chancellor, CCS University, Meerut), Professor Nageswar Rao (Vice-Chancellor, UPRT Open University, Allahabad), Professor Awadh Ram (Vice-Chancellor, M.G. Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi), Dr. D.S. Rathore (Former Vice-Chancellor, H.P. Krishi Vishwavidyalaya), Professor S.B. Singh (Former Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer), Professor D.S. Chauhan (Vice-Chancellor, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun), Professor R.H. Singh (Former Vice-Chancellor, Rajasthan Ayurvedic University, Jodhpur) and Professor S.S. Kushwaha (Former Vice-Chancellor, M.G. Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi), to name a few. The Inaugural Session of the "National BHU Alumni Meet 2009" was held on January 29, 2009 in the Swatantrata Bhawan which was filled to its capacity. In keeping with our tradition, the Meet Commenced with Mangalacharan followed by the mellifluous rendition of the Kulgeet by the students of the Faculty of Performing Arts. The Meet was to be inaugurated by Smt. D Purandeswari, Hon�ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HE), who is herself an outstanding orator and an accomplished parliamentarian. Inclement weather unfortunately prevented her from being present amongst us in person. The Inaugural Address was read out in her absence by our Rector, Professor B.D. Singh. The delegates could thus benefit from her profound insights into the crucial role of education in safeguarding against the erosion of norms, ethics and values in public and professional life.

Professor D.P. Singh, Chairman, Alumni Cell formally welcomed all the eminent delegates and guests present in the audience. He outlined in brief the activities of the Alumni Cell. He expressed satisfaction that the three year cycle of Meets at the International, Regional and National Level could be organized successfully.

Justice Giridhar Malaviya while sharing reminiscences of Mahamana emphasized that Banaras Hindu University should reach the pinnacles of academic glory. The aim of education at this great institution is not merely to enable students to earn their livelihood but to prepare them to play a meaningful role in nation building. The next leadership in world education should be provided not by Oxford or Cambridge but by Banaras Hindu University.

Our Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh in the Presidential Remarks shared his vision for the future progress of BHU with our alumni. This included the establishment of an Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development and the efforts to establish a UNESCO chair on Peace Education. He said that the world is looking towards BHU in this challenging era of liberalization, privatization, globalization and knowledge driven economies to provide a new direction and interpretation of value based education.

Distinguished Alumnus Awards:
Our University is indeed proud of our alumni who have carried a part of Mahamana�s vision with them wherever they have journeyed in life. The University in recognition of their contribution in propogating the ideals of Mahamana had started the tradition of conferring the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" on some of them every year during the annual University level Meets. This year the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the "National BHU Alumni Meet 2009" was conferred on Professor R. Sambasiva Rao (Special Director General, DGHS, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), Dr. Hemlata Swarup (Former Vice-Chancellor, Kanpur University), Professor C. Jyotishi (Vice-Chancellor, Raja Man Singh Tomar Music and Arts University, Gwalior), Dr. S.K. Sharma (Advisor, Ayurveda, Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), Professor S. Lele (Former Rector, Banaras Hindu University), Professor Rewa Prasad Dwivedi (Professor Emeritus, Banaras Hindu University), Dr. S.K. Maini (Founder of Maini Group-Manufacturers of India�s first electric car, Reva) and Dr. C.K. Katiyar (Vice-President and Head, Ayurvedic Research, Dabur India Ltd.).

Release of Publications:
This momentous occasion was also marked by the release of the Souvenir of the "National BHU Alumni Meet 2009". An important initiative towards acquainting our present students with the remarkable personality of Mahamana was the republication of "egkeuk if.Mr enu eksgu ekyoh; dk thou pfjr" by Pt. Sitaram Chaturvedi which was first released in 1936. This magnum opus is in three parts of which this was the first one. It is hoped that the republication of the other two parts which are a compilation of his speeches and writings respectively will be taken up in the near future.
The Inaugural session drew to a close with the formal vote of Thanks proposed by Professor R.C. Yadava, Coordinator, Alumni Cell.

National Seminar:
The National Seminar consisted of Eight technical sessions covering a wide range of sub themes like Health Sciences and Mahamana's Vision; Relevance of Mahamana's Vision: Past, Present and Future; Society and National Security; Malaviya Ji�s Vision: Industry and Agriculture etc. The session on "Recent Initiatives of Banaras Hindu University" was keenly followed by our Alumni who have always taken a special interest in the progress of their Alma Mater. A documentary show on Mahamana's life which was screened by Mahamana Malaviya Mission touched the hearts of all those present.

The Invited Speakers included leading figures like Professor R.B. Singh (Formerly Member, National Commission on Farmers), Dr. M.N. Singh (Former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai), Dr. Ram Lal Singh Yadav (Former D.G. Police, Chattisgarh), Dr. C.K. Katiyar (Vice-President & Head, Ayurvedic Research Dabut India Ltd.), Dr. Surendra Kumar Sharma (Advisor, Govt. of India, Dept. of AYUSH), Professor Ram Harsh Singh (Professor Emeritus, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU), Shri P.L. Jaiswal (National Working President, Mahamana Malaviya Mission), Professor S.K. Kak (Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh University), Dr. S.K. Maini (Founder, Maini Group of Industries), Professor Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi (Professor Emeritus, Faculty of SVDV, BHU), Professor A.N. Tripathi (Formerly Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engg., IT, BHU), Professor A.S. Raghubanshi (Coordinator, Technical Cell, BHU), Professor K.P. Singh (Core Group Coordinator, RGSC, Barkaccha), Dr. Shridhar Dwivedi (Professor and Head, Dept. of Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi) and Professor Indu Mohan Gupta (Formerly Professor, IMS, BHU).

The last session of the National Seminar was an "Open House" which was envisaged as an Alumni-Alma Mater interface. Our alumni expressed the desire to interact more closely with the present generation of students. They also felt that the International Meet should always be held on the campus of Banaras Hindu University.

Faculty Exhibition:
The Annual Meets are an important medium of opening a window to the on going research and teaching activities of the University for our alumni. A Faculty Exhibition was organized during the two day Meet with this end in view. This provided the various Institute/Faculties and Affiliated Colleges an opportunity to showcase their achievements. This also set the ball rolling for a meaningful exchange of ideas between the alumni and faculty members.

Valedictory Session:
The two day "National BHU Alumni Meet 2009" concluded on January 30, 2009 with an emotional Valedictory Session. Professor D.P. Singh, Chairman, Alumni Cell in his remarks emphasized the importance of disseminating the vision of Mahamana for a wider audience. He shared the plans of Alumni Cell to compile and publish a series of works on and by Mahamana. Our Chief Guest was Shri S.K. Tiwari (Former Hon'ble Justice, Calcutta High Court). He gave words to many suggestions by our alumni for the academic progress of BHU, like the introduction of an integrated five year law course in the University. Our Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh emphasized that it is the sacred duty of each one of us to actually live the ideals of Mahamana. Everything which Mahamana stood for should become an inseparable part of our being.

The Formal Vote of Thanks was proposed by Professor R.C. Yadava, in which he expressed immense gratitude on behalf of the Alumni Cell for all the persons who have directly and indirectly been instrumental in making this Meet a success.
2009" drew to an end on the evening of January 30, 2009 with heartfelt promises to meet again and soon!!

Research
Centres & Labs / Computer Centre
The Computer Center provides quality service to the University community in computing facilities, E-Mail, etc. It helps researchers to get their research data analyzed, extends Internet facilities in the University, enables access to World Wide Web and provides laboratory facility to the students of science and technology.

University Science Instrumentation Centre(USIC)
The University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) Level-II as central facility of the Banaras Hindu University, established by UGC, New Delhi in 1980. USIC Level-II is a non-vocation academic department. University Grand Commission with the financial supports (non-recurring) of Rs.4.20 lac. USIC building was completed in 1982-83 and the recruitment of Technical staff was completed by end of 1985.

USIC Level-II has been actively providing services related to -

# repair and maintenance of electronics/ electrical/ mechanical/ Analytical/ instruments/ equipments.

# design/ fabrication of instruments/ equipment used in various Institutes/ Faculties/ Departments/ Units/ Research labs etc.

Besides completing a large number of Sophisticated and Costly Equipment and maintenance jobs the centre.

Central Facilities
Academic Staff College
The Academic Staff College was established at Banaras Hindu University in November, 1987. Now the college has been extended upto the end of XIth Five Year Plan (April 2007 to March 2012).
The function of the Academic Staff College is to plan, organise, implement, monitor and evaluate orientation courses for newly appointed teachers and administrative staff of colleges/universities. The ASC also organizes subject specific as well as multidisciplinary refresher courses for serving teachers, senior administrators, heads of department, principals, officers, etc. In addition to these several seminars, workshops, conferences and lectures series etc. are also organized at ASC, BHU.

As per recent guidelines of UGC, Orientation/Refresher Course should have IT based contents and about one week time should be devoted to IT based contents and its training. To achieve this objective, a most modern computer lab was established in Academic Staff College during the year 2005-06 and a few IT based courses were organized. There is also a ISRO-EDUSAT center established in 2005-06 which is functioning successfully at ASC, BHU.

Research Facilitites
Major research facilities
A. list of selected instruments/ facilities available for research and development is given below:
1. Atomic Force Microscope
2. Multiphoton Confocal Microscope as National Facility.
3. Hydrogen Energy Centre
4. Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopes
5.Rotating anode X-ray generator and diffractometer with cryogenic attachment
6.CAD-CAM Laboratory
7.Materials Testing Facilities (Mechanical Properties)
8. Chemical Analysis and Characterization Instruments (GCMS, FTIR, etc)
9. Animal Houses
10. Botanical Gardens
11. Ayurvedic Gardens
12. Agriculture Farm
13. Dairy and Dairying Farm
14. Horticulture Orchard

Educational Streams
The university provides quality education in the fields of Science, Social Science, Technology, Medicine and Agriculture etc. BHU has more than 2000 research scholars pursuing different academic programmes at Rajiv Gandhi South Campus. It has as array of foreign students from more than 30 countries across the world studying under the same roof. In 2004 BHU established the International Centre to incorporate collaboration with Foreign Universities / Institutions, Foreign scholars visiting India as Visiting Lecturer / Professor, Alumni Association of Foreign Students, Admission of Foreign Students etc.

Facilities
In order to accommodate a large number of outstation students, BHU has around 60 hostels and one fourth of them are built for facilitating the girl students. The University provides accommodation to its faculty as well as staff. Apart from hostels, the University has four guest houses and a transit house to provide accommodation to the guests. BHU has a Central Library, which is one of the largest libraries of the country. Canteen, Telegraph Office, Ayurvedic Garden, Ayurvedic Pharmacy and Hospital are other basic amenities provided by the University.

Faculties
* Faculty of Arts
* Faculty of Commerce
* Faculty of Education
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Management Studies
* Faculty of Performing Arts
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Social Sciences
* Faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan
* Faculty of Visual Arts

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BHU trauma centres slow progress casts doubt

VARANASI: Will the city witness the start of super specialty trauma centre of Banaras Hindu University this year? While the civil work around the construction site is looking to gain momentum in the coming days, the slow pace of development in other areas is casting doubt over the start of the much-awaited trauma centre.

The floating of tender and other modalities for the remaining civil work has been completed and University Works Department (UWD) is looking after the electrical and water supply work at the construction site. A major part of erection of building, supporting extensions and other related civil work has been completed and only some part of construction of modular OT, gas pipeline, kitchen and laundry is left to give finishing touch to the super specialty centre. It is one of the priority areas for Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), BHU along with bone marrow stem cell centre and hopefully most of the work of trauma centre would be completed by the end of this year, said Prof TM Mohapatra, director, IMS, BHU on Wednesday.

It may be mentioned here that the construction of the trauma centre of BHU started in 2009 and the ambitious project looked set to be completed in two years period. Last year (2011) witnessed intensified efforts for establishment of super specialty trauma centre in the university and a number of state-of-the-art equipments worth Rs 21 crores were procured.

A fund of Rs 47 crores were released that was set to be spent in three phases for construction of modular OT, kitchen and gas pipeline.

Interestingly, the lingering civil work has not only delayed the project but a complaint has also been lodged with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, attracting attention on the slow pace of development in the past one year.

Mere completion of the building and civil work in the structure do not promise its start, as a team of specialist doctors and additional manpower would be required to run the centre. We have already submitted the list of required manpower to run the centre under 12th five -year plan and it is under consideration at the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, said IMS, BHU director on the occasion.

It is also worth mentioning that 324-bed trauma centre of BHU promises to be one of the biggest in the country, even bigger than AIIMS, New Delhi that has 100-bed trauma centre. A number of specialised departments under the Faculty of Medicine including Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery and Cardio-Vascular surgery will also be part of the trauma centre. The centre has already been funded with Rs 100 crores from UGC and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi for the mega project.

Banaras Hindu University scientists find new eco-friendly clean fuel

VARANASI: In a path-breaking research that could pave the way to obtain eco-friendly clean fuel (coal) in the country, a team of BHU scientists have achieved success in obtaining clean fuel through clean coal technology. The team comprising of Prof MP Singh, department of Geology and scientist couple Dr PK Singh, associate professor, Geology and his wife Dr Asha Lata Singh, assistant professor, Environmental Science have successfully isolated bacteria from coal and have used its consortia to remove environmentally sensitive and toxic trace metals including Lead (Pb), Copper (Cu), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Nickel (Ni) and Zinc (Zn) present in the coal. The research paper based on this work has been also accepted for publication in world reputed Elsevier Journal Fuel this year.

It is probably the first of its kind research work with encouraging result in one of the least studied fields of clean coal technology through bacteria treatment. It took almost three years of rigorous work within limited resources and facilities in the laboratories, but the encouraging results have proved rewarding. The most interesting part of the research work is the fact that it is eco-friendly and cost-effective using bioremediation method to clean coal with the help of mixed bacterial consortia, said Dr PK Singh, an expert in coal petrology while talking on Sunday.

It may be mentioned here that India is bestowed with huge quantity of coal but majority of coal resource is of poor grade (inferior quality) owing to the elevated ash content (between 30 to 40 per cent), which contains variable quantity of environmentally sensitive major, minor and trace elements. Most of these toxic trace elements pose serious environmental problems when they are burnt for power generation.

A number of trace metals present in the coal are found to be toxic and hazardous to human health. These toxic metals are more concentrated in burnt coal (ash) and their long-term impact could be more detrimental to human health. Even the methods to dispose the burnt coal including mixing with cement, using them for road filling or mines filling materials or even brick formation could have disastrous environmental and health repercussion. The present work is a stepping stone in the direction to obtain clean coal using eco-friendly bioremediation method, added Dr Singh on the occasion.

Highlighting the process that led to detoxification of hazardous trace metals in coal, Dr Asha Lata Singh told that a special type of bacteria was grown and colonized in coalfields where carbon and naturally available nutrient were supplied to form mixed bacterial consortia. The process of picking (selecting) and isolating bacteria was done scientifically and mass cultivation was allowed. After increasing the resistance capacity (including the uptake capacity of toxic trace elements) of mixed bacterial consortia, coal was treated with mixed bacterial consortia. The experiment was conducted for six days and maximum (between 48 to 92 per cent) removal of toxic trace elements was achieved within three to four days with mixed bacterial consortia.It is also worth mentioning that the team is also working for desulphurization (removal of sulphur from tertiary coal) and demineralization of coal with bacteria.

Banaras Hindu University might collaborate with Saint Paul University, Canada

VARANASI: A delegation from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada called on the vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Lalji Singh on Friday to explore the possibility of collaboration with BHU particularly with Department of Philosophy.

According to BHU spokespersons, the delegation included Prof Richard Feist and Prof Rajesh C Shukla from Faculty of Philosophy Saint Paul University, Canada. They had also delivered talks at the department of Philosophy on the topic of religion and philosophy on Thursday.

Prof Richard Feist said that they were looking forward for mutual exchange programme with BHU, which would be rewarding for both. Canadian Universities particularly, Saint Paul University is proposing inter-disciplinary studies and interaction particularly involving religion and philosophy.

Lalji Singh said that the BHU was celebrating 150th birth anniversary of the founder Pt Madan Mohan Malaviyaji. During this period the university has planned many centres of interdisciplinary research particularly on philosophy of important person.

We will examine the proposal and look forward for long term agreement between two universities, said the V-C. Prof DM Tewari, head of Philosophy department pointed out that the department of Philosophy already had MoU with University of Gotheberg, Gothenburg, Sweden in the field of Philosophy and Religion.

Banaras Hindu University pre-medical test held peacefully

VARANASI: Over 20,000 medical aspirants battled the scorching heat to appear for the screening (preliminary) test of BHU-PMT that was held peacefully across 38 centres in the city on Wednesday. Scenes of traffic congestion at prominent crossings, especially in the south city area, however added to inconvenience.

As per reports of BHU-PMT Cell office, nearly five per cent of 21,060 candidates were absent from the examination. The examinations were also conducted peacefully across other centres including New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad, as a record 50, 436 candidates had applied for a total of 84 MBBS seats under the medical entrance test conducted by the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), BHU.

A long queue of candidates started to gather at the BHU main gate in the morning and traffic congestion was witnessed across the Lanka Crossing as the candidates rushed to the examination centres for appearing in the three-hour examination. The heavy rush of candidates also threw bus service to BHU campus out of gear as candidates had to walk to reach examination centre.

Similar scene was witnessed across other examination centres in the city. Stringent security arrangements were made at various centres as proctorial staffs and patrolling team visited the centres to ensure fair and peaceful examinations.

Meanwhile, the traffic congestion worsened after the examinations, as the prominent crossings including Lanka, Naria, Samneghat, Durgakund, Bhelupur and Kamachcha witnessed restricted vehicular movement. Traffic jams were also witnessed across Cantonment, Englishiyaline, Maidagin and other areas, as candidates moved out of the examination centres to catch auto-rickshaws and other available transportation.

The reports of BHU-PMT cell also indicated that New Delhi had the maximum number of applicants (21,909) while Kolkata (5,542) and Hyderabad (1915) were other centres for the examination. The main examination for BHU-PMT is scheduled in June.

Banaras Hindu University-PMT on May 16

VARANASI: The examination season of Banaras Hindu University is going to kickstart with preliminary (screening) test of BHU-PMT, which will be held across four cities in the country on May 16 this year. A record 50,534 medical aspirants are set to appear in the prestigious examination that will pave the way for main entrance test, scheduled to be held next month (June) this year.

As per reports of BHU-PMT Cell office, the screening test of BHU-PMT will be held across 38 centres in the city including 22 centres in the main campus of varsity. A total of 21,060 candidates are likely to appear in the test across the city that also includes 16 examination centres outside the campus of the varsity. New Delhi will witness the maximum number of medical aspirants with a total of 21,907 candidates appearing in the screening test. Kolkata and Hyderabad are other cities hosting the examination.

Meanwhile, the entrance examinations of other under graduate (UG) and post graduate (PG) courses are going to be held between May 18 to June 06 this year. The examinations will begin with B Ed entrance test on May 18 this year.

Research scholars stir puts Banaras Hindu University administration on toes

VARANASI: Over 30 hours sit-in by research scholars in front of vice-chancellors lodge put he Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration on toes on the last day of academic session on Wednesday.

The research scholars were protesting against the decision of the varsity administration to change their hostels (from Birla B to Birla C) during summer vacation (for a period of one-and-a-half month) along with dillydallying over the refunding of caution money of research scholars belonging to Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel hostel in the varsity.

BHU students on indefinite sit-in outside vice-chancellors residence

Lucknow: The students residing in two hostels of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have started an indefinite sit-in outside vice-chancellor Prof Lalji Singhs residence on Tuesday against the administrations decision to shift the occupants of two hostels to other hostels in summer.

Around 70 research students who reside in Birla hostel and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hostel started the sit-in. Prof Rajesh Singh, chairman of BHUs press cell, said that the university administration had asked the hostelers to shift into other hostels for summer because these hostels needed to be repaired. The protesters, however, said that the these hostels require no repairing. There are other hostels which need immediate repairing but the administration has turned them into summer hostels, they said.

The sit-in comes days after a violent protest by the Allahabad University hostelers, demanding that the hostel should not be closed for summer. The agitating students at Allahabad University had held the V-C hostage...

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BSc in nursing

Eligibility: The applicant should have completed Class 12 from a recognised board-university with science (physics, chemistry, biology) and English with at least
50% aggregate marks (PCBE) for general-OBC category and 40% for SC-ST category

How to apply: Visit www.imsbhu.nic.in

Last date to apply: March 28, 2012Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

BSc in nursing

Eligibility: The applicant should have completed Class 12 from a recognised board-university with science (physics, chemistry, biology) and English with at least
50% aggregate marks (PCBE) for general-OBC category and 40% for SC-ST category

How to apply: Visit www.imsbhu.nic.in

Last date to apply: March 28, 2012


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BSc nursing, BPharm (Ayurveda), MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BPharm

Eligibility: Intermediate 10+2 or equivalent from the recognised board-university. For course specific details visit the website.

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Last date to apply: BSc nursing and BPharm (Ayurveda) — March 22, 2012 (sale of forms); and other courses — February 27, 2012


BHU, 9 others get special UGC status

Banaras Hindu University and Osmania University, Hyderabad, are among the six universities that have been awarded the status of universities with potential for excellence by the University Grants Commission. According to sources, the number of universities being conferred the status will be increased to at least 10 in the 12th Plan period (2012-17). Other universities which have been granted the status include, Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, Mysore University, Rajasthan University in Jaipur, and Karnatak University in Dharwad.

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Bill Gates praises countrys polio drive
New Delhi, Jan. 10: Asking other countries to draw inspiration from India in their polio eradication drive, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the country not reporting a single polio case over the last year is a major milestone in the global health sector. In a statement issued on the official website of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he claimed of having come face to face with the polio menace during his visit to India around four years back. He further mentioned that in 2009 India had the maximum number of polio cases in the world. — PTI

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Jagan faces ire of Telangana supporters
Hyderabad, Jan. 10: Telangana supporters on Tuesday held protests against Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy while he was on his way to Armoor in Nizamabad district in the region to hold a fast over farmers issues.
They squatted on the roads, burnt objects like tyres, pelted stones on his convoy and voiced their protest in various other forms at several places. The protesters were removed by policemen.
The YSR Congress Party leader offered prayers at a famous British-era church at Medak while on his way to the hunger strike venue. Meanwhile, Jagans supporters welcomed him at some places during his journey to Armoor for the 48-hour fast. — PTI

Bhupen Hazarikas body reaches Assam

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 : Bhupen Hazarika amar raho and other slogans rent the air as thousands of fans broke down when the body of the music maestro arrived from Mumbai Monday at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Assams main city of Guwahati.

A sea of humanity waited patiently since early morning to have a last glimpse of the legend. The 85-year-old singer, composer, filmmaker and music director, passed away Saturday at a Mumbai hospital after prolonged illness.

People sobbed and cried inconsolably as the coffin was brought out of the aircraft before a ceremonial guard of honour was given with Governor J.B. Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paying floral tributes.

I am numbed and speechless, the chief minister told IANS in a choking voice even as tears welled up in his eyes.

The singers companion of more than four decades and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi and a few relatives and well wishers accompanied the coffin.

I have lost my father, mentor and husband. He may have died, but his spirit would remain forever, Lajmi said.

The hearse carrying the coffin, decorated with flowers, would stop at five specified locations before reaching his ancestral home at Nizarapara in Guwahati. The coffin would then be kept at the historic Judges Field, a public playground in the city, for fans to pay their last respects.

Thousands of people lined up the 26-km stretch from the airport to the city - some holding placards, photographs, wreaths and petals.

The man with the golden voice may have died, but his voice would ignite the passions of generations to come, said Samar Hazarika, the youngest of the nine siblings of the Dadasaheb Phalke award winner.

The last journey for the funeral takes place Tuesday with the rituals scheduled at 1 p.m.

Hazarika began singing when he was just 10-years-old and churned out hits after hits numbering more than 1,500 until his health failed about two years ago. At 13, he sang about building a new Assam and a new India - the lyrics were his own, very powerful and contemporary.

A singer, lyricist, actor and filmmaker, Hazarika was born in 1926 in one of Assams remotest corners - Sadiya in the eastern district of Tinsukia. He grew up in the northern town of Tezpur and later went to Banaras Hindu University and completed his graduation and post-graduation in political science.

He studied with an aim to pursue a career as a lawyer in Assam, but destiny made him a singer.

In 1948, Hazarika went to the US on a scholarship to study mass communication at Columbia University, New York.

It was there that he got soaked in American folk music and later on that influenced him to bring in the folk elements in his songs - although he mostly sang the folk tunes of Assam.

Always sporting the trademark Nepali cap, the maestros passion for music was unrelenting.

Indian scientists decode Arhar genome

In an entirely indigenous effort, farm scientists have for the first time decoded genome of arhar dal, a breakthrough which would help in developing new varieties and enhancing productivity of the pulse crop.

A group of 31 scientists from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, state agricultural universities and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), led by Nagendra Kumar Singh from ICARs National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology at New Delhi, decoded the genome of pigeon pea (arhar).

This is the first plant genome sequenced entirely through a network of Indian institutions and it will provide highly valuable resource for variety improvement of pigeonpea, an ICAR statement said.

Availability of the Arhar genome sequence would accelerate development of new varieties and hybrids with enhanced productivity by making use of germplasm resources.

Average pulse crop productivity in India has remained low at about 650 kg per hectare for the last six decades leading to soaring Dal prices with increasing demands.

Lack of high yielding, disease and pest resistant varieties is a major factor for the stagnant pulse productivity.

A heady dilemma?!

In the ancient city of Benaras, consumption of the Cannabis concoction (Bhaang Thandai) has been a practice akin to drinking tea anywhere else. While the conventionalists dismiss it as just another hard drug, Prof Gaya Singh, eminent scholar at B.H.U (Benaras Hindu University), explains thandais salubrious significance
AMARPAL MALHI PHOTO BY PRAMOD PUSHKARNA | Issue Dated: October 7, 2007

A heady dilemma?! Benaras is the city of Lord Shiva; this city has been one of the founts of Hindu consciousness for over many millennia. The faithful and the scholarly, all converge on this holy city seeking nirvana. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the oldest in the country, is dedicated to a form of Lord Shiva, who we all know as the bohemian and free-spirited God. The residents of Benaras, His descendents, are the proud bearers of the same legacy. People of Kashi (Benaras) believe in having fun, and Im only talking of good-natured, harmless fun. Thandai is part of that. We believe it to be Lord Shivas prasad; the Lord Himself was supposed to be very fond of this drink, and consuming it is a way of expressing faith.

See, it is not to be an excuse to induce an intoxicating high; we all know the side effects of this drink. The watchword here is moderation. After all, anything in excess obviously has unwanted effects, dont we all know that? People here believe in experiencing life to the hilt and not straitjacketing themselves with inflexible thought. Ask anyone who has consumed cannabis if the experience hasnt added to his overall consciousness.

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thandai (or cannabis) drink is freely available all over benaras in shops and roadside stalls. popular with the locals and visitors alike, this drink is a particular favourite during the festival of holi

Visitors in Benaras are often amazed at the level and nature of original thought that transpires. You will find lively and informed discussions pertaining to world politics, economics, society and what-not in even the most obscure of tea shops. These stalls do serve cannabis too, but thats not to be considered the real reason for such flow of ingenious thought. The real reason is the attitude of the city open, warm and accepting. And it is this attitude that has contributed to removing any hang-ups about cannabis.

Thandai also brings the community together. Its preparation is almost like a social event, where people from diverse backgrounds come together and discover common ground while involved in the making of this heady concoction. However, the young generation has not taken to such liberties very well, and most have moved on to unsuitable hardcore drug use. As a result, even crime rates are increasing. Blind emulation of the west is also to blame for these changing moral values. I fervently hope that our unique culture doesnt get irrevocably damaged because of pseudo - westernisation.

UP govt orders probe into Amarmanis absence from jail

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe into the reports that former state minister Amarmani Tripathi, the main convict in the Madhumita Shukla murder case, had been missing from Varanasi jail since the past one-and-a-half month.Special DG, Brij Lal said that Tripathi has been missing from the jail since July 13 after he had been allowed by the court to attend his mothers cremation in Gorakhpur.A strong view has been taken on Tripathi getting himself admitted to hospital without any information and all those found responsible for it would be punished after the inquiry, Lal said.

According to officials, two days after he was allowed to go to Gorakhpur, Tripathi had got himself admitted to Gorakhpur Medical College hospital without informing the jail administration.Later on September 3, he got himself admitted to the general ward of the neurology department of the Kashi Hindu University hospital, they said.However, Senior Superintendent of Central Jail Varanasi, Capt S K Pandey said Tripathi has been discharged from the hospital and he was being brought back to jail.Tripathi, his wife Madhumani and two others were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Dehradun court in the murder case of poetess Madhumita Shukla in Lucknow in May 2003.

BHU management student drowns in waterfall

Varanasi: A first-year management student of the Banaras Hindu University drowned in Windham waterfall in Mirjapur district where he had gone for a picnic along with his friends.According to BHU chief proctor Prof H S C Rathore, a group of about 20 students had on Sunday gone to Windham waterfall without taking permission from university authorities where Priyank Bhargav (21) drowned while taking bath.Bhargav slipped into the waterfall as the flow of water was very high there, Rathore said, adding that the police fished out his body with the help of divers late evening.On the request of the victims father, the body was handed over to him without conducting the post mortem.Rathore said the university would take action against the students who had gone out without permission.


Support for Anna swells in state ahead of August 16 fast

Lucknow: People in various cities of Uttar Pradesh have begun rallying round social activist Anna Hazare, who begins an indefinite hunger strike in Delhi on Tuesday to press for a strong and more inclusive Lokpal bill, which seeks to maintain a strict vigil on corruption.

Holding the tri-colour aloft, people from various walks of life marched in processions Monday and formed human chains in many cities, including Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Lucknow.Anna Hazare has been fighting for us, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student Anil Kumar told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from Lucknow.Now, its our turn to support him so that our country gets a potent tool to contain corruption, he added.Shailesh Asthana, a banker who was part of a human chain in Ghazipur, said: If an aged person like Anna can fight for saving the nation, youngsters definitely need to support him in his noble mission. I think most of the citizens in the country support Anna.In Lucknow, India Against Corruption (IAC) urged peaceful demonstrations on Tuesday at the Jhulelal Park.Students, teachers, doctors and people from all walks of life will be joining us in our sit-in to support the crusade, local IAC co-ordinator RK Agarwal told reporters in Lucknow.According to IAC, some of its members in Lucknow may also observe an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh hospital offers free CT scans on Independence Day

Lucknow: A state-of-the-art CT scan centre at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh will offer free services to all patients on the eve of Independence Day on Monday, an official said on Sunday.The centre is of the Sir Sunderlal Hospital which functions under the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

The initiative is primarily aimed to help and serve poor and needy patients, who visit the centre not only from various parts of Uttar Pradesh but also from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, K.K. Singh, director of the centre, told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from the city.Anyone who comes at the centre for a CT scan will be asked only for the doctors prescription, following which the scan would be conducted free of cost. The free service would remain available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., he added.The centre houses the latest and the most advanced scanner - 64 Slice CT.According to officials, this scanner performs rapid and high resolution imaging of the entire body within a few seconds, which is a boon especially for acutely ill patients.

The major advantage of the 64 Slice CT is the non-invasive image of blood vessels of the heart which enables speedy diagnosis of heart diseases.

BHU professor found dead in campus home

Varanasi: A professor of the prominent Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was found dead in his official residence on the campus on Tuesday, police said.N. Prasad was associated with the department of metallurgical engineering of the BHUs Institute of Technology.As of now, nothing can be said about the reason behind the death. The body has been sent for post-mortem that would reveal the exact cause of the death, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vishal Pandey told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from Lucknow.According to police, Prasad used to live alone at his residence. His family is in Mumbai.BHU authorities on Tuesday contacted the police after Prasad did not respond to phone calls or the door bell.

Toll for the great

Jagjivan Ram was a great leader and administrator. It is a great resilience and spirit that enabled him to overcome bias and rise to the levels he did.

I had the privilege of interacting with him since my childhood. There were early signs of the grit that would make him a household name in India. A relative of mine, G.S. Prasad, and Jagjivan Ram had studied in the same class at a school in Arrah. Jagjivan Ram was the only Scheduled Caste student in the school and faced much prejudice. No one was willing to share a desk with him. Prasad volunteered and they became good friends. Similarly, the school had two drinking water pitchers, one for Hindus, the other for Muslims. Both groups of students objected to him drinking from their pitcher. The headmaster had a third pitcher brought but he broke that pitcher and insisted on drinking from the pitcher for Hindus. Prasad supported him and they got their way. Both did well at school and passed the matriculation examination in first division. Jagjivan Ram got a scholarship and joined Benares Hindu University. Later, he took to politics and joined the freedom movement while his school friend ended up as chief engineer of Bihar.

After provincial autonomy was introduced in the late Thirties, the Congress came to power in Bihar. Jagjivan Ram was appointed parliamentary secretary, equivalent to a deputy minister. He earned a good reputation among senior officials, mostly British, for his notings on files. My grandfather, who was chief of police of Bihar, the only Indian in the country to hold that appointment before 1947, spoke highly of him. One day Jagjivan Ram came to our house with rasgullas. I do not remember what the occasion was. He distributed them to everyone — most took the rasgullas in their handkerchiefs and put them in their pockets. I readily took one, ate it and asked for another. When my grandmother heard of this, she scolded me. I am not sure whether it was for eating the rasgulla or for demanding another.

In 1946, the Interim Government came to power in Delhi and Jagjivan Ram became labour minister. I was then at Army headquarters in Delhi. We heard that Jagjivan Ram s plane had to make a forced landing in the desert near Cairo. My father later took me with him to his house to congratulate him on his lucky escape where he also told him that I had returned from war in Burma. He enquired if I was the same boy who had taken two rasgullas from him. I was amazed at his memory.

Many years later my brother-in-law K.N. Sahaya was visiting me in Delhi and took me to Jagjivan Ram s house for a Holi Milan. There was a large gathering that included many officials. Jagjivan Ram was very hospitable. What struck me most was that several upper caste people were touching his feet. India had changed a lot from the late Thirties when I saw people hesitating to eat the rasgullas he had offered them. It was rumoured that after the Allahabad high court judgment it was suggested that Indira Gandhi step down and let Jagjivan Ram become Prime Minister. She appealed against the judgment and sought re-election to Parliament. Had she done so, her image, and that of Indian democracy, would have shot up. She chose instead to recommend imposition of Emergency without informing the Council of Ministers. Jagjivan Ram continued as defence minister during the Emergency. On the eve of elections in 1977, he resigned from the Cabinet and left the Congress to join Jayaprakash Narayan s movement. This had tremendous impact. Indira Gandhi was routed at the hustings. Jagjivan Ram returned as defence minister in the Janata government.

Jagjivan Ram s abilities were apparent in the fact that he took pains to study a file and would often write long notes in his own hand instead of the common practice of ministers signing typed notes prepared for them. These notes showed his clarity of thought and breadth of vision. No wonder he was a success in every ministry he headed — labour, food, railways and defence. I remember one instance, when the British military attaché came to me and said Lord Mountbatten was very upset because Jagjivan Ram had not replied to his letter for three months. Mountbatten had been planning his own funeral and had written to enquire whether the Indian defence forces would be represented. Normally, such a letter should have come to me as adjutant-general of the Army. I did not remember having seen it. We searched for the letter, even got the defence minister s secretariat to look for it, and finally I asked Jagjivan Ram about it. He told me he had seen the letter. When the letter was ultimately found it turned out that his private secretary had misplaced it. He then wrote to Mountbatten that he had not had the heart to pen a reply — discussing the funeral of a living person is considered a bad omen in India. However, since he wanted an answer, he assured Mountbatten that the Indian armed forces would participate in the most appropriate manner for their supreme commander in war and their most popular viceroy.

Jagjivan Ram also stood by those who had served under him. When I was surprisingly passed over for appointment as Army Chief, he was not in government. But he raised the issue strongly in Parliament along with a few former ministers.

Jagjivan Ram missed being Prime Minister twice. The first was when Indira Gandhi did not adopt the appropriate course after the Allahabad high court verdict. The second was when Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan, for political reasons, decided to make Morarji Desai Prime Minister. This was something like Mahatma Gandhi not making Sardar Patel Prime Minister. India would have had a Dalit Prime Minister long before the US had a black President. Given his political acumen, the Punjab tragedy in the wake of the Bhindranwale episode would not have taken place, there would have been no Mandalisation of politics in India and the security forces may have been better prepared to meet the challenges we face today. However, destiny follows its chosen course, whether in the history of a nation or in the lives of individuals.

* The author, a retired lieutenant-general, was Vice-Chief of Army Staff and has served as governor of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir

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Dalit girl assaulted; one arrested

Varanasi: A dalit girl was teased and beaten in Banaras Hindu University leading to protests near here following which one of the accused was arrested.Agitated over the incident, students gheroed the residence of the University Vice Chancellor.VC Prof D P Singh has assured the students that strict action will be taken against the culprits.The victim -- Sonia was coming out of BHU health centre with her friend Santosh Chandravesh this afternoon when Shailendra Shekhar, a former student of the university and Gulab Singh abused her and later even physically assaulted her, officials said.Sonia and Santosh received head injuries, they said.

Gulab Singh has been arrested while Shailendra is absconding, they said.

Rajesh Talwars attacker receives family support

Ghaziabad: Stressing that their son has a serious mental disorder, the Varanasi-based parents of Utsav Sharma, who attacked murdered teenager Aarushis father Rajesh Talwar outside a court here earlier this week, are here to help mount a defence for their son.
When asked about her sons act, Utsavs mother Indira Sharma told, It is all due to the current state of the system in the society. My son has been mentally ill and undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

Lawyer S.P. Chaudhary, who was Thursday hired to defend Utsav, said: Utsav is a serious mental patient. He is suffering from bipolar disorder in which a persons thoughts and actions are uncontrolled.The history of his actions show that somewhere in his mind he feels that injustice is being done by the system, he added.Utsavs father, Professor Sushil Sharma, teaches mechanical engineering at IT-Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and his mother Indira Sharma is a psychiatrist and a professor at the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU.The former student of Ahmedabads National Institute of Design (NID) Tuesday attacked Rajesh Talwar with a cleaver outside a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in this Uttar Pradesh town as hundreds of people watched stunned.Utsav had been booked for attempt to murder and under the National Security Act as the crime had occurred in the courthouse. He is currently in jail.

He had attacked tainted former Haryana top cop S.P.S. Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, outside a Chandigarh court last year.

Students turn violent on Rahuls visit

Lucknow: Terming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhis visit to the state as political, the BHU students on Monday turned violent. They shouted slogans, pelted stones and burnt Gandhis effigy to protest his visit.

The BHU students alleged that Gandhis visit to the colleges in name of NSUI is actually politically motivated.Gandhi was scheduled to visit colleges in Uttar Pradesh on Monday and Tuesday in a bid to attract new members to the National Students Union of India (NSUI).Gandhi had to interact with college students in Jhansi, Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow and Agra to spread awareness about the NSUI membership drive, NSUI Uttar Pradesh President Rahul Rai had said.He was also scheduled to coordinate the January 11 programme in Jhansi and had to visit the Banaras Hindu University on Monday and Ravindralaya in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Rahul Gandhi to tour Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit colleges in Uttar Pradesh on Monday and Tuesday in a bid to attract new members to the National Students Union of India (NSUI).Gandhi will interact with college students in Jhansi, Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow and Agra to spread awareness about the NSUI membership drive, NSUI Uttar Pradesh President Rahul Rai said.Rai told reporters in Jhansi, some 300 km from here, that he would coordinate the January 11 programme in Jhansi.

According to party sources, Gandhi will also visit the Banaras Hindu University on Monday and Ravindralaya in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Small towns, big markets

Rajesh Singh had a tough time adjusting in Benaras when he returned from Delhi five years ago. Singh works as the APRO of the Banaras Hindu University. Benaras, as things stood then, had no shopping malls or Pizza Hut outlets. It appeared that away from all the hullabaloo of the metros, this spiritual city lived in its own past. Materialism was yet to outdo spiritualism here. But things are changing now... and changing at a nerve-wrecking speed. Singh insists that for the first time in these five agonising years, he is not missing Delhi. Benaras today boasts of as many as five glittering malls, with an equal number of them in the pipeline. We dont have to travel all the way to Delhi or Mumbai now to buy things of our desire. Be it the latest gizmos or a newly launched car, a Benarasi can get it right here in his town. You name a brand, and it is here, quips Rajesh.

The glitter of metro has arrived in the Mofussil too. The powerful market has covered the distance between Delhi and Benaras in a single stride. The brands have arrived with all their charm in these cities. Big Bazaar, Vishal Mega Mart, Pantaloon and Reliance Fresh have spread their wings so wide that not even a bumpkin from UP hinterlands cares to give a second look – let alone a curious one – when he sees the colourful neon signs. The latest offerings from nearly all the reputed brands are simultaneously launched in big and small cities these days. Gone are the days when Maruti-800s and Ambassadors used to rule the streets of small town India. The Pajeroes and Vernas of the world are threatening to push them towards oblivion.

Through Soya Chaupal and Hariyali, the consumer goods have managed to penetrate deep into the countryside. It has become a one-stop destination for the farmers where they sell their agricultural products and take back the objects of their desire.

The most visible manifestation of consumerism are shopping malls. And they are coming up fast even in C-segment cities too. For youngsters, malls are the place to hang out at with friends, even if they are not out to buy something. But it does add to the footfall in the malls and shopkeepers here want just that.

The gap between the aspirations of the youth in metros and those in small towns is reducing fast. Thanks to the television, they have started thinking alike. Their tastes in dressing and eating are getting almost similar. In other words, the small town youngsters are becoming equally brand conscious. Liberalisation has ensured they get enough money to fulfil their desires. People are copying the lifestyle of the metros. Advertisements have created awareness among the masses and they are hinging on the branded products to limit their inferiority complex. The trend has entered villages too, says Prof Gautam Gyanendra, a social scientist with Bhopals Barkatullah University.

The segments that have benefited are Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Consumer Durables. Things once considered as luxury are now being counted as basic necessities of life in smaller towns. While the youth in small town India was busy buying costly mobile sets and flashy watches, the food giants of the worlds decided to give their taste buds some tinkling. Bang came McDonalds!

Pizzas, burgers and other fast foods have taken the battle right into the hearts of traditional cuisines and are winning hands down. By tweaking their product to suit the local taste, the fast food makers have managed to level the turf in the battle for hegemony with the traditional food items. My children are a physical manifestation of this change. I use a mobile set that costs about Rs 2,000 but my daughter does not even give a second look at anything that costs less than Rs 10,000. Colas and burgers have long kicked out jalebi and litti from my household. The market has entered my house and it did not even ask for my permission, says Singh. Singh is a part of the phenomenon that is replicating itself across India.

The same goes true for Madhya Pradesh. The desire for the quintessential status symbol has allowed the market to run the show. The MNCs have arrived in the smallest of towns. So much so that even in the poverty-stricken Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand regions, there is a desire to purchase branded products. You might not have exclusive showrooms of big brands in these nondescript towns, but you can still get several branded products here. The never-ending mirage of class maintainability has tipped the scale in favour of the market, says Fazal Ali, a social worker with NGO Sathiya.

But what fuels this consumerism? Money, obviously. This is most prominent in the South Indian state of Kerala where the petrodollar from the Gulf has fuelled consumerism big-time. Figures say that FMCG sector is growing at 30 per cent per annum. Similarly, Consumer Durables demand has increased by 1000 times in the last 13 years. It is not for nothing that Lulu Shopping Mall, the biggest of its kind in India, is coming up right here in Kochi. R Suryamurthy, a well-known academician in his well researched book Consumption to Consumerism in the Context of Kerala has written that in the context of multiplying needs and products, Keralas consumerism will thrive perhaps to the detriment of real growth. He goes on to write: Keralites opted consumption either to enhance or retain social prestige.

But what is for the MNCs here? Well, a major reason is the saturation of market in metropolises. The way forward was B and C segment cities. Post liberalisation, money has come into small town India too. Industrialisation, coupled with expansion of service sector and improvement in banking system, has made these cities cash flushed. For the first time in decades they are not only aspiring for things but have the wherewithal to have them too. Says Gopal from Sikandrabad, Andhra Pradesh, I am a cashier in a private bank. My village is nearby. I also do a bit of farming so that I dont have to buy groceries and other provisions. I can spend the savings on buying other things.

The industries, which used to be in the vicinity of metros, are now moving towards the smaller cities. From Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Sri Perambadur in Tamil Nadu, cheap land and labour has only fuelled this trend. The rebates by the state governments are an additional attraction. When the Kolhapur Chamber of Commerce placed an order for 250 Mercedes cars for its members, the news made headlines across the Atlantic too.

Alok Puranik, economist, says, Decentralisation of jobs and growing opportunities in smaller towns have led to an increase in the income of people. Since the average purchasing power has improved, the demand for luxury has increased too. It has affected the social fabric. Dalit thinker Chandrabhan Prashad opines that mate-rial marker has replaced the social marker as the scale and hence consumerism can be seen amongst Dalits and backward castes too. But its just the start. As the Internet grows, so will the market.

Stripped BHU student to get justice

A physically challenged student who was assaulted, stripped and then filmed naked can now expect justice from Benaras Hindu University. The university authorities had earlier told the student, Rohit Upadhyaya (name changed), that no action could be taken against the offenders because the incident took place long ago, in October last year.

The investigation was speeded up only after Vice-Chancellor D.P. Singh intervened on Wednesday by asking officials, particularly the head and dean of the faculty of commerce, B. Jha, to take action. However, some university functionaries claimed on Thursday that the matter had been amicably settled.

The culprits were Upadhyayas batchmates and seniors. The incident took place on October 13, 2009, in Varanasi.
The 45-minute video clip was circulated among students of the university on the mobile phone, forcing B.Com second-year student Upadhyaya to flee to his native place in Buxar district, Bihar.

Upadhyaya, who had lost an academic year for not attending classes (due to his absence from the university), reported the episode to Jha in March this year. Jha told him that nothing could be done because the matter was old, and that he should prepare to repeat a year.

Upon resuming classes, Upadhyaya alleged that two of his batchmates, Mohit Shukla and Grijesh Tiwari, began ill-treating him again.He complained to Jha again, sending copies of the letter to the chief procter and the chairman of the BHU anti-ragging squad. It is after this that the BHU authorities got into action.

T BHU is now an IIT

The Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT BHU) will soon add the missing I to its name. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has taken a decision to convert IT BHU into an IIT. Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari conveyed this decision to the Lok Sabha on Monday. She was replying to a question on whether the government had taken any decision to develop technology institutions across the country on the lines of the IITs.
IT BHU has long been considered a front-runner to been upgraded into an IIT. It already admits students through the IIT Joint Entrance Examination.

The IIT status will go a long way in improving both infrastructure and academics at IT BHU. We will get better students and will be able to attract bright faculty, said SN Upadhyaya, Director, IT BHU.
He added that with more academic freedom, the institute would look at starting inter-disciplinary courses.
Today, we are limited by the rules and regulations of the university. We have to go through numerous councils to get a new academic programme passed. But with IIT status, these limitations will go, said Upadhyaya.
Appointment of faculty will also become easier, he added.

Apart from IT BHU, an expert panel has identified seven other institutions that have potential for upgradation to IIT-level. These include Bengal Engineering College, Howrah, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Engineering and Technology Department of Jadavpur University, and Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University.

Gyatri Sarma

GUWAHATI, July 8 – Gyatri Sarma (Reena) passed away after a brief illness. She was the wife of RN Sarma, IAS, and a Dy Analyst in the Assam State Pollution Control Board. She was 58 and is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter and a host of relatives and friends. She had taken ill about two months back and after initial treatment in Down Town Hospital was shifted to Delhi for further treatment, where she breathed her last on July 5.

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GUWAHATI, July 8 – Nalini Kanta Baruah, retired general manager, ASTC, died on July 7 at his Krishnanagar, Chandmari residence. He was 78. Late Baruah who had a brilliant academic career passed Engineering degree from Benaras Hindu University. He was also in-charge of the Agricultural Department, Kaki. He was closely associated with Krishnanagar Bikash Kendra, Chandmari, Guwahati. He leaves behind his wife, Sushila Baruah, a social worker, four sons,daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a host of relatives. His death was widely mourned.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika: tathapito howa nai klanta

In the days of our youth, the major topic of our conversations was the songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. In our leisure moments when the numerous perplexities of our mind made us restless, his powerful songs were enough to give us pleasure, and we started singing Sagar Sangamat Katanu Saturiloo Tathapito Howa Nai klanta, a song of astonishing power, yet surpassingly beautiful. It brought everything close, the presence of the deep blue sea, the storms and the clouds, and the restless waves of the endless sea. We regarded Dr Hazarika as our friend, philosopher and guide. Even the blessing of the saint-singer, we felt, would prevent us from disaster of any kind. It was very uplifting to hear his name among our friends in those days of our youth. His sweet songs gave us boundless pleasure and led us towards the fountain of happiness.

I cannot remember what my age was when I first saw him at Tezpur town. I felt that there must be something good and great in the act of the musician, who had immense capacity to rouse and inspire the wretched people to overcome their pains and passions. Bhupenda gave vent to our feelings of joy and sorrow and his greatness lay there.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika sings for all, the great and small, the poor and rich. He knows the secret of music and song and as such he could make others know about it too. Bhupen Hazarika was born in 1926 at Sadiya. His father Nilakanth Hazarika was a government servant, serving as a political officer. Once he was transferred from Sadiya to Tezpur and there in that town his son Bhupen Hazarika began his school life. At that time Tezpur was the centre of culture withthe presence of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the eminent cultural icons of Assam. There in that town, theatrical performances were organised regularly in the famous hall known as Ban Stage - Bhupendas father was interested in performing dramas and hence he played in some roles.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika was fortunate to meet these two sons of Assam, who brought a great change in the field of lyrical songs and music. Works of modernisation had been done without affecting the basic truth and culture of the state, which have been respected by the people from time immemorial. Under the care of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the thirteen year-old boy Bhupen Hazarika took position in a stage to sing once in Guwahati. His brave song surprised all as his lyrics promised change in society : Agni Yugar Firingathi Moi. (l am a spark of the fire age and I shall build a new state in our country). It seemed that gradually he lost himself in deep pennants of art and culture, and in his creativity, Dr Hazarika made himself act in Jyotiprasads picture Indramalati, at the age of ten. He had to playback female voices in some pictures and dramas at his early age.

Man is the architect of his own fortune. Hazarika proved this in his life. When Hazarika was in Bharalumukh at Guwahati he got a chance to sing a song on the birth anniversary of Sri Sankardev. Here he appeared for the first time before the mass people as singer. He offered to sing a Borgeet in a national dress of dhoti and punjabi as was the custom of the Assamese people.

Dr Bhupen Hazarikas song have a universal appeal as his expression touches the painful heart. So the people of many countries like his songs. We have acquired our freedom in 1947, but our minds are still in chains. Freedom means a free atmosphere where we can maintain ourcultural traditions and enhance our natural resources and cultural wealth. India is known for her rich culture and tradition, but Indians today are enraptured by western culture. Ignoring our tradition and culture we are blindly following the western world. In this juncture, artistes like Bhupen Hazarika saved us from the pitfalls and reminded us that the food and water of this sacred land is so pure and holy that one who has fed on it can not easily go astray. It has brought us the capacity to realise our rich origin and strive to maintain our art and traditions.

The people of Assam have got a new cultural idea to try to bring about national unity and integrity. Hazarikas glorious voice and his glorious music will provide us with a glorious future. It is delightful to remember some of his compositions and performances done for the people of all sections. Dr Hazarika expresses his views on the occasion of his seventy fifth birth anniversary at Guwahati towards the young generation of Assam to build our country. Our young men should be industrious, farsighted, to shoulder the responsibility with strong determination and diligence. He said, we must take part in the progressive affairs of India. We must learn to keep abreast of the present affairs of the present electronic world.

His lyrics encompass Bengali, Assamese and Hindi. The audience roars, the applause rising to a deafening pitch. Dr Bhupen Hazarika Dill Hoom Hoom Kare they demand from one end of the auditorium Dola-Dala from another. And Dr Hazarika, obliges his fans with his soul-stirring brand of folk music. Besides he is lovingly called by his admirers, has also been felicitated as India as acultural ambassador who placed the music of eastern India on the map of world folk music.

Dr Bhupen Hazarikas Assamese identity has never clashed with his Indian persona. His roots might cling firmly to Assam, but he learnt to identify with the rest of India. Being an Assamese, Dr Hazarika likes to project himself as a citizen of the world. This feeling has been clearly reflected in some ofhis songs, as for example, Mai Ati Jajabar. Dr Hazarika has succeeded in glorifying Assam with his songs and other cultural activities. He has projected the Assamese folk culture not only in India but throughout the World also.

Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the multifaceted genius has been hailed as the cultural ambassador of Assam to the rest of the world. He is one of the stalwarts of Indian music today. There are many facets to Bhupen Hazarikas personality- singer, lyricist,musician, writer, film maker and social crusader through his songs . Bhupen Hazarika – the name itself is musical for the people of eastern India, whose Dil Hum Hum Kare won the heart of millions of people of India.

After his schooling in Tezpur and Collegiate Education in Guwahati he took MA Degree from Benaras Hindu University. He received a special word of praise when Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan handed him his certificate.

Then he left for the Columbia University, New York where he received his Doctorate in Mass Communication. He also received the Lisle Fellowship from the Chicago University It was during this period that he was awarded a Gold Medallion in New York as the best Interpreter of Indias folk songs by Eleanor Roosevelt.

He met Paul Robson, the legendry black singer in the USA and was greatly influenced by his idea that Music is an instrument of social change. On his return to his homeland, he joined the GauhatiUniversity as a lecturer and went abroad in a cultural exchange programme where he overstayed by few days. The bold Bhupen tendered his resignation when some disciplinary action was initiated against him. He decided to take music as a livelihood and thereafter never looked back.

He made his first film Era Bator Sur in 1956 featuring Balraj Sahani and Bhupen himself. For three consecutive years he won the National Award for his films Sakuntala, Pratidhwani and Latighoti. In 1976, he won the Best Music Composer Award for Assamese film Chameli Memsab. His film Siraj, released in 1988 was based on story of Hindu-Muslim unity. He has also scores of music in Bengali and Hindi films.

He has been awarded the Padmashree (1977), Padmabhushan (2001), and Dadasaheb Phalke Award the highest honour for cinematic achievement, for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema in 1993.

Assamese society acknowledged his contribution in literature by making him the President of Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the State. Heavily decorated with prestigious honours as he is, Hazarika was appointed the Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. During his years as the Akademi Chairperson, the Satriya dance of Assam was recognised as one of the major dance forms of India.

NARENDER GUPTA Versus BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY AND ORS CWP 6103 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision: 28.4.2007

Narender Gupta Petitioner
versus
Banars Hindu University, Varanasi and others Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE JASBIR SINGH
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:
Shri Sudeep Mahajan, Advocate for the petitioner

Jasbir Singh, J. (Oral)
By filing this writ petition, the petitioner has prayed that
directions be issued to the respondents, to amend the conditions/ qualifications, to get admission in M.D.(AY)/ M.S.(AY) course 2007.

It is coming out from the information leaflet, issued by
respondent No.1, to get admission in above-said course, candidates holding BAMS or equivalent degree and also candidates holding MBBS degrees are eligible and two separate tests are being conducted for above-said two
categories. It is contention of counsel for the petitioner, that the procedure adopted, is discriminatory. On the basis of two separate merit lists, it is not desirable, to give admission to the one course. The petitioner further states that so far as MD(AY) and MS(AY) course is concerned, degree of MBBS has no relevancy whatsoever and decision of the respondents, to declare
candidates with MBBS qualifications, as eligible, is liable to the set right.

After hearing counsel for the petitioner, we are not inclined to interfere at the instance of the petitioner. It is not in dispute that headquarter of respondent No.1 is situated in Varanasi. Leaflet Annexure P/1 was also issued from that place. Besides that in the leaflet itself, under which, the petitioner has applied to get admission in the course, in dispute, it is mentioned that in case of any dispute, Varanasi shall be the jurisdiction of High Court of Allahabad. The petitioner has failed to satisfy us as to how this Court has the jurisdiction. No case is made out for interference.

Dismissed.

However, liberty is granted to the petitioner, to agitate his
rights before the competent forum/ Court.

( Jasbir Singh )
Judge

(Rajesh Bindal)
Judge

Kalam confers degrees on 29

PRESIDENT OF India and Visitor to Banaras Hindu University Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam conferred degrees on 29 scholars, including two Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degrees in the 88th convocation of BHU at Ruiya Ground here on Friday. The President garlanded the bust of founder of BHU Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh delivered the welcome address. The massive pandal erected for the convocation reverberated with the traditional slogan of Har Har Mahadev as soon as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam appeared on the dais.

The President conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree on the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) Rajendra Prasad Singh and Prof K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan of Chennai today.
RP Singh, who obtained his Masters degree in Machine Design (1971) from the Institute of Technology in BHU rose to the coveted position of CMD of PGCIL.

Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan is an eminent surgeon of India who was awarded with Padmshri in 2002.
Registrar N. Sundaram read the citations of RP Singh and Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan while Dr. Padmini Ravindranath of the Mahila Mahavidyalaya conducted the programme. Students of Performing Arts Faculty rendered the Kulgeet of BHU.
Neither Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh who was guest of honour nor UP Governor TV Rajeswar turned up for the convocation.

Vice-Chancellor of VBS Purvanchal University Prof. KP Singh, BHU Executive Council members, Prof. Anjan Kumar Banerjee, Prof. Anand Mohan, Dr. SD Singh and others were present on the occasion.Other students who were given the BHU Medal by Dr. Kalam included Deepak Kumar Garg and Ganesh Babu Kamma of Institute of Technology, Aditya Krishna Mootha and Rashmi Saraf (Medicine), Prachi and Anamika Bose (Institute of Agricultural Sciences), Saurabh Kumar Srivastava and Anjali Prasad (Science), Arpita Rai and Awanindra Kumar Pandey (Arts), Debati Ghosh and Abhiroop Ghatak (Social Science), Divya Sharda and Samrendra Kumar Jha (Commerce), Vineet Mahajan (Management), Mamta Roy and Renu Rai (Education), Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Kumar Srivastava (Law), Suneel Kumar Singh Kushwaha and Pragati Keshwani (Visual Arts), Shyam Rastogi and Dibyadarshan Biswal (Performing Arts), G. Jayamanikya Shashtri and Nirbhay Kumar Pandey (SVDV) and Minakshi Tiwari and Bipin Kumar Mishra (Ayurveda). Saurabh Kumar Srivastava of the Science Faculty was awarded with the Chancellors Medal.

Earlier, the President landed at the Varanasi airport by a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force coming from New Delhi at 11. 40 am. Soon, he boarded an IAF helicopter and landed at the helipad on the BHU campus at 12. 10 pm. From there, his cavalcade, reached the venue of the convocation at Ruiya ground at 12. 18 pm amid tight security. Members of the royal family of the erstwhile Benaras state Ashok Singh and Supriya and senior administrative and defence officialswelcomed the President at Babatpur airport.

Appointments at IMS-BHU questioned

THERE SEEMS to be doubts regarding transparency in the selection of senior residents at the Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences in Banaras Hindu University. Dr Ashutosh Kumar Yadav, a candidate for the post of senior resident, alleged that IMS authorities violated the norms of the Central Council of Indian Medicine in the said appointments.

Interviews for recruitment of senior residents were held on December 15, 2005 in BHU.
Probably one of the candidates, Dr Anubha Srivastava (selected for the post of Rachana Sharir) failed in the subject, Anatomy, in the preliminary examination, but she did not mention this in her bio-data just to hide the facts, Dr Yadav stated in a letter forwarded to BHU vice-chancellor Prof Panjab Singh.He alleged that the selected candidate completed her MD (Ayurveda) under a teacher who did not posses a medical degree and never taught the subject, Rachana Sharir.

As such, this is a matter of consideration, whether the degree of this candidate (for being guided by a non-medical teacher) is valid for any appointment, he said.Dr Yadav further alleged that the appointment of any employee above the grade of Rs. 8,000 was being done under the supervision of the V-C. However, it was not so in the appointment of senior residents (grade above Rs. 10,000), which was being done under the chairmanship of the IMS director alone, he said.
Dr Yadav has requested the BHU V-C to conduct an official inquiry into the matter.

Dr Yadav told that besides this particular case, there were mass irregularities in other appointments also.
He has also forwarded a letter to President of India and visitor of BHU Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh, BHU rector Prof S Lele and registrar N Sundaram to initiate appropriate steps to safeguard the interests of genuine candidates. IMS director Prof Gajendra Singh could not be contacted for comments while BHU registrar N Sundaram denied to speak on the issue.This is not the first time when irregularities have surfaced in the Faculty of Ayurveda. Anomalies had surfaced during the entrance examination of MD-MS last year when some aspirants had alleged that the examination papers were leaked from the central office.

8,000 take Class XI admission test

Over 8,000 candidates took the school entrance test for admission to class 11th at Central Hindu School and Central Hindu Girls School, both affiliated to Banaras Hindu University, on Monday. The entrance was held at various centres on the BHU campus from 8 am to 10 am. Vice Chairman of School Board Prof Vakil Singh and dean of students Prof VK Kumra visited the centers to ensure smooth conduct of the examinations.

The entrance test for admission to class 9th and 6th will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The results of these examinations are likely to be declared within a fortnight.The entrance examinations for admission to 13 under-graduate courses in BHU will begin from May 13 while the entrance test for admission to 79 post-graduate courses will begin on May 21.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU): LLB Admission 2009

Important Dates:

Commencement of Sale of Forms: Feb 21, 2009
Last Date for Receipt of Postal Requisition for Forms: March 07, 2009
Sale of Forms from Counter:March30, 2009
Receipt of Completed Forms by hand or post (Without late fee):March 23, 2009
Receipt of Completed Forms by hand or post (With late fee):March 30, 2009

Notification for Entrance Tests/Admissions -2009

BHU has notified for the sale of application forms and related information bulletin for admission to various Under Graduate & Post Graduate courses for 2009-2010.

Professional Courses After Graduation: LL. B

Note: We have only mentioned LLB, for other courses please check the details on BHU Website.

Admission Procedure:
Admission to the Under Graduate & Post Graduate courses will be made through Under Graduate and Post Graduate Entrance Tests (UET/PET)

Note: Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply. Reservations as per Govt of India rules.

How to Apply:
Information Bulletin Plus Application form can be obtained from the

ENTRANCE TEST CELL,
OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER OF EXAMINATIONS,
BHU, VARANASI-221005

either on cash payment of Rs. 50/- (Fifty) only, from 11.00 AM to 3.00 PM on working days OR
by registered post by sending a written request mentioning name of the course, postal address along with:

(i) A crossed MICR Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque issued by any Nationalised/ Scheduled Bank for Rs. 100/- (One Hundred) only in favour of the CONTROLLER OF EXAMINATIONS, BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY, payable at Varanasi, indicating name of candidate and course name on its reverse

(ii) A self-addressed unstamped envelope of the size 32cm x 26cm. The UET/PET/Special Courses of Study (Diploma & Certificate) Information Bulletin Plus Application Form will also be available on cash payment at Rajiv Gandhi South Campus Barkachha Mirzapur and some other designated offices of the University.

NOTE:
(1) Test Fee shall be charged as per details in the Information Bulletin.
(2) Only MICR Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque is acceptable.
(3) Foreign nationals are exempted from appear ing in Entrance Test and are required to contact the international Centre, C/3/3. Tagore House, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005 for further details
(4) Candidates may visit the website www.bhu.ac.in for further details
(5) Application Form-incomplete/received after the last date, shall not be accepted

Contact BHU at:
Official Website: www.bhu.ac.in
Phone: 0542-2368418, 2307255-58
Fax: 0542-2368418

E-mail: controller@bhu.ac.in

Second Term for Vice Chancellor Panjab Singh rejected on charges of corruption

New Delhi, April 7, 2008: The Centre has rejected Banaras Hindu University vice-chancellor Panjab Singh's application for a second term amid allegations of favouritism, corruption and 'saffronisation' of the campus.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry has struck Singh's name off the list of aspirants for the vice-chancellor's post, which falls vacant on May 3, officials said.

The decision came after the Prime Minister's Office forwarded a list of complaints against Panjab's administration, many of them received during Manmohan Singh's visit to the university last month, ministry sources said. On March 15, the Prime Minister had received an honorary doctorate in literature from Panjab.

The vice-chancellor is learnt to be close to HRD minister Arjun Singh. India's education boss, however, has not yet explained the reasons for dropping him, Panjab told.

'No one, not the minister nor any of his officials, has yet explained the reasons for dropping me from the list. But life does not end here. I will accept whatever the ministry decides,' he said. He denied all the allegations against him.

Usually, a vice-chancellor nearing the end of his term is informed whether his political bosses are favourable — or at least open — to an extension, the sources said. If an incumbent receives signals that 'it is time for him to go, he rarely, if ever, seeks reappointment'.

When the selection process began this year, Panjab was the first to reapply. He has since then visited the ministry headquarters in Shastri Bhavan several times to meet Arjun.

Arjun, however, did not meet him the last time the vice-chancellor came to Delhi, the sources said.

Several faculty members and administration officials in BHU have been calling for Panjab's removal for over a year now. They have been joined by the Congress MP from Varanasi, Rajesh Kumar Mishra.

'More than 50 per cent of the appointments he (Panjab) made were biased. At least 10 family members have received permanent appointments. And now, he is spending over Rs 100 crore to build a second BHU campus near his village (just outside Varanasi),' Mishra alleged.

Panjab had invited Ram Madhav, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader, to a function at BHU even while calling for 'depoliticisation' of the campus, Mishra said.

'Students taking out a procession on Gandhi Jayanti were arrested. It's a victory for truth and for academics if Panjab Singh's plea for a second term has been rejected,' the MP, a former vice-president of the BHU students' union, added.

Panjab, who banned students' unions from the campus, has his share of supporters. 'He is a victim of political decisions,' a member of the administration said.

The complaints and the demands for Panjab's resignation have the support of some ministry officials, too, but he succeeded in completing his tenure thanks to Arjun, the sources said.

'Their proximity is legendary. But there is little even the minister can do when the PM himself intervenes,' an official said.

The BHU vice-chancellor's post - which has a three-year tenure - is coveted in academic circles, the sources said. The university was set up more than 90 years ago by Right-wing Congress leader Madan Mohan Malaviya.

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3 DAV Post Graduate College, Varanasi
4 Vasant Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Varanasi


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