Central Hindu School

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Central Hindu School
Kamachha, Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

Other nameCHS
Former nameCentral Hindu College
School typeNon Co-Ed
MottoKnowledge is vitality
FounderDr. Annie Besant
School boardCBSE
PrincipalDr. Neeru Wahal
Teaching staff100-110 in Boys and 60-70 in Girls school
GenderMale and Female
Age rangeMaximum 18 years for admission in XI as on 30 September
Number of pupils2000 in CHBS and 1700 in CHGS
Classes offered6 to 12th
Medium of languageEnglish & Hindi
LanguageHindi, Bhojpuri and English
Hours in school day8
Campus size70 acres
Campus typerectangular
PublicationBanaras Hindu University Press
AffiliationBanaras Hindu University

Central Hindu School, formerly known as Central Hindu College, is one of India's largest schools which is situated at Kamachha in the heart of the holy city Varanasi.It is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) and is governed by Banaras Hindu University (1976) and Senior High School (11th standard) was called Pre University Course (PUC).


Founded by noted freedom-fighter Annie Besant in July 1898, with Dr. Arthur Richardson, a science graduate from England as the principal.,[1] and went on to become the nucleus of Banaras Hindu University, which was established in 1916. Asia's first Educational conference was held in the ground of the CHBS. Ruler of the Indian Princely State of Benares State (Royal House of Benares) Prabhu Narayan Singh was instrumental in setting up the school and donated requisite land for the school.

This school had run under graduation classes as a loaner for Banaras Hindu University which was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and was still under construction. The charge of the Central Hindu College was handed over to the Hindu University Society on 27 November 1915. By a notification issued by the Government, in October 1917, the Central Hindu College became a constituent college of the newly formed university.[2] The Sayaji Rao Gaekwad Library (Central Library), BHU was first housed in the Telang Library of the College in 1917.[3]

Noted theosophist, George Arundale joined the school as a history teacher in 1917, and later became the head of the school. It is one of the oldest school in Varanasi. CHBS has longest playground in all over the Purvanchal where football tournament is played by many colleges of Varanasi. CHBS has a Sarga Hall which is one of the longest hall. There is a historical library which had established in 1912 and known as Kashinath Traimbak Telang Library.The Sayaji Rao Gaekwad Library, BHU was first housed in the Telang Library of the College in 1917. The library houses more than 30,000 valuable books such as encyclopedias, novels, old books on different subjects besides numerous magazines, newspapers, and digests. To create special awareness in Mathematics and Science the school has been organizing Ramanujan Memorial Mathematics Contest and Sir C.V.Raman Science Quiz since 1988.


Central Hindu Boys School's campus spreads over 70 acres and houses the school, hostel, laboratories (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer, Psychology & Agriculture), gym and library. The school has 50+ classrooms and houses several halls. Football field, cricket field, basketball court and tennis courts are amongst the sporting facilities available. Annual inter school football competition, which is held at the school grounds, is one of the major sport event of the school.

Cultural programs[edit]

There is also held cultural programs at biggest level such as Krishna Janmastami, Anniversary of Annie Besant(1, October) etc.


As per the BHU EC resolution dated 29/30 March 1996, the following reservations will be given for admissions in the seats available for admission in various classes after giving seats to internal students:-

  • 15% seats are reserved for Schedule Caste candidates.
  • 7.5% seats are reserved for Schedule Tribe candidates.
  • 5% seats are reserved for physically challenged physically challenged (PC) candidates.as per disability act 32(1) 2016
  • 50% seats available for admission shall be provided to the sons and daughters of permanent employees of BHU, subject to securing a minimum of 33% marks in Entrance Test.


  • Sanatana Dharma: an advanced text book of Hindu religion and Ethics. Central Hindu College, Benaras. 1904.

Noted alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Central Hindu CohhfgiduyststrjsuraFtjr FStkyllege The white woman's other burden: Western women and South Asia during British colonial rule, by Kumari Jayawardena. Routledge, 1995. ISBN 0-415-91105-2. Page 128-129.
  2. ^ Brief History of Central Hindu College, Banaras Hindu University Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Correspondence and Select Documents, by Rajendra Prasad, Valmiki Choudhary. Allied Publishers, 1984. ISBN 81-7023-002-0. Page 479.
  3. ^ "Banaras Hindu University, Central Library (Varanasi, India)". University of Chicago. 3 March 2009.

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