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Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University
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Faculty of Arts
(seen from North-West)
Type Faculty
Established 1898
Parent institution
Banaras Hindu University
Academic affiliation
Banaras Hindu University
Dean Pro. Kumar Pankaj
Location Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
25°16′12″N 82°59′43″E / 25.26987°N 82.995167°E / 25.26987; 82.995167
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC
Website Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University is located in Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University
Faculty location on Varanasi district map

Faculty of Arts, (a.k.a. Arts Faculty) is a faculty in the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India which offers courses in History, Culture, philosophy, Language, Literature, Professional and Vocational courses. It was founded in 1898 and is the oldest and largest faculty in the Banaras Hindu University. Faculty of Arts was formally known as the Central Hindu College (1898–1916). In 1916, the Banaras Hindu University grew around the "nucleus" of the Faculty of Arts.[1]


Formally known as Central Hindu College, The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and largest faculty in the Banaras Hindu University. It was founded in 1898 by Dr. Annie Besant and became the epicentre and bedrock for foundation of Banaras Hindu University in 1916 by Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. Faculty of Arts also known as "Mother Faculty" out of which many other faculties and departments of the university grew out.[1]

East wing of Faculty of Arts


Faculty of Arts' administrative head is a dean. The dean is responsible for all aspects of the Faculty's operations, including budgets, administration, planning, support services, faculty appointments, curricula and student affairs. The dean is appointed by and reports to the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

There are 23 different departments in the Faculty of Arts that offer Certificate courses, Special courses, Undergraduate diploma, Undergraduate degree (UG), advanced Postgraduate diploma, Postgraduate degree (PG) and Doctorate in following three categories;[1][2]

  1. History, Culture and Philosophy
  2. Language and Literature
  3. Professional and Vocational courses


Office of Department of French studies
(located in West wing of the Faculty)
  1. Bhojpuri Addhayan Kendra
  2. Department of AIHC & Archaeology
  3. Department of Arabic
  4. Department of Bengali
  5. Department of English
  6. Department of Foreign Languages
  7. Department of French Studies
  8. Department of German Studies
  9. Department of Hindi
  10. Department of History of Art (Nodal Department for Tourism and Travel Management Courses)
  11. Department of Indian Languages
  12. Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
  13. Department of Library & Information Science
  14. Department of Linguistics
  15. Department of Marathi
  16. Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
  17. Department of Persian
  18. Department of Philosophy and Religion
  19. Department of Physical Education
  20. Department of Sanskrit
  21. Department of Telugu
  22. Department of Urdu
  23. Malaviya Moolya Anusheelan Kendra


Noted alumni[edit]

The Faculty of Arts, BHU has produced many luminous alumni.[1] Some of them are as follows:

# Title Name Course Subject Year Occupation Remarks
01 Dr. A. L. Atreya Padma Bhushan awardee[1]
02 Prof. Ahmad Hasan Dani MA Sanskrit 1944 Pakistani intellectual, archaeologist, historian & linguist First Muslim graduate of BHU[4]
03 Mr. Anant Sadashiv Altekar Historian, archaeologist and numismatist [1]
04 Prof. Awadh Kishore Narain MA AIHC 1947 Indian historian, archaeologist & numismatist [5]
05 Mr. B. D. Lakshman BA Indo-Fijian politician, union leader & businessman
06 Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya MA Sanskrit 1922 Hindi & Sanskrit scholar, literary historian, essayist & critic Padma Bhushan awardee[6]
07 Mr. Colin Turnbull MA Indian Religion & Philosophy 1947 British-American anthropologist [7]
08 Mr. Kashinath Singh PhD Hindi 1965 Indian writer and scholar of Hindi language Sahitya Akademi Awardee[8]
09 Mr. Koenraad Elst MA Indology 1992 Orientalist and Indologist
10 Mr. Kuber Nath Rai Hindi & Sanskrit Hindi literature & Sanskrit scholar
11 Mr. Lal Mani Joshi MA Pali 1964 Buddhist scholar
12 Mr. Liu Anwu MA Hindi 1958 Chinese translator
13 Mr. Ma Su Krishnamurthy MA Hindi 1962 Kannada and Hindi writer
14 Mr. Manu Bhandari MA Hindi 1953 Hindi writer
15 Mr. Paragu Burmese writer
16 Prof. Prithvi Nath Kaula Library and Information Sciences specialist Padma Shri awardee.[1][9]
17 Dr. Rajbali Pandey PhD Indian writer and author [1]
18 Mr. Ram Krishna Singh MA English 1972 Reviewer, critic and contemporary poet
19 Mr. Rewa Prasad Dwivedi MA Sanskrit 1962 Sanskrit scholar and poet [10]
20 Mr. Robert M. Pirsig MA Eastern Philosophy & culture 1954 American writer and philosopher
21 Mr. Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena - - - Hindi writer, poet, columnist and playwright
22 Mr. Satya Vrat Shastri PhD Sanskrit - Sanskrit scholar, writer, grammarian and poet
23 Mr. Shankar Dayal Singh BA - - Indian Politician


  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: 10 +2 with minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate including all the subjects.

  • Master of Arts

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Graduate degree under at least 10+2+3 pattern securing a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate in subject. Duration of Course: 2 Years (4 Semesters).

Special Course of Studies: Master of Tourism and Travel Management offered by Dept. of History of Art

Master of Corporate Communication offered by Dept. of Mass Communication and Journalism

  • Doctorate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "About Faculty of Arts". BHU website. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Courses" (PDF). Official website. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Departments". University website. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Alumni:Ahmad Hasan Dani". The Guardian. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Alumni:Awadh Kishore Narain" Check |url= value (help). Banaras Hindu University website. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Baldev Upadhyaya Felicitation Volume, (Ed.) G.C. Tripathi, Journal of the Ganganath Jha, Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Allahabad, 1983.
  7. ^ "Alumni:Colin Turnbull". Official website of the biography. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Alumni:Kashinath Singh". Samanvay Indian Languages Festival. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Alumni:Prithvi Nath Kaula". IT BHU Global. Retrieved May 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit Literature (2003), pp. 427–429

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Coordinates: 25°16′12″N 82°59′43″E / 25.269870°N 82.995167°E / 25.269870; 82.995167