Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University
Faculty of Arts
(seen from North-West)
|Dean||Pro. Kumar Pankaj|
|Location||Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Website||Faculty of Arts|
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.
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.
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;
- History, Culture and Philosophy
- Language and Literature
- Professional and Vocational courses
- Bhojpuri Addhayan Kendra
- Department of AIHC & Archaeology
- Department of Arabic
- Department of Bengali
- Department of English
- Department of Foreign Languages
- Department of French Studies
- Department of German Studies
- Department of Hindi
- Department of History of Art (Nodal Department for Tourism and Travel Management Courses)
- Department of Indian Languages
- Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
- Department of Library & Information Science
- Department of Linguistics
- Department of Marathi
- Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
- Department of Persian
- Department of Philosophy and Religion
- Department of Physical Education
- Department of Sanskrit
- Department of Telugu
- Department of Urdu
- Malaviya Moolya Anusheelan Kendra
The Faculty of Arts, BHU has produced many luminous alumni. Some of them are as follows:
|01||Dr.||A. L. Atreya||–||–||–||–||Padma Bhushan awardee|
|02||Prof.||Ahmad Hasan Dani||MA||Sanskrit||1944||Pakistani intellectual, archaeologist, historian & linguist||First Muslim graduate of BHU|
|03||Mr.||Anant Sadashiv Altekar||–||–||–||Historian, archaeologist and numismatist|||
|04||Prof.||Awadh Kishore Narain||MA||AIHC||1947||Indian historian, archaeologist & numismatist|||
|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|
|07||Mr.||Colin Turnbull||MA||Indian Religion & Philosophy||1947||British-American anthropologist|||
|08||Mr.||Kashinath Singh||PhD||Hindi||1965||Indian writer and scholar of Hindi language||Sahitya Akademi Awardee|
|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||–|
|16||Prof.||Prithvi Nath Kaula||–||–||–||Library and Information Sciences specialist||Padma Shri awardee.|
|17||Dr.||Rajbali Pandey||PhD||–||–||Indian writer and author|||
|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|||
|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||–|
- Acharya Sita Ram Chaturvedi: Indian educator, dramatist and scholar of Hindi and Sanskrit language and literature.
- 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
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- "Courses" (PDF). Official website. Retrieved May 2015.
- "Departments". University website. Retrieved May 2015.
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- "Alumni:Awadh Kishore Narain". Banaras Hindu University website. Retrieved May 2015.
- Baldev Upadhyaya Felicitation Volume, (Ed.) G.C. Tripathi, Journal of the Ganganath Jha, Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Allahabad, 1983.
- "Alumni:Colin Turnbull". Official website of the biography. Retrieved May 2015.
- "Alumni:Kashinath Singh". Samanvay Indian Languages Festival. Retrieved May 2015.
- "Alumni:Prithvi Nath Kaula". IT BHU Global. Retrieved May 2015.
- Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit Literature (2003), pp. 427–429