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BHU Varanasi

BHU Varanasi

Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed seat of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi and founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in 1916. It was created under the Parliamentary legislation - B.H.U. Act 1915. 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. A satellite campus of the university at Barkachha , in Mirzapur district, covering an area of 2700 acres is coming up. The university comprises 5 Institutes, 16 Faculties 134 Departments, 2 Inter-disciplinary Schools, a constituent college for women's and 3 Constituents Schools, spanning a vast range of subjects pertaining to most of the 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 largest  museum among the Indian  universities,  is a treasure trove of rare collections. The 927 bed hospital of the University is equipped with all the modern amenities. The university provides a wide range of facilities for sports 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 31000 students, (including students from developed countries), belonging to all streams of life, castes, religions and races,  about 2100 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.

Official Name: Banaras Hindu University
Date of Establishment: 4th February, 1916
Number of students:  
Undergraduates: 14,649
Postgraduates: 9,120
M.Phil: 41
Ph.D.: 3,497
Diploma: 2,998
Certificate: 362
Students (Male): 19,392
Students (Female): 11,275
Total no. Of students: 30,667


International Students:  
Male: 417
Female: 186
Total: 603 (from 54 countries)

Nature of the University: Comprehensive

URL of the Web page of the University:

Thematic priority of Banaras Hindu University in the BRICS Network University: Energy

The educational programmes, which the university offers to the partner NU universities in the framework of the thematic priorities of BRICS NU:

Post Graduate Diploma in Non Conventional Energy sources

Development and economic growth of societies depends on the energy inputs. Growth of energy sector is particularly critical for socioeconomic development of rural areas. Globally the need for energy is only bound to increase. Unsustainability of fossil fuels due to their limited nature leaves no option but to harness non-conventional energy to overcome the barriers to development posed by energy security in the rural areas. In view of  the anthropogenic global warming threat driving climate change coupled with scarcity of fossil fuels, the Post Graduate Diploma Programme in the Non-conventional Energy Sources is timely to enable students with varied  backgrounds to appreciate various aspects of the energy sources. Students will be exposed to the different kinds of non-conventional energy sources and their applications to different aspects. The course is aimed at providing an understanding of the non  conventional energy sources and their applications in different areas.  The modules would include units on Solar Energy, Solar Energy Applications, Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells, Wind Energy and Biomass, Geothermal Energy, Batteries, Supercapacitors and Nuclear Energy. Lab training with credits would form an integral part of the course

Duration 2 Semesters
Eligibility Qualifications: B.Sc. in Science Discipline


Certificate Course on Clean Coal Technology

Clean coal technologies focus on efficient combustion of coal with reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide,  nitrogen oxide, particles and mercury, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions through carbon capture and storage. Other technologies such as coal liquefaction and gasification are being pursued to produce low cost, secure alternatives to oil and natural gas for use in electricity generation and transportation. The Department of Geology, B.H.U proposes a certificate course to educate, encourage and support public/private organisations to be aware of the intricacies of coal constitution and its bearing on the clean coal tech­nologies that ultimately can be brought to large-scale commercial deployments. The takers of this certificate course would not only be the Thermal Power Generation plants but also other coal consumers like, steel plants, cement plants and other industries including post graduate students. The course structure would include coal as rock and fuel, environmental pollution and assessment, clean coal technologies (CCT) and coal preparation. There would be credits for lab training.

Duration 2 Semesters
Eligibility Qualifications: B.Sc. in Science Discipline



The Department of Environment and Sustainable Development at IESD, BHU offers Integrated M. Phil. Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. During the first semester the students have to study general aspects of sustainability, environmental issues and concerns, monitoring, statistical analysis, research methodology and a minor elective in Philosophy of Science and during the 2nd Semester in addition to the M. Phil. Dissertation the candidates have to opt for a set of three papers out of a bouquet of 21 special papers being offered to them. One such specialized paper is on ENERGY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (Paper ESD 206) which is of 3 credits (Theory: 2; Practical: 1). The paper has been designed to help students understand the concept of energy and how it is related to human activities. It deals with the non-renewable and renewable energy resources, waste to energy, energy audit, energy efficiency and conservation as well as Indian energy scenario and policy issues, market analysis pertaining to India in particular.

Dr. Mallickarjun Joshi, Professor of Geology & Coordinator Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Role in BRICSNU: University Coordinator,, email:;