印度是四大文明古国之一。恒河是古印度文明的摇篮，作为印度第一大河，它发源于喜马拉雅山脉，全长2700多公里，中、上游有2100多公里在印度境内，下游500公里在孟加拉国。 恒河这条世界名川，被印度人民尊称为“圣河”和“印度的母亲”。众多的神话故事和宗教传说构成了恒河两岸独特的风土人情；许多自古流传的神话，使印度人民对恒河母亲生起无限的怀想，烙下一个不可磨灭的情结。作为圣河，历史悠久，有着浓厚的民俗和文化色彩，即使经过千年的文明洗礼，恒河两岸的人们仍然保持着古老的习俗。比如一生中至少要在恒河中沐浴一次，让圣河洗净生生世世所有的罪孽。 印度人所以将恒河看作是女神的化身，虔诚地敬仰恒河，据说是起源于一个传说故事。古时候，恒河水流湍急、汹涌澎湃，经常泛滥成灾，毁灭良田，残害生灵，有个国王为了洗刷先辈的罪孽，请求天上的女神帮助驯服恒河，为人类造福。湿婆神来到喜马拉雅山下，散开头发，让汹涌的河水从自己头上缓缓流过，灌溉两岸的田野，两岸的居民得以安居乐业。从此，印度教便将恒河奉若神明，敬奉湿婆神和圣水沐浴成为印度教徒的两大宗教活动。因此整个恒河，不管在上游、中游、还是下游，也不管是在春夏秋冬，一天到晚总是有印度教徒在洗浴。河岸之景蔚为壮观，清清的绿色恒河水微波荡漾，河岸边错落不齐、风格各异的神庙，一座紧挨一座，形成陡立的峭壁。恒河日出——东方欲白，淡淡的晨雾慢慢地散去，一轮红日喷薄而出。岸边陡立的建筑披上了金色的衣裳，河面泛起一片金光。再看岸边的河水中，洗浴的男女老少进入了忘我之境。有的站在齐腰深的水中双手忙碌，尽情搓洗；有的双手合十，面向太阳••••••
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.
Other infrastructural facilities of the University include:
Workshop Units of Public Relations
Auditoria Publications and Press
Bharat Kala Bhavan (Museum)
Academic Staff College
Airstrip and Helipad
(Airstripusedbyair wingof NCC)
UWD (University Works Department)
Banks with ATM
Sanitary and Support Services
Electri.c and Water Supply Services