The Banaras Hindu University, formally established on Basanta Panchami, Tuesday 8th Feb. 1916, completed 100 years of its glorious existence on Basanta Panchami, Friday 12th Feb. 2016. The University is celebrating its centenary year with a series of academic, cultural and sports events..
Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya founded Banaras Hindu University with the vision of pursuing education as a bridge between India’s past and modernizing world system. The Banaras Hindu University played a stellar role in the Indian independence movement. Over a period of time, it has developed into one of the greatest centres of learning in India.
Today, BHU signifies the confluence of old and the new, tradition and modernity, Sanskrit and Hindi, philosophy and biotechnology, ayurveda and nanomedicine, astrology and space science, performing arts and computer science. As an alma mater, BHU has changed in a big way, but its soul remains the same. A true Capital of Learning.
The BHU has also provided education to thousands of foreign students from all over the world. Among them are a few Greek Indologists, like the chairman of ELINEPA Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis, Dr Eliki Zannas, who did extensive research on the impressive architecture and sculpture of the medieval temples of Khajurāho, Dr Miltiadis Spyrou, who submitted his Ph.D. thesis, Eudaemonistic Trends in Indian Philosophy in 1971, Dr Maria Athanasopoulou, who did her Ph.D. on A Critical Study of J. Krishnamurti’s Teachings and his Works, the theologian Apostolos Michailides who was awarded Master of Arts in Indian Philosophy and Religion in 1993, and others.
In 2004, the Banaras Hindu University established its own International Centre with an objective to deal with all matters related to foreign students and scholars and to serve as an educational bridge between India and the World.
Read also: CONTRIBUTIONS OF MAHAMANA PT. MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA TO INDIAN RELIGION AND SOCIETY, by Prof. Deo Brat Chaube, INDIKA 2005.