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Banaras Hindu University (BHU) opens doors for girls in arts, social sciences faculties

Co-education has now been introduced in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in faculties of arts and social sciences in BHU from this session

education Updated: Jul 06, 2017 10:47 IST
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in faculties of arts and social sciences have been made co-educational by BHU from this session.
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in faculties of arts and social sciences have been made co-educational by BHU from this session.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has started co-education in undergraduate courses in the faculties of arts and social sciences from this session. All other departments have co-ed classes.

According to the dean, faculty of arts, Prof Kumar Pankaj, BHU planned to introduce co-education in the two faculties in 2015 but it could not be implemented then due to practical difficulties. “Co-education has now been introduced in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in faculty for arts and faculty of social sciences from this session following instructions by the vice chancellor Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi,” he said.

The faculty of arts is one of the oldest departments in BHU.

“Until 1971, arts and social science faculty (all-boys) was under one umbrella, running as a single body. In mid 1971, faculty of social sciences was created. There is separate Mahila Mahavidyalaya which was established by BHU’s founding father, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya ji in 1929, for the girls,” says the dean of social sciences, Manjeet Chaturvedi.

“A few weeks ago Prof Tripathi called a meeting and floated the idea to introduce co-education in undergraduate courses at the two faculties. Everyone welcomed the idea. And now the administration has done it,” Prof Chaturvedi said.

All other undergraduate and post graduate courses run under various faculties and departments of the varsity had co-education classes.

BHU has three institutes, 14 faculties, 140 departments, four inter-disciplinary centres, a constituent college for women and three constituent schools, spanning a vast range of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities, social science, technology, medicine, science, fine arts and performing arts.

It has six centres of advanced studies, 10 departments under special assistance programme and a large number of specialised research centres. The 927 bed hospital of the university is equipped with all the modern amenities.

As cut-offs were announced for various courses students thronged the university for admissions. “On the first day of counselling itself we witnessed a large enrolment of students from far- flung pockets of country and it was pleasing to see a huge turn-up of girls for the admission” says PS Rana, head of the online admission system.

As accommodation is important for students seeking admission, provision for proper hostel facility for girls was ensured by the administration. The counselling session is expected to conclude by the end of July and the new session is likely to start from tje first week of August for the respective courses.