The Banaras Hindu University has started a postgraduate programme in ‘Hindu Dharma’ and according to the varsity, the course is the first of its kind in the country. Sadashiv Kumar Dwivedi, the coordinator of the ‘Bharat Adhyayan Kendra’, said that this two-year course will have four semesters and 16 papers.

                     

  Banaras Hindu University

The course offered by BHU’s faculty of arts will be conducted at Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, a centre established in the centenary year of the university in collaboration with the department of philosophy and religion, Sanskrit and ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology. Bharat Adhyayan Kendra coordinator professor Sadashiv Kumar Dwivedi said 45 students including a foreigner, have been enrolled in the first batch of this two-year course. The course is of four semesters, with 16 papers. “It took more than a century to begin such a course in the university after its establishment in 1914,” Dwivedi said.

The course was inaugurated on Tuesday Jan 18, 2022, by the BHU rector professor VK Shukla. “The course is an interdisciplinary programme, which is in line with the new education policy2020,” Shukla said, adding that the beginning of this course symbolises innovation. He emphasised that, the postgraduate course is the first-of-its-kind to be offered by a university in the country. The course will make the world aware of many unknown aspects of Hindu Dharma and help in taking its teachings to more people, Prof Shukla said.

Addressing the programme, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for arts director, Vijay Shankar Shukla, underlined the need for such course on Hindu Studies. “The idea behind this goes back to the 18th century scholar Pt Gangadhar Jha and travels through time to Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya. However, the link was broken for some reason. But with this course, the goal appears to have been achieved.”

 

Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, and centenary chair professor at Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, who chaired the programme, highlighted the values and mantra of unity that are core to Hindu dharma. He added that one cannot separate Hindu Dharma from being constantly logical and scientific.

Addressing the inauguration programme, Dr Vijay Shankar Shukla, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, underlined the need to have such a course on Hindu Studies.

Centenary Chair Professor Prof Rakesh Upadhyaya said the course was important for building the Sanatana life values.

Prominent speakers at the function called upon scholars to come forward and preserve the ‘Santana Parampara.’ They said that the course is important for building ‘sanatana’ life values. They also spoke about what they saw the scientific aspect of the Gayatri mantra.