New Delhi, Jan 20: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi has started a new postgraduate course - masters in Hindu Studies. The introduction of this new course makes BHU, the first university in India to offer a course on Hindu Dharma.
Masters in Hindu studies is an interdisciplinary program, which is introduced in line with the National Education Policy, 2020. The program will be offered by the Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Sanskrit and Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, under the faculty of Arts.
The course aims to help students and the world made aware of several unknown aspects and facts about the Hindu religion and help in taking its teachings to more people, said Prof V K Shukla, a senior rector. So far, a total of 45 students, including a foreign student, have joined the first batch.According to Centenary Chair Professor Rakesh Upadhyaya, such courses will help impart ‘Sanatan’ values in students and the young generation.
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The course is of four semesters with 16 papers. “It took more than a century to begin such a course on Hindu Dharma in the university after its establishment in 1914,” said Coordinator of the Bharat Adhyayan Kendra Prof. Sadashiv Kumar Dwivedi.
The inaugural function was held in hybrid mode and the course was inaugurated on Tuesday.