BHU starts India’s first Hindu Studies course: How to apply and details of the MA course

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) started MA course on Hindu Studies from this academic year. This is the first such course in India and is being conducted at the Faculty of Arts at the Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) of BHU. It will be run by the departments of Philosophy, Sanskrit, Archeology and Vedic Vedic Science and the Center for the Study of India.

In January 2021, after long deliberations, senior members of the Board of Studies at BHU passed a resolution to start this course. Apart from Indian students, foreign students will also be able to participate in this course.

Professor Sadashiv Dwivedi, Coordinator of Bharat Studies Center BHU said that the aim of the course was to prepare scholars of ancient India including philosophy and languages. Students will be able to understand Indian culture and Hinduism from a scientific point of view.

Other central universities will also start Hindu studies courses soon. According to BHU vice-chancellor VK Shukla, the course is being started because Christian and Islamic countries have different religion based courses in their countries, but it was lacking in India.

How to apply

Any person having Bachelor’s degree in any discipline Arts, Science, IT, Technology can take admission in two years BHU Hindu Studies MA course.

There are 40 seats in the course. The last date to fill the online form on the official website of BHU is 7th September and the entrance exam will be held on 3rd October.

What will students study in this course?

The curriculum will cover elements, dharma and liberation, methods of proof, practice in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas, tradition of dialogue in ancient India and understanding Western discourse and Sanskrit language.

The course will also focus on aspects of Hindu philosophy such as an in-depth analysis of Tatva Mimamsa (material analysis), Dharma Karma Mimamsa (religion and action), and Pramana Mimamsa (proof).