The mystique of Varanasi, one of the oldest surviving cities of the world, has been mesmerising tourists, scholars, researchers from across the globe for its religious traditions, art, culture and spirituality.
The Banaras Hindu University (BHU), in a unique initiative is going to make it easy with a new post-graduate course on “Kashi Studies’ starting next session.
In sync with the emphasis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the indigenous culture and ethos, the two-year PG course will encompass all facets of the ‘Kashi’ which has been fascinating the domestic and foreign scholars and researchers since long.
The history department under the Social Sciences faculty of BHU will start the course which will be open to foreign students as well. Prof Kaushal Kishore Mishra said that the committee set up by University Administration will give final touches to the syllabus of this course which will be ratified by the Executive Council of BHU.
Spread over four semesters, the entire course curriculum will give an insight about the history, religious traditionals, spirituality to the art of banarasi silk to the rich music heritage of likes of Bismillah Khan beside the literary and historical personalities such as Tulsidas, Kabir, Premchand, Buddh, Raidas etc.
The course, in pursuance of the policy of ‘atma nirbhar Uttar Pradesh’ by the Yogi government, will be employment oriented. It is likely to start from July, 2021.