Admission at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has just begun. More than 1.75 lakh candidates from across the world are appearing for the entrance tests for various under graduate and post graduate courses from May 20 to June 7 being held at various cities in the country.
BHU vice-chancellor Lalji Singh said, “The standards set by founder Madan Mohan Malviya set us apart from other universities as we inculcate moral values and ethics among students apart from contemporary education. Students who do not succeed in the entrance examination should not feel that this is the end of the world. There are plenty of opportunities for them, they just need to explore.”
Apart from 16 faculties, 140 departments in the university, there are four affiliated colleges of BHU. The entrance examination for the admission in MA social work, master of fine arts, bachelor of fine arts, BEd, MEd, LLM has already been conducted on different dates from May 20, there is going to be a huge rush of examinees from May 28 to June 7 who would be appearing for BSc (agriculture), BSc (hons) Biology, BSc (hons) Maths, BA (hons) Arts, BA (hons) social sciences, LLB, MCA, MA, MSc and other course.
Some 1,952 students will be selected out of 15,813 examinees, who would be appearing in entrance test of BA (hons) arts. As many as 11,249 students have applied for BA (hons) social sciences for 1,551 seats. Tough competition could be seen in LLB examination where 3,613 students will be trying to get one seat out of 384 seats. Even professional courses like MCA, MA mass communication will see more than 3,000 applicants.
“It is the number of seats versus number of applicants in the tests. Clearing the entrance test is more than scoring good marks in class XII exams,” said Nikita Singh, an applicant from Madhya Pradesh. Another student Srishti, who is aiming for a career as a researcher, believes that getting admission in BHU will ensure a good time ahead. “Apart from studies, university provides opportunity to participate in international events in academics,” she added.
The dream to be a part of the prestigious university has also given rise to the trend of coaching classes which are preparing students to brush up knowledge to clear the university entrance examinations. A lot of outstation students are camping in Varanasi and joined the short-term courses. Ritesh Pandey, who has applied for BCom, said: “To get into the merit list, it is necessary to score high. There is a tough competition for admission in commerce faculty. I came from Ballia specially to join coaching classes in Varanasi as I want a rank in top 50 to avoid any risk of rejection in general category.” For Vinod Kumar, the hostel and mess facilities and low cost of education are the big assets for people coming from weak economic background. “If I take admission elsewhere, I will not get a cheaper education and accommodation,” he said. (TOI)