Banaras Hindu University is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh established in 1916. The University is one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students. The University’s main campus spread over 1,300 acres while The Rajiv Gandhi South Campus spread over 2,700 acres. BHU is organized into 4 institutes and 14 colleges.
Total student enrolment at the university exceeds 20,000, and includes students from over 34 nations. It has over 60 hostels for resident students. Several of its colleges, including engineering (IIT-BHU), science, linguistics, journalism & mass communication, performing arts, law, agriculture (IAS-BHU), medicine (IMS-BHU) and management (FMS), are ranked among the best in India. The university is well known for its Department of French Studies. The university's engineering institute was designated an IIT in 2011. The University received affiliations with University Gants Commission (UGC), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), and is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Academic colleges of the University include following faculties:
1. Faculty of Arts
2. Faculty of Commerce
3. Faculty of Education
4. Faculty of Law
5. Faculty of Management Studies
6. Faculty of Performing Arts
7. Faculty of Science
8. Faculty of Social Science
9. Faculty of Visual Arts
10. Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan Sankaya
Banaras Hindu University provides a rich infrastructure with latest facilities. The BHU Library System consisted of the Central Library and 3 Institute Libraries, 8 Faculty Libraries and over 25 Departmental Libraries, with a collection of at least 1.3 million volumes.
A digital library is available to students and staff and provides online access to thousands of journals. Banaras Hindu University conducts national level undergraduate (UET) and postgraduate (PET) entrance tests for admissions. Admissions to B.Tech./B.Pharm., M.Tech./M.Pharm. are done through JEE and GATE respectively. Admission to MBA and MIBA are done through IIM-CAT score. Admissions for PhD are done on the basis of either qualification of National Eligibility Test (NET) by the candidates or through the scores of CRET (common research entrance test).