VARANASI : Banaras Hindu University, an Institution of Eminence under the IoE initiative of the Education Ministry, Government of India, has introduced a new scholarship scheme to promote and motivate international students. The scheme “Scholarship to International Students”, also aims at attracting overseas students through this programme. Under the programme, foreign students will receive Rs. 6000 per month which will be renewed annually on the basis of satisfactory performance. In case a student is already getting a scholarship of lower value, he/she will be entitled to receive the difference. The decision to launch “Scholarship to International Students” was taken in the meeting of Governing Body of Institution of Eminence, BHU, under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain has said that getting BHU among the top universities of the world is what university fraternity must strive for. This scholarship programme is one of the several steps taken with an aim to realize this goal.  The university has constituted a three member committee for smooth implementation and monitoring of the scheme. All the applications under the scheme shall be submitted to the Institution of Eminence Cell of BHU.

Situated in the ancient city of Varanasi, which has been a symbol of knowledge, education and culture for centuries, Banaras Hindu University has a unique distinction of offering a vast range of programmes pertaining to all branches of humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, science, fine arts and performing arts, hence, making it truly the Capital of Knowledge. The university attracts hundreds of international students every year who take admission in various disciplines of Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Law, Commerce and Sciences in undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D. and Diploma courses. The total intake of foreign students is upto 15% of the total seats. These seats are of supernumerary nature. Currently 431 students from nearly 40 countries are enrolled in Banaras Hindu University. These include 261 male and 170 female students from United States, Brazil, France, Russia, Ireland, Australia, Yemen, Iran, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia among others. The scheme is expected to draw more international students to BHU. Besides, it is also in the spirit of National Education Policy 2020 which puts a greater focus on internationalization of the Indian Education System, by way of having more students from abroad in Indian campuses.