BHU to offer scholarship to first year MBBS students; check details
Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is set to introduce a brand-new scholarship program for first-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students. The primary objective of this initiative is to provide financial support to meritorious individuals, particularly those hailing from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Successful candidates will be awarded Rs 25,000 as part of this scholarship. The underlying idea is to assist and empower deserving students who aspire to pursue a career in medicine by alleviating their financial burdens.
The generous donation for this scholarship has been made under the recently launched Pratidana scheme. This scheme aims to enhance students' access to resources, bolster research infrastructure, and create an enriching teaching and learning environment within the university. The brainchild of BHU Vice-Chancellor Sudhir Kumar Jain, the Pratidana initiative has received a significant contribution of Rs 5 lakh from Dr. Ramesh Chandra Gupta, former head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at IT-BHU (now IIT BHU). An official notice released by BHU confirms that the scholarship has been named the "Dr. Bhoj Raj Varma and Smt. Shanti Varma Memorial Scholarship" in honor of Gupta's close relatives.
Furthermore, BHU recently received a donation of Rs 10 lakh to establish two scholarships for Master of Arts (MA) Hindi candidates based on merit-cum-means criteria. One male candidate and one female student will be selected for the MA Hindi scholarship. These scholarships, named after Late Pt Ganga Ratan Pandey and his wife Jagrani Pandey, were generously donated by their sons, Arun Pandey and Prakash Pandey, as a tribute to their parents. Pt Ganga Ratan Pandey was an alumnus of BHU, having completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from the esteemed institution. During his pursuit of MA Hindi in 1942, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the Quit India Movement. Ratan Pandey was a devoted follower of the renowned educational reformer and politician, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. In order to raise funds for the university, Ratan Pandey actively participated in various fundraising events. Additionally, he made significant contributions to Hindi literature as a writer, with a diverse portfolio including short story collections, poetry, drama, historical fiction, and songs. Ratan Pandey also translated numerous books on subjects such as political science, international affairs, and education.
These scholarships serve as a testament to the BHU community's commitment to providing opportunities and support to talented individuals, enabling them to achieve their academic and professional aspirations. Through these initiatives, BHU aims to create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment while honoring the contributions of notable individuals who have shaped the institution's legacy.