Banaras Hindu University introduces four-year undergraduate program starting 2024-25


Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has announced the introduction of a four-year undergraduate program from 2024-25. The program will be available in two formats: UG Honors and UG Honors with Research.

This innovative academic structure is designed to offer students a comprehensive and flexible educational experience, focusing on holistic development and preparing them for professional challenges. According to BHU officials, the UG Honors with Research option will be exclusively available to the top 10 per cent of students who achieve a CGPA of 7.5 or above, ensuring that the selection process is merit-based.

The introduction of these programs is expected to significantly impact students’ career paths, particularly those completing UG Honors with Research, as they will become eligible for PhD programs directly, bypassing the need for a postgraduate degree. The flexibility in choosing minor courses across a wide range of disciplines aims to foster a multidisciplinary approach to higher education.

In addition to the specialised courses, BHU has emphasised the importance of a well-rounded education. Thus, all undergraduate students must earn credits in multidisciplinary courses, skill enhancement, ability enhancement, value-added courses, and internships. Those enrolled in the honours with research program will also undertake a dissertation in their final semester, further enhancing their research and analytical skills.

The university has decided to retain its five-year BA LLB course offered by the Faculty of Law and certain skill enhancement professional programs at the South Campus, as specific regulatory bodies govern these and, therefore, are not subject to the changes under NEP.

In a related development, BHU’s council has approved a policy to offer hostel facilities only to students who maintain at least 70 per cent attendance in their classes. This decision underscores the university’s commitment to encouraging academic diligence and participation.

Departments across BHU are currently reviewing their course offerings to align with the new programs and implement these transformative educational opportunities effectively. This initiative marks a significant step towards realising the goals of NEP 2020, aiming to enrich the academic landscape of India and equip students with the skills and knowledge required for the global professional arena.

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