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Cambodian Students at BHU, Asia's Largest Campus

Click the screen above to watch the video recorded in 2011.

BHU Campus, Varanasi (UP) India *Filmed about 40% of the entire campus

1. Entrance Gate and BHU Founder Statue
2. Road toward Cambodian Flat and IHC
3. M.A. Sociology Class
4. Central Library
5. Faculty Buildings
6. Vishwanath Temple
7. Women's College
8. Sir Sunderlal Hospital : IMS
9. Lanka Market in Front of BHU

Cambodian Students at BHU

Many Cambodian students have been studying in BHU, Varanasi. A number of Cambodian students are increasing every year, from the first fifteen Buddhist students in 2005 to twenty-seven in 2009, some of us are scholarship holders and other self-financing ones. Due to this notably increasing number of Cambodian students, Cambodian Students' Association in Varanasi (CSAVNS) has been successfully established by anonymous agreement of all Cambodian students in Varanasi, one of the oldest, holy cities in India, having its first meeting on August 14, 2009.

CSANVS is a non-profit organisation of majority of Cambodian Buddhist monks and lay students and it does not work for and/or trend to any political parties in Cambodia and India.

It has been composed out of twenty-seven members–twenty-five Buddhist monks and two laypeople–who have been studying in various courses in Banaras Hindu University (popularly known as BHU). CSAVNS first President, Ven. Pra Maha Songkram “Chanarob”, has been voted for with majority voice of members present and voting and so has been the Vice President, Ven. I Sokhon “Paññāpadipo”.

CSA has come into existent by crucial initiation made by Ven. Pra Maha Songkram, CSA’s first elected President. His chief aim is to promote oneness feeling and brotherhood among Cambodian students from different parts of Cambodia attending different courses in universities in Varanasi, India.

On the other hand, CSA has been working as Cambodian ambassador to spread out, and share the value of, Cambodian culture, tradition and civilisation to the international community, and to bring about a close relationship with Indian as well as foreign students.

Moreover, CSA has been established to help reduce some difficulties in monthly expenditure, and to promote the common interest of all members by fundraising programmes.

We also promote more Cambodian students for higher education in India by providing substantial information for admission process and consultancy to admission seekers. As a result, for the coming year 2010-2011, about ten students have applied for various courses in BHU and other universities in Varanasi, excluding scholarship holding students.

Till date, BHU has maintained its position of receiving most Cambodian students in comparison to other universities in India. Over years, many Cambodian students graduated from this university. Notably, in 2013, Seven Cambodian Students Graduating during the 95th Convocation of the Banaras Hindu University. Subsequently, in 2018, during its celebration of the 100th Convocation, one Cambodian monk-student, Bhante Heng Piseth had been awarded 'B.H.U. Medal for securing First Position at M.A. Indian Philosophy & Religion, Examination 2015'. A long with him, there were many other Cambodian students who were graduating from BHU.

One among them was Mr Lun Chamnan, former monk, who was awarded Ph.D in Public Administration. Since the fall of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, he is the second Cambodian student to receive Ph.D degree from this prestigious university after Ven. Sambo Panha (2016).  It is a pride for Cambodia and their great success also brings the shine to Cambodia.

It is noteworthy that, in the 1960s and 70s, BHU was also popular among Cambodian students and scholars. Some prominent Cambodian scholars graduated from this university such as Mea John (VOA's retired broadcaster), Dr Ly Kim Long and Ven. Dr Kong Chhean.

From left: Ven. [unknown], Ven. Yoeun Kalyan, Nuon Thearith, Lun Chamnan and Cheav Vannak on BHU Convocation Day, November 22, 2018.

About BHU

Banaras Hindu University (BHU), earlier Central Hindu College, is an open focal college situated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It was set up in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malaviya. With more than 30,000 understudies dwelling in grounds, it guarantees the title of biggest private college in Asia.

The college's principle grounds spread more than 1,300 sections of land (5.3 km2) was based ashore gave by the Kashi Naresh, the inherited leader of Banaras ("Kashi" being an elective name for Banaras or Varanasi). The Banaras Hindu University, South grounds, spread more than 2,700 sections of land (11 km2), has the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agriculture Science Center) and is situated in Barkachha in Mirzapur locale, around 60 km (37 mi) from Banaras. The University is likewise wanting to set up a grounds in Bihar.

BHU is sorted out into 6 establishments and 14 resources (streams) and around 140 offices. Starting at 2017, the all out understudy enlistment at the college is 27,359 originating from 48 nations. It has more than 75 lodgings for occupant understudies. A few of its resources and organizations incorporate expressions (FA-BHU), designing (IIT-BHU), the board (IMSt.- BHU), science (I.Sc. - BHU), performing expressions, law, horticulture (IAS-BHU), prescription (IMS-BHU) and Institute of Environment And Sustainable Development (IESD-BHU) alongside divisions of semantics, news-casting and mass correspondence, among others. The college's building organization was assigned an Indian Institutes of Technology in June 2012.

BHU commended its century year in 2015-2016. The Centenary Year Celebration Cell composed different projects including social projects, feasts and rivalries and Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya Birth Anniversary on 25 December 2015.

Academic faculties of the university include:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Ayurveda
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Performing Arts
  • Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan Sankaya
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Visual Arts

BHU research centres include:

  • DBT Centre of Genetic Disorders
  • Center for Environmental Science and Technology
  • Nano science and Technology Center
  • Hydrogen Energy Center
  • UGC Advanced Immunodiagnostic Training and Research Center
  • Centre for Experimental Medicine and Surgery
  • Center for Women's Studies and Development (CWSD)
  • Center for the Study of Nepal (CNS)
  • Malviya Center for Peace Research (MCPR)
  • Center for Rural Integrated Development (CIRD)
  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)
  • DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences
Library system

The Banaras Hindu University Library framework was set up from an assortment gave by P.K. Telang in the memory of his dad Justice Kashinath Trimbak Telang in 1917. The assortment was housed in the Telang Hall of the Central Hindu College, Kamachha. In 1921, the library was moved to the Central Hall of the Arts College (presently the Faculty of Arts).

The present Central Library of BHU was set up with a gift from Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda. Upon his arrival from the First Round Table Conference, Gaekwad needed a library based on the example of the British Library and its understanding room, which was then situated in the British Museum. On Malviya's proposal, he made the gift to assemble the library on the BHU grounds.

The Gaekwad Library is an assigned Manuscript Conservation Center (MCC) of the National Mission for Manuscripts, built up in 2003.

By 1931, the library had manufactured an assortment of around 60,000 volumes. The pattern of gift of individual and family assortment to the library proceeded as late as the 1940s with the outcome that it has special bits of rarities of books and diaries going back to the eighteenth century.

Starting at 2011, the BHU Library System comprised of the Central Library and 3 Institute Libraries, 8 Faculty Libraries and more than 25 Departmental Libraries, with an assortment of in any event 1.3 million volumes. The computerized library is accessible to understudies and staff and gives online access to a huge number of diaries, other than access to huge assortments of online assets through the National Informatics Center's DELNET and UGC's INFLIBNET.
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