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About Varanasi

Varanasi is the oldest holy city in India, situated on the banks of river Ganges. It is a place of great historical and cultural importance and the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Alive with its tradition, it has always been a place of learning since millennia. The antiquity of the city has been aptly described by Mark Twain as "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than even legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Varanasi is well connected by Air, Rail and by Road to all other major cities in India. Participants can reach BHU from the nearby Railway station namely Varanasi JN/ Cantonment. The nearest airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport, with direct connectivity from all major cities of India. The weather in Varanasi is very pleasant in early November, with temperature ranging between 20-25 °C (day) and 17-20 °C (night)
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About Banaras Hindu University


The Banaras Hindu University, an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi, was established in 1916 by the great visionary Bharat Ratna Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya ji. This renowned university has a long and glorified history in all aspects of education, culture, wisdom and humanity, epitomizing a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern scientific temper. Perhaps this is the only University in the world, where courses ranging from nursery up to doctoral and post-doctoral degrees are pursued within a campus. It is one of the largest residential universities in Asia and has two independent campuses. The university houses 5 Institutes, 16 Faculties, 140 Departments, 8 Centers, 1 Constituent College, 2 Inter-disciplinary Schools, 4 Affiliated Colleges and 3 Schools. Based on the quality of academic and research output, quality of faculty, infrastructure and placement opportunities, this university has been rated amongst top-five Indian universities by various agencies time and again.

About the Department


The Department of Geology, BHU is one of the oldest Earth Science departments in the country. Teaching and research in Geology in the full-fledged department started in 1923 under the leadership of late Prof. Krishna Kumar Mathur. In its long and rich history, the department has produced many stalwarts and eminent scholars serving various organizations, universities, institutes and industries in top capacities at national and international levels. This department is unique in having graduate and post-graduate teaching and research in almost all branches of Geology. With recognition in the national and international arena for its path breaking researches in geological sciences, the Department has been elevated to a Centre of Advanced Study in 2010.


The laboratories in the Department are well equipped with sophisticated state of art instrumental facilities to support high quality teaching and research. The Micropaleontology and Oceanography & Marine Geology laboratories established by Prof. M. S. Srinivasan and his dedicated team of students produced eminent scientists occupying prestigious positions in universities, institutes and industries. Members of the research group have been participating in various national and international programs on ocean studies including the latest phase of ocean drilling, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).