Homage to Mahamana Malaviya

February 11, 2010

Visionary Educationist Mahamana Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji

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Banaras Hindu University is a tribute to the vast vision, indomitable spirit and unflagging zeal of our founding father Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji. It is a monument to his selfless service in the cause of Indian education.

Mahamana dreamt of creating an ideal scheme of education which would serve the cause of nation building, rise above narrow sectarian interests, combine the best in western scientific methods with all that is good and great in our culture and promote a “broad liberation of mind and religious spirit”. Every alumnus who passes through the portals of this great institution carries these seeds of the timeless vision of Mahamana with him.

The Indian intellectual tradition of truly international universities like Takshila, Nalanda and Vikramshila goes back thousands of years in time.

Globalization as we now name it is not an alien concept to our culture. Our seers had this vision of the world as a family even when geographical distance was a formidable barrier to communication. The Indian consciousness has always perceived the world as one family (olq/kSo dqVqEcde). The hallmark of the Indian vision of education has been openness and acceptance of noble thoughts from all directions while at the same time sending out its own message to the world. As Swami Vivekananda said “Like the gentle dew that falls unseen and unheard and yet brings into blossom the fairest of roses, has been the contribution of India to the thought of the world. Silent, unperceived, yet omnipotent in its effect, it has revolutionized the thought of the world yet nobody knows when it did so.”

Malaviya Ji who epitomized Indian values gifted the world with a unique model of integrated, harmonious and balanced education in the shape of Banaras Hindu University. The motto of Banaras Hindu University, “fo|;k·e`re’uqrs” (The end of all knowledge is the attainment of immortality) eloquently reflects the premium placed on education in our ancient culture.

The scheme of education proposed by Mahamana assumes renewed significance today when higher education is facing challenges as never before. It is widely accepted that higher education is the basic building block in the creation of an inclusive, equitable and diverse knowledge society. As the final communique adopted at the end of World Conference on Higher Education (2009) emphasizes “higher education must pursue the goals of equity, relevance and quality simultaneously.” This is particularly true in today’s world where knowledge is gradually emerging as the primary production resource which will determine development or lack of it.

The new realities of 21st century have given birth to a host of complex issues and challenges in higher education like internationalization, privatization, quality assurance, governance, fostering of research and innovation, competition for scarce human and financial resources etc. The Indian higher education system cannot afford to insulate itself from these changes. At the same time it should be able to meet the expectations and challenges of an increasingly globalizing world without endangering local culture and values. Every care should be taken to ensure that the objectives of higher education do not become subservient to the forces of the market. The unmet needs of higher education demand a paradigm shift in approach, while keeping in mind the parameters of access, equity, quality, relevance and right values. Thus, it is obvious that higher education policy will have to reconcile diverse objectives- the short term aims with long term goals, the traditional wisdom with modern innovative thinking and scientific rationality with religiosity and faith.

Banaras Hindu University is striving in the direction of proposing a model of higher education which would address the challenges of globalization without compromising on national priorities or Indian values. This model of education would conform to the four pillars of education identified by the Delors Commission i.e. learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be.

Banaras Hindu University is uniquely placed to undertake this exercise because it symbolizes the Indian heritage of acceptance and integration while at the same time preserving our unique identity. As the scientist seer Sir J.C. Bose observed in his homage on the 70th birth anniversary of Mahamana, “The Hindu University will always be a monument of the faith which inspired Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya in his life long work for founding the great centre of learning at Benaras for the advancement of world’s knowledge. To be organic and vital, the university must stand primarily for self expression and for winning for India her true place in the Intellectual Federation of Nations”. These immortal words are as true for the Banaras Hindu University in particular and the higher education system in general today as they were more than three quarters of a century ago.

Dr Padmini Ravindra Nath
Associate Professor in Economics
Mahila Mahavidyalaya
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221005 (India)

Tel :+91-542-231 4466
Mob:+91-983 999 1109


1 Comment »

  1. It was Raja Sir Rampal Singh Saheb, K.C.I.E. (Born on 6 Aug 1867) from Kurri Sudauli and not from Kalakankar. ■Sir raja ram pal singh – ruler of kurri sudauli state in raebareily,was the first bains ruler to get the title of (KCIE) from the queen, and then the title of Sir. He was one of the founder,s of udai pratap college and Benaras Hindu university.
    “Soon after his return from Calcutta he was offered the editorship of the Hindi weekly, the Hindustan, on Rs. 200/- a month by Raja Rampal Singh, an enlightened Taluqdar of Oudh who formed a high opinion of Malaviya ji after listening to his Calcutta speech. Malaviya ji accepted the offer and edited the paper from July 1887 to the end of 1889, during which period it was converted into a daily.
    Raja Rampal Singh continued to give him Rs. 100/- per month even after he left the paper and became a lawyer. The advice of Hume, Pandit Ajodhya Nath, Raja Rampal Singh and others, he began to study law in 1889 and passed the LL. B. examination in 1891.”

    Comment by Yash Vardhan Singh Sohagpur — July 25, 2011 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

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