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Acharya is a post-graduation course offered by Faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan of Banaras Hindu University. It is a two-year regular course offered at main campus of Banaras of University (BHU) and can be pursued after completing graduation by attending PET (Post Graduate Entrance Test) organized every year by Banaras Hindu University.
Peculiar objectives of the faculty is to remove prevailing misconceptions about astrology, tantras, religion and spirituality, in society and restore the sovereign values of religion and ethics for the upliftment of society and nation in general and individuals of the country in particular.
One can continue to do research in the same field or can be a Sanskrit teacher, shastra expert or domain of his choice. Scope of exploration is very high in religion and spirituality which becomes quite a promising career for students.
|Course Code||281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298|
|Faculty||Faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnana (SVDV)|
|University||Banaras Hindu University|
|Course Type||Regular (Full-time)|
|Course Duration||2 Years (4-semesters)|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Procedure of Admission||BHU-PET (Merit-based)|
|Number of Seats||437 (male & female)|
|Fees||Rs. 1696/- Per annum|
Every year in the month of January- February, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) offers application form for Acharya and conducts entrance test in May – June. New session commences from July after completion of counselling, document verification etc.
- Aspirants applying for Acharya must have completed their Shastri (Hons.)/Shastri under at least 10+2+3 pattern, in the respective subjects (studied in all the three years of graduation) with minimum of 50 per cent.
- Students appearing for the final year can also apply for the same on a provisional basis.
- Only passing marks are required for SC/ST candidates.
|Category||%age of Reservation|
|Scheduled Tribes (ST)||7.5|
|Scheduled Castes (SC)||15|
|Other Backward Classes (OBC)||27|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||10|
|Person with Disability (PwD)||85|
Procedure of admission
Information bulletins or application forms are not sold physically at University counters or anywhere else so candidates have to apply for this course by visiting the official website and filling up the online form.
Filling up of form
- Candidates have registered themselves for Online Application Form by creating a login I’d (email) and password on the official website.
- Then student have to complete the application form and its various sections where basic details are asked like caste, gender, nationality, address, graduation college, marks and other necessary details.
- Required documents such as photograph, thumb impression, signature etc. in the form of scanned images to be uploaded on form.
- At last payments has to be made through Debit / Credit Card / Net Banking or if they wish to pay it in cash through “Challan” in any branch of HDFC Bank.
Application Form Fee
|Category||Fees (In Rs.)|
|Exam Mode||Online (CBT)|
|Exam Type||Multip[le Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Duration||120 min (2-hours)|
|Marking Scheme||For each correct answer: +3 marks
For Each incorrect answer: -1 marks
|Number of Questions||120|
|Language||English & Hindi|
Counselling and Admission
Once after completion of entrance examination BHU announces cut-off marks for various categories and invites them for counselling where documents are verified too. Call letter is made available to candidates only in online mode. No physical call letter is dispatched through post on given address. So students are advised to keep themselves updated on their portal for every update. Eligible applicants who participate in counselling with valid documents (transfer certificate, migration, character certificate, PET admit card, call letter, marksheet of matriculation, inter, graduation, cast certificate, if applicable etc. ) get admission by paying a sum of fees on prescribed date. One can pay the course fee online or offline (in BHU campus) as per their convenience.
At the same time allocation of hostel will be made on the basis of merit index (rank/number scored in entrance), and the distance of residence of the candidate.
All this process of admission sum up in the month of July and the session begins from August.
Faculty of SVDV offers a wide range of courses and combination of subjects which a student can choose as per their interest and get specialization into it. The curriculum is structured in a way which gives promotion to Sanskrit and impart traditional knowledge through text, thoughts and teaching. Chief goal for offering different courses is to preserve and encourage ancient Indian Shasta, Vedas and culture.
There are the following courses proffered under various departments.
|Department of Veda|| Acharaya in Shukla Yajurveda
Acharaya in Krishna Yajurveda
Acharaya in Samveda
Acharaya in Rigveda
|Department of Vyakarana||Acharaya in Vyakarana|
|Department of Sahitya||Acharaya in Sahitya|
|Department of Jyotish|| Acharaya in Jyotish (Ganit)
Acharaya in Jyotish (Falit)
|Department of Dharmagama|| Aaraya in Dharm Vijinan
Acharaya in Agam Tantra
|Department of Dharmashastra & Mimansa||Acharaya in Dharmashastra
Acharaya in Mimansa
|Department of Jain & Baudha Darshan|| Acharaya in Jain Darshan
Acharaya in Baudha Darshan
|Department of Vedanta|| Acharaya in Vedanta
Acharaya in Puranetihas
Acharaya in Sankhyayoga
Acharaya in Prachin Nyaya
Acharaya in Nyaya Vaisheshika
The faculties of every department hold the title of professor along with the associate and assistant professors for smooth functioning of teaching and training activities. All of them have several years of experience in their domain and has won Vyas Rashtrapati Samman, Rashtrapati Puraskar, Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan Award, Patanjali Award, and many other prestigious honours like this on national and international levels. The professors also have their written books and Panchang which facilitates students studying there in particular and public in general.
- On completion of Acharya, scope and opportunities are wide open for students.
- One can continue their further studies by doing research work in the same domain known as Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) or they also can cognize special six months – 2-year diploma course.
- But if students don’t want to carry on with their academics then, in the field of ancient cultures of India, literature, mythology, Puja recitation, worship, infinite possible opportunities are open for a Acharya pass-out students.
- This is a field where the concept of job, business, profit is overlooked by faith, reverence, devotion, so anyone posing such traits then the world is for him.
Some of the promising activities one can do in the field are –
- Religious teacher
- Messenger of peace
- Shashtra/Ved expert
- Sanskrit teacher
- Religion promoter
Other than this, there is a need of Acharya in the Indian Army, so vacancies are open in that field too. A huge demand for priests and religious teachers are seen in foreign countries. So one can move to abroad for earning of livelihood.