Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, one of the top Institutions of Eminence in the country recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, was created by an Act of Parliament – BHU Act 1915 and founded by the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, along with a group of other luminaries, in 1916. The university comprises 5 Institutes, 16 Faculties (streams) 140 Departments, 4 inter-disciplinary centers, a constituent college for women and 3 constituent schools. It covers a vast range of subjects pertaining to all branches of humanities, social science, technology, medicine, science, fine arts and performing arts. 40,000 students from diverse backgrounds are enrolled here. About 2000 teachers and nearly 7000 non-teaching staff are part of the University. Students from as many as 48 countries also come to study here. The university has taken a leadership role in promoting new ideas, the spirit of integration of the world and cultivate intellect and culture.