In the Temple of Learning: The Cultural and Academic Atmosphere of BHU

Leah Renold

in A Hindu Education

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195674835
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081493 | DOI:
In the Temple of Learning: The Cultural and Academic Atmosphere of BHU

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This chapter studies how BHU culturally defined itself as Hindu, namely through clothing, colour, architecture, time, and lifestyle. It investigates the academic and cultural atmosphere within the University. Next, it discusses how the University has embraced modernity, which can be seen in the popularity of certain courses, the curriculum, and the disregard for religious courses, such as theology and oriental learning. It notes that the proof of a diverse intellectual environment in BHU is in the material production of the school. It presents several samples of the students' work in history, Hindu-Muslim relations, and nationalism, and considers the concept of a women's college within the BHU. It shows that the women's college is separated from the rest of the campus, and that there are different codes of conduct.

Keywords: academic atmosphere; cultural atmosphere; modernity; popular courses; intellectual environment; material production; women's college

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