Situated in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, Banasthali University or Banasthali Vidyapeeth is one of apex institutions of the country, focused towards promoting higher education for women. The university believes in a holistic approach to education – offering graduate, post-graduate and doctoral programs on it all-women campus. on offer in various streams.
Here are 5 things you must know about Banasthali University:
The love for Khadi:
Well, for love or for rules, you ought to wear only Khadi in the campus and even in your hostel. Though you can exercise your own individual clothing choices in your rooms, common spaces like the hostel mess, classes and around the campus. you need to wear Khadi kurtas to the hostel mess, classes, and around campus.
Khadi uniforms are also compulsory for Wednesdays and Sundays. The idea largely is to bring the focus on shaping one’s mind and career, bringing in a sense of uniformity and more. But it’s worth the sacrifice so no complaints!
For the university, the weekend isn’t the weekend actually. For, instead of Sundays, Tuesday is the off day here. But from another point of view – it’s a very logical decision taken by the concerned authorities.
Given that the university is at quite a distance from the main city, a single weekend would go in the commute itself. A weekday off provides employees and students with a chance to cut down on this time and get their own needs sorted on what is a working day for everyone else. Odd but surely well thought of!
Five Fold Activities:
The university education follows the “Panch Mukhi Siksha”. In simpler terms, it promotes holistic development from five points of view. It offers various co-curricular activities for the students to be chosen from, as a part of their semesters.
The activities include NSS, orchestra, horse riding, swimming, yoga, theatre, classical dance, FM radio, sports, athletics, flying, and much more. Diplomas are also available in selective fields.
As a university that imparts higher level education, the university is quite strict with its rule. Maybe that’s more because it’s an all-women university but that’s how it is. The students aren’t allowed to cross the boundaries of the university, not even till a stipulated timing in the evening.
Moreover, students are only allowed to leave for holidays when parents sign off letters and send them, which are to be approved by the Head of Department, Dean, and finally the Warden. It sure counts as a well deserved holiday after all that work!
A world in its own:
True that the students aren’t allowed to go out, but their needs are taken care of. The university has two markets within the campus known as the old market and the new market – meeting day-to-day needs. Another interesting fact, the Khadi sold in the shops here is made within the university, providing gainful employment to the local villages nearby.
Appreciative thought, we must say!
So, that was an all honest review of one of the much talked about but lesser known universities of India. Sure, there are restrictions and strict rules that one needs to follow but the academic excellence of the university is undoubted given the success stories that are frequently heard about its alumni!
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