About Varanasi

The sacred Kashi of the texts, better known as Varanasi or Benaras is a town of more than one and a half million inhabitants. It is situated in the middle of the Gangetic plain nearly half-way between Delhi and Calcutta. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Mark Twain, an English author, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, wrote: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.City represents great and unbroken traditions of religious sanctity and learning. To be in Varanasi is an experience in itself and experience in self discovery … and ethereal oneness of the body and soul. To every visitor, Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges high banks, the temples and shrines, the ashrams and pavilions along the banks bathed in a golden hue… soul-stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense fill the air.

Varanasi is a city of traditional classical culture. No cultured visitor to Varanasi should fail to visit Sarnath which lies at a distance of a few miles to the north of the city. If Varanasi is one of the holiest places for the Hindus, Sarnath is the same to the Buddhists. It was here that Buddha preached his gospel for the first time in 532 B. C. The archaeological finds at Rajghat, on the northern outskirts of the present Varanasi, bear witness to the continued existence of the town at least as far back as the IX century B. C., but the town must be much older. It is also the city of education having 4 universities including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and other prestigious universities.

In short, Varanasi is the city which cannot be explained in few words: It’s an oldest of all the cities, It’s a city of temples, It’s a city of food, It’s a city of streets, It’s a city of tradition, It’s a city of cultures, It’s a centre of moksha, It’s a center of knowledge, It’s not only a city…… It is much more than that.

Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

Department of Physics (formerly Department of Applied Physics, IT, BHU / Applied Physics Section, 1968) established in 1985, is a center of excellence for quality research and teaching in Physics & Applied Physics. Faculties of the department have been pursuing front line research in various areas and in collaboration with prestigious national and international institutes. The department also offers an excellent research programme in the field of Space Science, Solar Physics, Plasma Physics, Fibre Optics, Photonics & Optoelectronics, Condensed Matter & Materials Physics, Energy Studies, Remote Sensing, Bio-Physics and Nano-Technology. Department’s vision is to promote new ideas and innovations in physical sciences. Our mission is to offer world class education, research guidance and also leadership in physical sciences. Our aim is to become a high ranking in Physics Department globally in terms of teaching quality, research contributions and academic leadership.