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Commanding views of Ramnagar Fort, Janana Pravaha is a prominent center of cultural studies in Varanasi. The center, located close to the ghats of Ganges and Benaras Hindu University, aims at building a bridge for international cultural exchange and a deeper meaningful journey through the rich Indian cultural background. The campus, adorned in lush green with lawns and gardens, has excellent facilities like conference centers, a library, amphitheater and a museum. Regular hosting of cultural events and seminars also attracts a lot of attention in the cultural scene of the ancient city of Varanasi.
Ramnagar, culturally alive like the olden days, seats the Ramnagar Fort, which is the residence of the King of Kashi (Kashi Naresh). The city exudes the nostalgic silence of the glorious past through the stunning architecture of the renowned Fort. Ramnagar colorfully adorns on major festival days; Ramlila being the most prominent. The Fort houses a museum which has a stunning collection of artifacts that portrays the cultural richness of the region. The place also has a few temples like Vyasa Temple, Durga Temple and Chinmastika Temple. A few restaurants also can be seen around the area. A famous delicacy from the region is the 'Ramnagar Lassi' (A Sweet Preparation of Yoghurt) which is served in earthen cups - Shiv-Prasad Lassi Bhandar is recommended to try. Do visit Ramnagar for a dose of history and culture.
The Department of Electrical Engineering is part of the Institute of Technology in the Banaras Hindu University. Founded in 1919, it is one of the oldest educational institutions that contributed to the field of Electrical Engineering. The institute offers courses in B. Tech, IDD and M. Tech. As it is part of the BHU, its standard and quality of education is outstanding as is its faculty. For further details about the courses offered or any other information, do visit the website.
Imparting quality in agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Sciences has 11 departments that covers broad aspects of the field. Excellent facilities coupled with experienced teaching faculties make this a premier institute in the country. The research facilities are top class with a vast farm reserve in the main campus and two other farms in different campuses. The institute is proactively involved in government initiatives to promote agriculture and has ties with major organizations in the country. Another highlight of the institute is the constant interactions with farmers that proves to be an exchange of practical knowledge to students and scientific know-how to farmers. Contributing vastly to India's agricultural progress, this institute is a landmark center inside the University campus.
In existence from 1971, Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University is a premier institution of higher studies in the field of technology. The institute has varied departments for applied sciences, engineering and inter-disciplinary studies. A comprehensive library along with excellent sports and cultural facilities make the institute one of the best in the country. Located right next to it is the Institute of Agricultural Sciences.
Sitarist duo of Pandit Shivnath Mishra and Deobrat Mishra (Father and Son) hold a prominent position in the musical tradition of Varanasi. The internationally acclaimed artists established the Academy of Indian Classical Music in Varanasi to promote and train their Gharana (the system of classical music that marks a particular style). The mission of the institute is to find talents irrespective of geographical, social and financial barriers and nurture them into world-class musicians. Providing scholarships and residence to students, the academy is particularly inclined to the traditional Guru-Shishya (Teacher-Student) relationship. Classes are conducted in vocals, sitar and tabla. Do visit the academy - even if not to join a class, talking to Deobrat Mishra, an unassuming and extremely considerate artist, will throw light into the vast depth and potential of Indian classical music.
A shelter for homeless, helpless, and sick, this charity house is a memoir of Mother Teresa. The place accepts volunteers from all walks of life, and lot of travelers visit the place for its noble cause and want to be part of the social work. Missionaries of Charity House is located at the historic Shivala Ghat, which has a Shiva temple with marvelous architecture. The visiting times vary and do make sure to visit this establishment that has a global acclaim.
Responsible for the water needs of the city, Varanasi Jal Sansthan is a conspicuous sight in Bhelupura. The complex houses the office of the Water Department and a sightly large reservoir. The humongous construction will catch the eye and the attractive red paint will make you move closer. Mostly to be enjoyed from the street, the facility has strict restrictions and prior permission is required for a visit inside. Nearby is the Bengali Inter College and Bhelupura Police Station.