The Bharat Ratna conferred upon Banaras Hindu University (BHU) founder and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya was put on display at university’s Malaviya Bhawan Tuesday. The BHU is currently celebrating 100th anniversary of its inception.
Malaviya, was Monday posthumously conferred with the country’s highest civilian award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Malaviya’s family members, who received the award, handed it over to BHU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Girish Chandra Tripathi, on Tuesday.
As teachers and students celebrated its arrival, Tripathi said having got the responsibility of keeping the Bharat Ratna within its premises, it was incumbent upon BHU not to only preserve it, but also take up the challenge of being the number one educational institution in the world.
The V-C said BHU was, in essence, Malaviya’s child. And, as per tradition, the child keeps the legacy of his father. He said it was the first Bharat Ratna to be kept in a public institution for all to see and get inspired.
Earlier, Tripathi, who reached Varanasi with the Bharat Ratna medallion and the citation around 10.45 am, offered prayers at Malaviya’s statue at the main gate.