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Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Banaras Hindu University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Banaras Hindu University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Banaras Hindu University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Banaras Hindu University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Banaras Hindu University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Banaras Hindu University.

List is made up of graduates like Colin Turnbull and Jayant Narlikar.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Banaras Hindu University?” and “Which celebrities are Banaras Hindu University alumni?”
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Colin Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Anthropologist, Writer
Colin Macmillan Turnbull (November 23, 1924 – July 28, 1994) was a British-American anthropologist who came to public attention with the popular books The Forest People (on the Mbuti Pygmies of ...more
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Jayant Narlikar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Physicist, Cosmologist, Astronomer
Jayant Vishnu Narlikar (born 19 July 1938) is an Indian astrophysicist. He developed with Sir Fred Hoyle the conformal gravity theory, known as Hoyle–Narlikar theory. It synthesizes Albert ...more
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Robert M. Pirsig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Author, Writer, Philosopher
Robert Maynard Pirsig (; September 6, 1928 – April 24, 2017) was an American writer and philosopher. He was the author of the philosophical novels Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An ...more
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Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Scientist
Sir Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar OBE, FNI, FASc, FRS, FRIC, FInstP (21 February 1894 – 1 January 1955) was an Indian colloid chemist, academic and scientific administrator. The first ...more
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Bishweshwar Prasad Koira... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Politician
Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala (Nepali: विश्वेश्वरप्रसाद कोइराला; 8 September 1914 – 21 July 1982), commonly known as BP Koirala, was a Nepali politician and a prolific writer. He was the Prime ...more
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Harivanshrai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Radio producer, Poet, Translator
Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Hindu Awadhi Indian Srivastava Kayastha ...more
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Sandeep Pandey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Social activist
Sandeep Pandey (born 22 July 1965) is an Indian social activist. He co-founded Asha for Education with Dr. Deepak Gupta (presently Professor at IIT Kanpur) and V.J.P Srivastava while working on ...more
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Bhupen Hazarika is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Poet, Musician
Bhupen Hazarika (Assamese: [bʱupɛn ɦazɔɹika]) (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as ...more
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Koenraad Elst is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Journalist
Koenraad Elst (born 7 August 1959) is a right wing Hindutva activist. Known primarily for his support of the Out of India theory and for publication of anti-Islamic literature, Elst has been ...more
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Ahmad Hasan Dani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Curator
Ahmad Hasan Dani (Urdu: احمد حسن دانی) FRAS, SI, HI (20 June 1920 – 26 January 2009) was a Pakistani archaeologist, historian and linguist. He was an authority on Central Asian and South Asian ...more
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Ved Prakash Goyal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Ved Prakash Goyal Politician, Engineer
Ved Prakash Goyal (1926 – 17 December 2008) was an Indian politician and the Union Minister of shipping in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in India from 2001 to 2003. He was the treasurer of ...more
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C. N. R. Rao is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Chemist
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS, also known as C. N. R. Rao (born 30 June 1934), is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as ...more
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Kamala Shankar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Musician
Vidushi Dr.Kamala Shankar a renowned first lady Indian Classical Slide Guitar musician has enthralled the world through her immaculate and melodious rendition of Hindustani Classical music. ...more
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Kapila Vatsyayan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Politician, Actor, Writer
Kapila Vatsyayan is a leading Indian scholar of classical Indian dance, Indian art and Indian architecture and art historian. She was the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre ...more
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Lalji Singh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Lalji Singh Scientist
Lalji Singh FNA, FASc (5 July 1947 – 10 December 2017) was an Indian scientist who worked in the field of DNA fingerprinting technology in India, where he was popularly known as the "Father ...more
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Prakash Vir Shastri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Prakash Vir Shastri Politician
Prakash Vir Shastri (30 December 1923 – 23 November 1977) was a Member of the Parliament of India (Sansad) and was also a leader in the Arya Samaj movement.
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Jagjivan Ram is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Politician
Jagjivan Ram (5 April 1908 – 6 July 1986), known popularly as Babuji, was an Indian independence activist and politician from Bihar. He was instrumental in the foundation of the All-India ...more
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Jyoti Prasad Agarwala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Writer
Jyoti Prasad Agarwala (17 June 1903 – 17 January 1951) was a noted Assamese playwright, songwriter, poet, writer and film maker from Assam. He was considered as Assamese cultural icon, deeply ...more
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M. S. Golwalkar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
M. S. Golwalkar
Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (19 February 1906 – 5 June 1973) was the second Sarsanghchalak (or, "Supreme Leader") of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Golwalkar authored the books Bunch ...more
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Pulickel Ajayan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Professor, Scientist
Pulickel Madhavapanicker Ajayan, known as P. M. Ajayan, is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering at Rice University. He is the founding chair of Rice University's ...more
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K. N. Govindacharya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
K. N. Govindacharya Social activist
Kodipakam Neelameghacharya Govindacharya (born 2 May 1943) is a founder Bharat Vikas Snagm, Eternal Hindu Foundation and Rastriya Swabhiman Andolan, Formally Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ...more
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Satya Vrat Shastri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Poet, Writer
Satya Vrat Shastri (born 29 September 1930) is a highly decorated Sanskrit scholar, writer, grammarian and poet from India. He has written three Mahakavyas, three Khandakavyas, one ...more
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Shivmangal Singh Suman ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Shivmangal Singh Suman Academician, Poet, Writer
Shivmangal Singh 'Suman' (5 August 1915 – 27 November 2002) was a noted Hindi poet and academician. Upon his death, the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee said on 27 NOV 2002 in ...more
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Ramchandra Shukla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Ramchandra Shukla Writer
Ram Chandra Shukla (4 October 1884 – 2 February 1941), better known as Acharya Shukla, is regarded as the first codifier of the history of Hindi literature in a scientific system by using wide, ...more
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Krishan Kant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Banaras Hindu University Alumni
Politician, Scientist
Krishan Kant (28 February 1927 – 27 July 2002) was the tenth Vice President of India from 1997 until his death. Previously, he was Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 1990 to 1997.