Vasanta College for Women is one of the oldest colleges of Varanasi (estd. 1913), admitted to the privileges of Banaras Hindu University and runs under the aegis of Krishnamurti Foundation India, a world renowned foundation devoted to the cause of education. The college is recognized by UGC under section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act, 1956. Students from various states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi and North East India benefit from the educational facilities provided by the college. The current student strength is more than 2500.
The college incessantly serves the students with knowledge of Arts, Social Sciences, Education and Commerce along with proper emphasis on Indian culture and literature. The college runs UG Courses in nineteen subjects and PG Courses in eleven subjects as well as Ph.D. Program. The college also offers Certificate/Diploma & Advance Diploma Courses under UGC Career Oriented Courses and BHU Special Course of Studies.
The college solemnizes the confluence of visionary ideals and objectives of Dr. Annie Besant, Shri JidduKrishnamurti and Bharat Ratna Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya. Maintaining its rich legacy for more than a hundred years, the college provides an opportunity to young women for quality higher education and aims to work for an inclusive society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all. Enabling women to enjoy equal opportunities in professional and public fields, the college envisions women as leaders and aims to nurture educated, confident and empowered women enriched by the love of learning. The college strives to work in an atmosphere where there is no fear, no authority, only love, affection and a healthy relationship, which is the core of Krishnamurti’s philosophy.
The College continues to fulfil the vision of its founder Dr. Annie Besant that reflects the commitment of this Institution towards women education as the cornerstone for making a strong and vibrant India as she said, “Educational advance among women is the only means to social reforms… the treasure of philosophy, literature, science, art must be thrown open to her as to men. …Women’s wisdom as well as men’s is needed to dig deeply and build strongly the foundations of the New India.” Based on J. Krishnamurti’s teachings who believes that “Education is freedom from conditioning” (J Krishnamurti, The Whole Movement of Life is Learning), the college remains committed to developing creative and critical thinking, nurturing innovation and excellence through education with a focus on the holistic growth of the students and enable them to deal with life and challenges with humanistic approach and fearlessly.