Banaras Hindu University, formerly Central Hindu College, is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1916 by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, BHU is the largest residential university in Asia, with over 35,000 students.The university's main campus spread over 1300acre was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh, the hereditary ruler of Banaras . The Banaras Hindu University, South campus, spread over 2700acre, hosts the Krishi Vigyan Kendra and is located in Barkachha in Mirzapur district, about 60km from Banaras. The University is also planning to set up a campus in Bihar.BHU is organised into 6 institutes and 14 faculties and about 140 departments. Total student enrollment at the university exceeds 30000, and includes students from over 34 nations. It has over 75 hostels for resident students. Several of its colleges, including engineering, management, science, linguistics, journalism & mass communication, performing arts, law, agriculture, medicine and Institute of Environment And Sustainable Development The university's engineering institute was designated an Indian Institutes of Technology in June 2012.