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The life and work of Dr. Annie Besant, the great nationalist leader, a pioneer in the field of women's education and the first President of the Theosophical Society ( Indian Section) inspired Dr. Rohit Mehta, a renowned thinker and a frontline theosophist to found Vasant Kanya Mahavidyalaya. The institution, right from its inception (10th July 1954) has pursued the motto Education as Service and strengthened the cause of women's education with utmost dedication.

Our Founder-Dr. Rohit Mehta

College has assimilated the cherished Theosophical ideal of Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, colour have also strengthened. All this has gone to establish its identity and its goals and objectives lie contained in the vision statement of the founder:


"Our endeavour in the V.K.M. was to link up education with culture. While seeing that the higher standards at the academic end are maintained we felt that the girls should inspire the finest cultural traditions of the land…. Our educational effort was to synthesise full freedom with total sense of responsibility."

Run by Besant Education Fellowship and situated in the precincts of the Theosophical Society, V. K. M is affiliated to Banaras Hindu University, the glorious temple of learning created by Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya. As it has been admitted to the privileges of Banaras Hindu University V.K.M. implements the syllabus provided by Banaras Hindu University upholding the ideals and vision of Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya on the one hand and lays distinct stress on specific set of curricular and extra mural activities continuously being managed and monitored at the institutional level for the promotion of the philosophy of Annie Besant on the other. This confluence of great ideas enriches the entire profile of the college. It aims at imparting education of holistic nature which empowers different dimensions of students' personality. They grow both inwardly as individuals and also as responsible citizens able to serve the community.

Our Founder Principal-Smt. Leela Sharma

V.K.M. feels indebted to its first principal Smt. Leela Sharma who along with her sisters had responded to the call of Mahatma Gandhi to join the 1942 Movement. Later during the post Independence days when she joined V.K.M, Leela ji infused her strong nationalistic fervour into her young students to make them better Indians. Her unsurpassable sense of selfless dedication and commitment nourished the tender roots of the college and gradually chiselled it into an institution which attracted students not only from Varanasi but also from other states of India as well. During the seventies girls from Mauritius and Thailand also came to study in V.K.M.

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