About University Sports Council

Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith is a Public University located in Varanasi or Benaras, Uttar Pradesh, India. Established in 1921 as Kashi Vidyapith and later renamed. it is administered under the state legislature of the government of Uttar Pradesh. The university has more than 350+ affiliated colleges spread over six Districts(Varanasi,Chandauli, Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Ballia). It is one of the largest State Universities in Uttar Pradesh, with hundreds of thousands of students, both rural and urban. It offers a range of Professional and Academic courses in Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Computing, Management and Sports (Physical Education). Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidypeeth has earned B+ status from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

University Sports Council was established in 1967 and at the beginning it had three posts of coaches which was later on converted to Instructor (Physical Education). The first three faculty members of this council were Mr. Raja Ram Dubey, Mr. Vijay Narayan Giri, & Mr. Kishori Lal.


Shri. Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and Shri. Bhagwan Das established the University in Varanasi, on 10 February 1921, during the non-cooperation movement of the freedom struggle. Originally named Kashi Vidyapith, the university was renamed Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith in 1995. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

Inspired by Gandhi's call for self-reliance and Swaraj (self-rule), the Kashi Vidyapith was the first modern University organised by Indians in British India. The University, along with contemporaries such as the Jamia Millia Islamia and the Gujarat Vidyapith, were outside the control and support of British authorities, supported and managed entirely by Indian Nationalists and Educationalists. Attracting young Indians from across the country, its faculty included prominent nationalists and scholars such as Shri. Acharya Narendra Dev, Shri. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Shri. Jivatram Kripalani, Shri. Babu Shriprakash and Shri. Babu Sampurnanand. Gandhi and Indian Nationalists encouraged Indians to boycott British-run Institutions in favour of Institutions managed entirely by Indians. Many prominent Indian industrialists and politicians provided financial and administrative support to the university.