Neeraj Tripathi will be the officiating vice-chancellor as an additional responsibility till a new vice-chancellor is appointed.
The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Registrar Neeraj Tripathi was appointed as Interim Vice-Chancellor of the University on Wednesday. This came after current incumbent Girish Chandra Tripathi who was under fire for his alleged mishandling of student protests last month, goes on indefinite leave two months before his tenure comes to an end. Girish Tripathi is scheduled to retire on November 30 and he went on leave yesterday citing personal reasons. Neeraj Tripathi will be the officiating vice-chancellor as an additional responsibility till a new vice-chancellor is appointed. According to sources, Girish Chandra Tripathi has handed over the charge to the Registrar, reported PTI.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Wednesday that the university has received Girish Chandra Tripathi’s application and has confirmed that he is on indefinite leave. It is mentioned that if the university head goes on leave, as per the BHU Act, the Rector will act as the head and in the Rector’s absence, the varsity Registrar will assume charge as vice-chancellor, reported PTI.
It was reported that Girish went on leave after the top HRD Ministry sources indicated that the central government was upset with the manner in which he handled the entire episode, including a protest by women students of BHU following an incident of alleged harassment, reported PTI.
BHU is one of the 43 central universities in the country. Last month, a number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police after a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent in the university. Meanwhile, the ministry has already put out an advertisement inviting applications for the post of vice-chancellor.