Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which has been embroiled in a controversy, witnessed an unprecedented move. Seven women security guards have been appointed at the prestigious varsity, according to Hindustan Times report. This comes after controversy rocked the iconic academic institute following 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 BHU last month. First woman chief proctor of the central university Royana Singh said 28 more female security guards will be appointed to prevent any untoward incident, the report says. Earlier, District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra had suggested the administration to constitute the all-women squad.
On October 2, BHU Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, under fire for his alleged mishandling of student protests last month, had proceeded on indefinite leave citing personal reasons. Tripathi, who is scheduled to retire on November 30, has gone on “indefinite leave”, BHU officials said. The development comes amid indications from top HRD ministry sources 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, PTI reported.
However, HRD officials maintained that the ministry has not asked Tripathi to go on leave and it was a “personal decision”. According to norms, if the university head goes on leave, the Rector will act as the head and, in the Rector’s absence, the varsity Registrar will assume charge as the VC.
Tripathi had earlier said that the last violence was fanned by “rumour mongering” and “outsiders”. The varsity’s Chief Proctor O N Singh had also resigned, taking “moral responsibility” for the campus violence. His resignation had paved the way for the appointment of the first woman proctor at the university.
BHU, which was established in 1916, is one of the 43 central universities in the country.