Allahabad University professor Girish Chandra Tripathi has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University for a period of three years, days after clash between students and police on the campus, and subsequent violence.
Acting V-C Rajiv Sangal, on the last day in office on Monday, suspended 17 students, including Rahul Raj, the son of state tourism minister Om Prakash Singh. Suspended professors Vinay Kumar Singh and A K Joshi, who resigned as chief proctor, following violence on the campus last week, have been served showcause notices.
Meanwhile, the minister visited the district jail and met the students, who have been put under judicial custody for alleged their role in the violence. “All the students (over a hundred) are being released. The minister had met the students in the jail,” said Ashish Tiwari, jail superintendent. Talking to reporters, Om Prakash Singh blamed the district administration and BHU officials for the situation.
A four-member inquiry team, led by law faculty Prof D P Verma, has been constituted to look into the conduct of the suspended students and teachers, and submit a report by December 12.
A new Proctorial Board, led by Chief Proctor Prof Satyendra Singh, was also constituted by the outgoing acting V-C.
A professor in the Economic Department of the Allahabad University, Prof Tripathi, is president of the Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) and the Allahabad University Teachers’ Association (AUTA). He is said to have an RSS link, though he does not hold any post in the organistaion.
Prof Tripathi’s specialises is economics of industry, industrial relations and monetary economics. He could not be reached for comments on the development despite repeated efforts.
The violence on campus had begun on November 20 when student leaders, demanding restoration of the students’ union, blocked the main gate of the varsity. One vehicle was torched by the students and they had barged into the office of the V-C, besides damaging property outside it.
On November 21, the situation worsened with clashes between students of Broacha hostel and Birla hostel over the issue. The was complete lawlessness on the campus for three hours before the situation was brought under control.
Earlier, the VC had tried to hold elections to the students’ council by November-end. However, student organisations backed by political parties continued to insist on the demand for restoring the students’ union, despite not much popular support for the same in the varsity.