BHU violence: Will resign, if asked to proceed on leave, says V-C Girish Tripathi

BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, whose tenure ends on November 30, also maintained that the HRD ministry has not directed him to proceed on a leave.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 28, 2017 8:05 pm
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Amid the controversy that has unfolded over the alleged sexual harassment of a student in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), varsity Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi on Thursday said that he will tender his resignation if he is asked to go on a leave.

Tripathi, whose tenure ends on November 30, also maintained that the HRD ministry has not directed him to proceed on a leave. “So far, nothing of this sort has been communicated to me. I have been in touch with the HRD Minister (Prakash Javadekar) right from the day of the incident and have briefed him about the situation as well as the measures taken. But if am I asked to go on leave, I will resign,” Tripathi said.

He justified his refusal to go on a leave, citing his contribution in improving the functioning of the varsity. “Having done so much, it will be insulting to go on leave two months before my tenure comes to end. I will prefer quitting,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Meanwhile, the routine process of shortlisting Tripathi’s successor has been initiated by the HRD ministry. The ministry officials, however, stated that the appointment of a new VC is completely “coincidental” to the timing of the unrest in the university. ALSO READ: BHU V-C nudged to go on leave as Govt sets ball rolling for successor

Last week, BHU witnessed a strong student agitation as students, most of them women, gathered outside the V-C’s residence to protest an alleged incident of sexual harassment on campus. Several women students were injured when the police allegedly used force to remove them.

In the wake of the incident, Tripathi had alleged that the violence was incited  by “rumour mongering” and “outsiders”. The university Proctor had resigned late Tuesday night taking “moral responsibility” for the violence on campus from September 21 to 23.

With PTI inputs

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  1. V
    Sep 29, 2017 at 5:46 am
    Do universities need acamedi can VCs? They are now expected to provide security and administration. Student politics is also increasing. Politicians creat law and order problem so that they may exploit the situation. What type of VC people want?
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      D. Patel
      Sep 29, 2017 at 4:04 am
      G.C. Tripathiji is a good VC. BHU is an ins ution one of its class genuinely secular thus all religions get the same treatment. The aim of BHU is to give the best possible education yet maintain our great Indian cultural values. The new chief proctor Professor Royana Singh is not too well educated, is also pseudo-westernized thus will corrupt the youth.
      1. K
        Sep 29, 2017 at 3:33 am
        Please do so at the earliest for we cannot live with your arrogance and incapability! How much effort would it take to replace bulbs on electric poles or erect new ones where it is dark, and is it not the responsibility of the authorities to rescue people in cases of distress? Should another Nirbhaya happen on the campus?
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          George Cruz
          Sep 29, 2017 at 3:22 am
          For decades the BHU has maintained the academic excellence and what the BHU V-C Girish Chandra Tripathi said "Some people with vested interests and ulterior motives have triggered this incident" and is very true. There are two types of students attending the BHU: The first kind of students got admission to the BHU on merit, hard working and dedicated students who could be the future leaders. The second kind of students are BHU based on quotas/reservations freeloaders who got into the and stay at the universities for decades like Kanhaiya Kumar wasting valuable university resources, not interested in the studies other than holding riots/protests and committing anti-national activities claiming democracy and individual freedom. These freeloaders have already brought down the JNU along with Kashmir separatist Sunni Jihadists.
          1. A
            Sep 29, 2017 at 2:39 am
            Arrogance like a BJP and RSS leader.
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