Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Lalji Singh on Friday completed his three-year term and handed over the charge to Registrar Prof Vinay Kumar Singh amid protests by a group of students and teaching staff.
Prof Singh, who will be the acting V-C until the university appoints a permanent V-C, faced protest over various alleged irregularities.
Chairperson (Press, Publication and Publicity Cell) Prof Ravi Pratap Singh, however, asserted that some students are trying to create an issue out of nothing.
He spoke of the outgoing V-C as someone “never interested in pomp and show” when asked about the university not holding any farewell programme.
According to a statement issued by the BHU, Prof Singh’s appointment as the acting V-C was cleared by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on Thursday.
The outgoing V-C, Dr Singh, a BHU alumnus, has had an eventful stint at his alma mater, dealing with the issues of discipline on the campus, besides being involved in a face-off with National Commission of Scheduled Castes Chairman P L Punia, which saw the Dr Singh approaching the Allahabad High Court. The court had ruled in the V-C’s favour.
Recently, an HRD ministry team had visited BHU following allegations of financial irregularities. “The committee has completed its inquiry although we do not know the content of the report,” said Prof Ravi Pratap Singh.
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