Varanasi, Oct 4: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Registrar Neeraj Tripathi has been appointed as the Interim Vice-Chancellor after varsity’ Vice-Chancellor Girish Tripathi,who is scheduled to retire on November 30, went on an indefinite leave on Monday. The University opened on Tuesday after a week-long Dussehra break with half-empty classrooms, new CCTV cameras, quite corridors and a contingent of women security personnel.

According to the BHU Act, 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 vice- chancellor.

Girish Chandra Tripathi is under fire for his alleged mishandling of student protests last month. The development came amid indications from top HRD ministry sources that the central government was upset with the manner in which Girish Tripathi handled the entire episode, including a protest by women students of BHU following an incident of alleged harassment.

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 BHU, one of the 43 central universities in the country.

The ministry has already put out an advertisement inviting applications for the post of vice-chancellor.