Lucknow, September 27: Professor Royana Singh from Medical Science Institute has been appointed as the new Chief Proctor of the Banaras Hindu University. She will be the first women Chief Proctor of the university.
The development took place after BHU’s Chief Proctor Professor ON Singh resigned from his post on Wednesday, taking “moral responsibility” for the violence on the campus. Singh had submitted his resignation to Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi on Tuesday night was accepted immediately, officials said.
A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent. An inquiry has been ordered into the violence on the campus.
The violence had erupted on the campus around last weekend after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice-chancellor at his residence.
The protesting students were demanding round-the-clock security, making security personnel accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, CCTV network and proper checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards and setting up of a gender sensitisation panel.
An FIR was also lodged against 1,000 BHU students and several were asked to vacate hostels.
Earlier on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police (DG) Uttar Pradesh and the BHU Vice-Chancellor seeking a detailed report on the matter and submit his response within four weeks.
The NHRC, in its statement, said, “Suo motu cognisance taken in the subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by UP police.”
With inputs from Agencies