HRD ministry to soon begin search for BHU V-C’s successor amid row: Report
Banaras Hindu University vice chancellor GC Tripathi has been “nudged” over the option of “going on leave” before his term ends in November, the Indian Express reported.india Updated: Sep 28, 2017 12:16 IST
The HRD ministry has moved a file to form a panel in search of BHU vice chancellor GC Tripathi’s successor, ruling out an extension for him amid a row over a police crackdown on students, according to the Indian Express.
The report also said Tripathi was “nudged” over the option of “going on leave”.
Students, mostly women, were cane-charged on Saturday night while they were protesting the university’s alleged inaction over a reported molestation on the campus last Thursday. The police crackdown triggered a nationwide condemnation and several political parties hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party government for the action.
“In what rules out an extension for Tripathi, the ministry has moved a file to constitute the search and election committee for finding his successor. According to the BHU Act, the incumbent V-C will continue in the post unless a new one is appointed,” the Indian Express report said.
Tripathi earlier denied that police baton-charged women students and said they only used force to drive away anti-social elements, who hurled stones and vandalised the campus. He also dubbed the incident of sexual harassment as part of a larger conspiracy to instigate women students against him.
The Indian Express report quoted sources as saying the ministry wants to identify a successor before Tripathi’s retirement on November 27.
If the vice chancellor goes on leave before his term ends, then, according to the BHU Act, his duties will be performed by the Rector until an appointment has been made.
The BHU Act says: “If the office of the Vice-Chancellor becomes vacant the functions of his office shall, until some person is appointed under sub-section (1) to the vacant office, be performed by the Rector. Provided that if there is no Rector, the Registrar shall carry on the current duties of the Vice-Chancellor and call a meeting of the Executive Council forthwith and take its directions for the carrying on of the work of the University.”
Meanwhile, Mahendra Kumar Singh, the head of the department of ophthalmology, has been given the additional charge of chief proctor after ON Singh resigned from the post, taking moral responsibility for the incident of violence the campus.
University spokesperson Rajesh Singh said that Tripathi has accepted the resignation of Singh and appointed Mahendra Singh in his place.
ON Singh was the first official to be approached by the woman student, who was sexually harassed on campus.