BHU Muslim Prof Resigns Following Protests, to Join Another Faculty

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Professor Feroz Khan was appointed on November 7 to teach Sanskrit in Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vijnan (SVDV) faculty of Banaras Hindu University.

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LUCKNOW — A Muslim professor, who was appointed on November 7 to teach Sanskrit in Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vijnan (SVDV) faculty of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), finally reported to have resigned on Monday following month-long adamant protests by some students of the faculty.

The protesting students continued to oppose the appointment of the Muslim professor Feroz Khan despite statements issued by the varsity that his appointment was as per rules and indicated that their demands to remove him would not be met.

The students argue that a professor, who is not Hindu by faith cannot teach them Sanskrit, while the University administration backed his appointment as it was a unanimous decision made by a selection committee under a transparent process.

Now, according to reports, Professor Feroz Khan is set to join the Sanskrit department in the faculty of arts.

The BHU officials, however, are yet to make an official announcement in this regard.

Students of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vigyan department opposed the decision of appointment of Feroz Khan as an assistant professor as they were convinced that a non-Hindu teacher cannot teach religious rituals in the Sanskrit faculty.

The Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vigyan department has been a point of contention between the BHU administration and the students for more than a month.

 

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