VARANASI — The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) students’ protest entered its 14th day on Wednesday against the appointment of a Muslim Professor, Feroz Khan in the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan of the university.
Despite the BHU administration’s clarification that the appointment of professor Feroz Khan is in accordance with the prescribed norms and there is no question of his removal, students refuse to give up and continue protest insisting on their demand.
The administration of BHU continues to maintain its stand.
In a statement, BHU administration said, “The idea behind the establishment of the university was to contribute in nation-building by providing equal opportunity of study and teaching to all deserving people without any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, gender and sect,” reports IANS.
The statement also said that Khan’s appointment was a unanimous decision made by a selection committee under a transparent process.
Professor Feroz Khan, on the other hand, felt ‘insulted’ by the incident and said that he would have never applied for the job if the university had mentioned in the advertisement that they did not want a Muslim.
Students sitting on dharna have resorted reciting Hanuman Chalisa to underline their opposition to a Muslim faculty member. The stubborn attitude of the students clearly shows how communal bent of mind is nourishing in the university which is also against the ethics of educational institutions in a secular country.
Leading the protest since November 7, Chakrapani Ojha, a student leader said: “The appointment of a Muslim faculty member has hurt the sentiments of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya who established the BHU. This appointment has been made as part of a conspiracy. The entire process, including the interview, was rigged in favour of Feroz Khan. The stone inscription installed in BHU clearly states that no non-Hindu can either study or teach in our department. Then why was a Muslim professor appointed in the faculty?”
However, the university spokesman Rajesh Singh said that there is no stone inscription on the premises that says non-Hindus cannot study or teach in BHU, according to report.
According to IANS another student leader, said, “In this department, there are no teachers, all are our gurus. Everyone keeps a ‘choti’ on their head, we touch their feet and participate in ‘havan’ which is a regular ritual. If a Muslim professor is accorded a place in the department, then he will not be able to perform rituals and teach us our dharma.”
Amid the deadlock no classes were being held in the Sanskrit department, said Umakant Chaturvedi, the head of the department in the university.
It is also learnt there are some faculty members who are encouraging protest and provoking students,
( With agency inputs)