Royana Singh; Banaras Hindu University's First Women Chief Proctor

Royana Singh; Banaras Hindu University's First Women Chief Proctor

Prof Royana Singh has been named to the post just a day after vice-chancellor G C Tripathi appointed Dr Mahendra Kumar Singh, dean of student welfare, to temporarily handle the charge after incumbent O N Singh had left under a cloud. Girls face eve teasing and groping on campus regularly. Under his "earn while learn" scheme, the VC also announced that senior physical education girl students will be appointment as women security personnel in the campus.

Banaras Hindu University witnessed the molestation of a 19-year-old inside the campus on 21 September by three men on a motorbike who had their way with the student while the guards, who were seated about 100 metres from the scene of the crime, did nothing. Nonetheless, the process to find a new vice chancellor for the university has already been initiated since Tripathi's tenure will end on November 30.

The vice-chancellor, meanwhile, rubbished reports of him being asked to proceed on leave. "But if am I asked to go on leave, I will resign", he told PTI.

"So far, nothing of that sort has been communicated to me". The students had plans to meet HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to submit a memorandum. "Having done so much, it will be insulting to go on leave two months before my tenure comes to an end. I will prefer quitting", he asserted. Royana Singh as its first woman chief proctor.

Speaking to media persons after her appointment was confirmed, she said safety and security of the students will be her primary concern. She's a prof in the anatomy department of the BHU Institute of Medical Science.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi is back in Varanasi and is believed to have met a number of the aggrieved students who rampaged through campus last week. "After the meeting, we were going to meet the Prime Minister, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from our constituency, at his residence when we were stopped", said Mr. Patel, who is the convenor of the joint action committee of the university.



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