March 18, 2021: The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus turned chaotic on Tuesday when a group of BHU students opposed the institution’s proposal to appoint Reliance Industries executive director Nita Ambani as visiting professor.
Protests by BHU students
The university’s proposal to appoint and invite Nita Ambani, wife of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani, as its visiting professor, is being strictly protested as the students refuse to accept such personalities as their role model.
The BHU students have declined the thoughts and proposal of inviting personalities like Nita Ambani on their campus, as someone they should look up to and are considering it as a wrong example being set by the university faculties.
In protest against the university proposal, a group of more than 40 students protested outside the residence of Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar on the campus on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum.
BHU students oppose, three positions of visiting faculties vacant
Reportedly, the Social Sciences Department of BHU University had sent a proposal to the Reliance Foundation, in order to invite and appoint Nita Ambani to join them in their women study centre as a visiting faculty.
While one proposal was sent to Nita Ambani, the other two posts, which were vacant for the position of visiting faculties were to be sent to Usha Mittal (wife of Gautam Adani) and Priti Adani (wife of Lakshmi Mittal), since the women study centre of the Social Sciences Department has three posts for visiting professors and was set up almost 20 years earlier.
The BHU students have opposed to this university proposal of appointing Nita Ambani as their visiting professor.
Kaushal Kishore Mishra, who is the Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty, stated in an interview, “We do academic and research work related to women empowerment, along with graduation and post-graduation courses. Following the BHU tradition of involving philanthropic industrialists, we sent a letter to the Reliance Foundation asking Nita Ambani to join the Women Study Centre as a visiting professor so that we can benefit from her experience. We did this because the Reliance Foundation has done a lot of work in the field of women empowerment.”
Shubham Tiwari, who is the research scholar and is a student of the Social Sciences department of BHU, said, “We are setting up a wrong example. Being the wife of a rich person is not an achievement and these people cannot be our icons. If you talk about women empowerment, then invite icons like Arunima Sinha, Bachendri Pal, Mary Kom or Kiran Bedi.”