Amid the controversy that has unfolded over the sexual harassment of a student in the Banaras Hindu University Campus last Saturday, reports suggest that Vice Chancellor GC Tripathi has been asked to go on leave by the HRD ministry. Search for a new VC has been set into motion.
Sources quoted by Indian Express said, "A file with six names will be sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan in the next few days, from which the President will appoint three nominees to the search and selection committee. The V-C's post will also be advertised soon."
Tripathi is set to retire on November 27. Clearly, the VC's comments after the allegations of sexual harassment on campus has made the government uncomfortable.
A probe by the Varanasi divisional commissioner was also blamed Tripathi for the violence on campus.
Tripathi, since the girl's complaint, has dismissed the allegation over and over again. He has also blamed the girl for roaming around late at night. Thing went from bad to worse when students protesting inaction over the incident were lathicharged inside campus.