The BHU appointed its first woman chief proctor, Royona Singh, on Thursday. Her predecessor resigned on the grounds of taking full moral responsibility for the recent violence on the campus against the female students.
The chief proctor’s appointment was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi following the resignation of O N Singh.
“Royana Singh, an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Science (Anatomy Department), has been appointed as the Chief Proctor,” a senior BHU official said.
“She is the first woman in varsity’s history to hold the post and also heads the women grievance cell of the university,” the official said.
The university also issued a press release confirming her appointment after Singh quit the post, taking moral responsibility for the unrest on the campus.
Expressing her displeasure on the whole incident, Royana Singh said she has “zero-tolerance” towards eve-teasing and she was “away when the incident took place”. “I was away when the incident took place. I have zero-tolerance towards such acts and will ensure nothing of this sort is repeated on campus,” she said.
During the protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident which took a violent turn, many students, including women, and two journalists were injured in lathi-charge by the police in BHU.
Meanwhile, BHU vice-chancellor Tripathi has visited the hostel and held talks with students. He also accepted various demands of the students over their security concerns which include round-the-clock security, CCTV network, proper checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards among other issues.
Moreover, their demands also include making security personnel accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, proper CCTV network, checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards and setting up of a gender sensitisation panel.
Girl students at BHU have been protesting against alleged gender bias in norms apart from demanding round-the-clock security.
On a temporary basis Professor M K Singh, of the BHU Medical College, was given interim charge of the post of chief proctor on Wednesday after the resignation of the previous proctor O N Singh and before appointing Royona Singh.
An internal four-page report by the former chief proctor and the university vice-chancellor had called the alleged act of molestation an incident of “eve-teasing”.