Varanasi: A proposal to appoint Reliance Industries Executive Nita Ambani as the visiting professor to the Prestigious Banaras Hindu University has led to a protest by a small group of students.
Around 40 students of the university staged a demonstration outside the house of BHU Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar and submitted a memorandum on Tuesday.
Kaushal Kishore Mishra, dean of the Social Sciences faculty, said, “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.”
A professor was sent to talk to the protesting student- he was seen saying that the proposal was raised without the involvement of Ms. Ambani.
Research scholar Shubham Tiwari, who was among the protesting students, said that the step would set a wrong example.
Responding to the issues, Reliance Industries Limited however claims Ms. Ambani has not received any such invitation for being the guest professor and it’s fake. ANI quoted Reliance industries.