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Hoardings appear in Varanasi before the visit of Union HRD Minister

 

Varanasi: The city on Thursday witnessed hoardings demanding action against the vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University for alleged partiality done to Hindi speaking students, just ahead of the visit of union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

These hoardings were placed by the Hindi speaking students in different areas including Lanka, Maldahiya and Ravindrapuri on Wednesday night. The visit of the union minister was scheduled on Thursday for laying  the foundation of students activity centre, boys hostel and faculty residential block at IIT (BHU).

 

The students alleged the partiality is being done to the Hindi speaking candidates in the interviews for the teaching position. A fellow of BHU Dr Karn Kumar Singh, who had also faced an interview for the post of assistant professor at the department of Ancient Indian History and Culture & Archaeology in the first week of January, said that he was asked to speak in English only in the interview.

The hoardings had also appeared in the city January 17 during the international alumni meet of BHU. The controversy began after an interview for the post of assistant professor at the department of Ancient Indian History and Culture & Archaeology. It was alleged that partiality was done with the Hindi speaking candidates in the interview, and they were suggested to learn English to qualify.

Earlier, some students had also staged demonstration on January 4 and submitted a memorandum to the office of registrar alleging that the Hindi speaking candidates were misbehaved and discouraged to take part in the interview. However, the BHU spokesperson Rajesh Singh denied the allegation and said that the interview was conducted as per the prescribed norms. He said no candidate was misbehaved or any partiality was done to them.

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