BHU-Sanskrit row: Prof. Khan applies for another post

LUCKNOW: The ongoing episode at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against the Jaipur-based professor by the students of Sanskrit Vidya Dharam Vigyan (SVDV) department may soon come to an end as another opening has emerged for Firoz Khan in other faculties of the same university.

According to The Indian Express reports, Professor Khan, who holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit has applied for the same post in the Ayurveda department at the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS).

Khan’s name was on the top of the list of meritorious candidates shortlisted for interview.

The list was uploaded on the BHU website on Friday night.

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Prof. Khan would resign from SVDV if in case he got selected in the November 29 interview.

BHU students protesting against the appointment called off their dharna on Friday evening. The students, however, said they will not attend classes or take examinations.

They have given 10-day time to the administration to accept their demands.

BHU was rocked by controversy after students started protesting on the grounds that he would not be able to teach ”karma kand” (rituals) since he was a non-Hindu.

The BHU administration had maintained all along that Khan’s appointment was according to rules set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and there was no question of removing him.

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In a strong show of support, RSS’s affiliate Samskrit Bharati has come out in support of Prof. Khan and urged the protesting students to go back to their classes.

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