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  • Media stories declare Banaras Hindu College (BHU) has appointed Nita Ambani a visiting professor.
  • Reliance Industries Ltd. say Nita Ambani has not been provided any publish by the college.
  • College students say ladies empowerment icons like “Arunima Sinha, Bachendri Pal, Mary Kom or Kiran Bedi” needs to be appointed as a substitute.

NEW DEHLI: Controversy surrounded the Banaras Hindu College’s (BHU) determination to nominate Nita Ambani, spouse of billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani, as a visiting professor on the college’s Centre for Ladies’s Research and Growth.

A gaggle of 40 college students protested exterior the residence of BHU vice-chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar and in addition submitted a memorandum opposing the college’s transfer.

One of many protesting college students spoke to The Indian Categorical to say that the college ought to as a substitute invite ladies empowerment icons like “Arunima Sinha, Bachendri Pal, Mary Kom or Kiran Bedi” as a substitute of Ambani.

The proposal had been drafted by BHU’s Social Sciences School and was despatched to Reliance Basis, the place Nita Ambani is a chairperson and owner-founder.

An Indian newspaper reported that the varsity was mulling the names of Priti Adani, spouse of industrialist Gautam Adani, and Usha Mittal, spouse of metal tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, for the opposite two visiting professor positions on the centre.

In keeping with Indian newspaper Dainik Jagran, Ambani has given her verbal approval for the publish.

A spokesperson of Reliance Industries Ltd. spoke to information company ANI and mentioned Nita Ambani had not obtained any formal provide from the college.

Kaushal Kishore Mishra, the dean of the social sciences college, BHU, mentioned a letter had been despatched to the Reliance Basis asking Nita Ambani to affix the Ladies Research Centre as a visiting professor.

“We did this because the Reliance Foundation has done a lot of work in the field of women empowerment,” said the dean, according to a report.

BHU was founded in 1916 as India’s first private university by Madan Mohan Malaviya and two others. Today it is a central university.

Some folks took to Twitter to publish memes and concern sarcastic feedback on the information of Ambani’s alleged appointment as a visiting professor.

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