Just a few days back, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Girish Chandra Tripathi had said that he would prefer to resign from his post instead of going on a leave. However, he surprised everyone today when he went on leave. This move is just the opposite of what he has been saying all this time. Tripathi went on leave and he said that it is due to personal reasons. Although the government has not openly asked him to resign, experts said that Tripathi going on leave is most likely due to the pressure on him arising out of the recent protests and violence in the university. The situation has taken a political shape and already many people are criticizing the administration for their actions wherein the students were lathi-charged by the police.
Earlier, the government had given Tripathi the option to go on leave, since anyways he is set to retire in November this year. However, Tripathi was of the opinion that going on leave when just 2 months remain in his retirement would give a bad ending to his professional career. However, it seems that now the pressure has finally got to him, due to which he has gone on leave. Tripathi is being seen by many as the one who did not act in time and let the situation deteriorate in the university. If Tripathi had listened to the students’ demands, the matter would have been resolved and the huge controversy could be avoided.