BHU VC Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar expressed regret over the controversial remarks on Bharat Ratna Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya. After the students’ protests, BHU Vice-chancellor came on the backfoot and issued a press release and clarified the matter. BHU Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar said that if my statement about Mahamana has misunderstood by anyone and if it hurt his/her feelings, it is very unfortunate and painful. I apologize for it.
BHU VC has expressed the sorrow in view of the increasing opposition after commenting on Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya. Along with this, BHU Vice-Chancellor Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar said that Mahamana is revered for me.
In a press release issued by BHU, Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar said, “Banaras Hindu University is my workplace and I am working with full honesty and devotion to serve it. Mahamana Malaviya is my inspiration and I follow his ideals and values. Mahamana is revered for us. ‘
Statement of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar
What was the matter?
During a phone conversation with a student, BHU Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar said, “if Mahamana Ji had sow some plants of money, we would have set everything free.” The BHU Vice-Chancellor further said that the UGC allot a budget of Rs 60 crore for the year and the university’s electricity bill for the one year is Rs 66 crore. Vice-Chancellor Rajesh Bhatnagar reportedly said that if you ask the government to make the budget 70 crores, then we will waive the fees incurred on students in the Sir Sunderlal Hospital.
In Banaras Hindu University’s Sir Sunderlal Hospital, students were provided with free health and check-up facilities. After the lockdown in the COVID-19 era, the university administration banned the facility given to students. Now university students are having to deduct Rs 20 for OPD medical consultation in the hospital, which is constantly opposed by the students. Students were continuously opposing this decision by BHU administration.
Announced free healthcare facility
Apart from regretting the controversial remarks on Mahamana, Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar has also said to provide free health facilities to the students. He said that OPD open registration for students has been made free by the university. Information related to this will be uploaded on the official website.