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BHU, Reliance deny any proposal to make Nita Ambani visiting faculty

No such proposal was placed before any official of the university, the BHU said as Reliance rubbished the reports that agitated some students

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An internal proposal of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to make Reliance Industries Executive Director and wife of industrialist Mukesh Ambani Nita a visiting professor led to protests on campus again early this morning. Some 40 odd students of the prestigious university in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, had staged a demonstration outside the house of BHU Vice-Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar yesterday. Reliance Industries has said Nita Ambani, 57, has not received any such invitation.

Local reports gave a fillip to rumours of an ‘official’ proposal to make Nita Ambani a visiting professor last Friday — while it was an idea floated at the BHU’s Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, a source from which said the proposer’s idea was to get for the university.

However, Nita Ambani or Reliance have nothing to do with the proposal, officials said. A professor, meeting the protesting students, said the proposal was mooted without the involvement of Ambani. “She has nothing to do with this proposal and the letter has been written internally,” the professor said.

A press note issued by the BHU today made it clearer that there was no proposal to make Nita Ambani a visiting faculty in any department of the university. No such proposal had been placed before any concerned official within the university either, the BHU said authoritatively.

Responding to the reports, Reliance Industries Limited spokesperson told agency ANI: “Reports that Nita Ambani will be a visiting lecturer at Banaras Hindu University are fake. She hasn’t received an invitation.”

Earlier, university sources had said the idea was to have Ms Ambani and other influential women leaders interact with students, especially women, at the university. In an interview to agency PTI, Nidhi Sharma, coordinator of the committee that mooted the proposal, said the proposal to make Nita Ambani a visiting professor has been sent to the authorities at the university. “Nita Ambani is a entrepreneur. If she joins our centre, the women of Purvanchal will get the benefit of her experience,” Ms Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI.

However, several students have opposed the idea. Shubham Tiwari, one of the students involved in Tuesday’s protest, told that instead of Ms Ambani, those who have set an example of women empowerment should be invited.

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