This Article is From Mar 17, 2021

Nita Ambani As Visiting Faculty? BHU, Reliance Say No As Students Protest

Local media reports say a proposal to make Ms Ambani a visiting professor was put forth last Friday at the BHU's Centre for Women's Studies and Development.

Nita Ambani As Visiting Faculty? BHU, Reliance Say No As Students Protest

Nita Ambani is Reliance Industries's Executive Director. (File)

Lucknow/ Varanasi:

An internal proposal of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to appoint Reliance Industries Executive Director Nita Ambani as a visiting professor has led to protests on campus. Around 40 students of the prestigious university in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi staged a demonstration outside the house of BHU Vice Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar on Tuesday. Reliance Industries has said Nita Ambani, 57, has not received any such invitation

Local media reports say a proposal to make Ms. Ambani a visiting professor was put forth internally last Friday at the BHU's Centre for Women's Studies and Development.

Nita Ambani or Reliance have nothing to do with the proposal, said officials. A professor - sent to meet the protesting students - was filmed saying the proposal was mooted without the involvement of Ms Ambani. " she has nothing to do with this proposal , the letter has been written internally" , the professor is heard saying.

A press note issued by the BHU on Wednesday said there was no proposal to make Nita Ambani a visiting faculty at any department of the university and no such proposal had been placed before any concerned official within the university too

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

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A BHU professor talks to protesting students.

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 news 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 woman 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 PTI that instead of Ms Ambani, those who have set an example of women empowerment should be invited.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)