After the protest, BHU allows free treatment to students

After the protest, BHU allows free treatment to students

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VARANASI: Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar has allowed free OPD registration for students for treatment in the university hospital, following aggressive protest from the students.

The Chancellor also issued a statement stating that it was unfortunate and painful that his remarks were inaccurate.

Large-scale protests started on the campus over VC’s remarks after an audio clip of a telephone conversation between him and a student went viral.

Students belonging to Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) demonstrated at various places on campus demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor.

In the audio clip, Bhatnagar was heard saying, “Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya has planted many mango trees on the campus. If he had planted a few trees for money, we would have given everything for free.”

V-C had stated that due to lack of funds it was not possible to give free treatment to the students.

He further stated that the annual electricity bill of the university is Rs 66 crore, while the money provided by the UGC is only Rs 60 crore.

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