The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on 28 September 2017 appointed Royana Singh as the first woman Chief Proctor of the institution. The appointment was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi.
Royana would be succeeding O.N. Singh, who resigned on 26 September taking "moral responsibility" for the recent incidents of violence on students inside the premises of the university.
Prior to this appointment, Royana served as an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Science (Anatomy Department).
Besides being the first woman ever to hold the post in the university’s history, Royana also heads the university’s women grievance cell.
Speaking on her new responsibility, Singh said she has a zero-tolerance approach towards eve-teasing and will ensure nothing of the sort is repeated on campus. “I will be in touch with wardens and teachers and wardens will be told to constantly interact with students so that we get to know of a problem at the start. But there is no gender discrimination on campus. I can say this with certainty,” she was quoted saying.
A number of students, including women, were injured in a baton-charge by the police in BHU where a protest organised against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.
Girl students at BHU have been protesting alleging gender bias in norms and demanding round-the-clock security, making security personnel accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, CCTV network, proper checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards and setting up of a gender sensitisation panel.
Who: Royana Singh
When: 28 September 2017