Controversy Engulfs BHU: Shobhana Nerlikar, Head of Department’s Conduct Under Scrutiny

Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of India’s premier educational institutions, finds itself embroiled in controversy following a viral video showcasing Shobhana Nerlikar, the Head of the Department of Journalism in the Faculty of Arts, engaging in inappropriate behavior. The incident has raised concerns about the conduct of a senior faculty member and the prevailing atmosphere at the university.

In the video, which has been widely shared on social media platforms, Nerlikar can be seen using abusive language and behaving disrespectfully towards a student who was showing his footwear. As the head of the department, her conduct has attracted significant attention and criticism from both the student community and the general public.

A viral video exposes BHU’s Head of Department engaged in misconduct and using abusive language, supported by thorough investigative reports.

Furthermore, allegations have emerged suggesting that Nerlikar has been selectively targeting upper-caste students and filing SC/ST (Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes) cases against them, resulting in their incarceration. These claims have intensified the controversy and prompted a broader discussion about the ideological composition of BHU.

Founded a century ago by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya with the aim of nurturing Hindu students’ knowledge of Hindu culture, traditions, and fostering their overall development, BHU has been accused of being taken over by political factions such as Ambedkarites, Islamists, and leftists. Critics argue that these groups have allegedly propagated a toxic atmosphere on campus, promoting divisive ideologies and hindering the institution’s original vision.

The incident involving Nerlikar has sparked debates on freedom of expression, professionalism among faculty members, and the need for a balanced educational environment. Several students and faculty members have voiced their concerns, demanding an impartial investigation into the allegations and appropriate disciplinary action if required.

Department of Journalism in Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Department of Journalism, Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

The BHU administration has taken note of the situation and assured that a thorough inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the veracity of the allegations. In a statement, the university administration emphasized its commitment to upholding the principles of academic integrity, inclusivity, and fairness.

As the controversy unfolds, it is hoped that the investigation will shed light on the incident and address the broader issues related to campus conduct, ideological diversity, and the preservation of BHU’s founding principles. The outcome of this inquiry will play a crucial role in restoring faith in the institution and ensuring a conducive environment for learning and growth for all students at BHU.


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