A proposal to appoint Reliance Industries Executive Director Nita Ambani as a visiting professor at the prestigious Banaras Hindu University has led to protests at the campus. Around 40 students of the university in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi staged a demonstration outside the house of BHU Vice Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar on Tuesday. Reliance Industries Limited, however, has said Ms 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, however, 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. The idea, sources say, is to have Ms Ambani and other influential women leaders interact with students, especially women, at the university.
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