Banaras Hindu University, one of the nation’s premier educational institutions doesn’t allow their female students to have non-veg food or use the internet on campus. Girls are even banned from using mobile phones after 9 p.m. and their curfew is at 8.pm. Boys do not have any such restrictions except a more relaxed curfew. This discriminatory practice came to light after a few members of the Rajya Sabha including Ali Anwar Ansari (JDU) expressed their concern over the “high-handed” attitude towards students.
The Central University also allegedly forces students to submit an affidavit at the time of admission stating they will not resort to holding protests or agitations in the campus. When students protested against the shutting down of a cyber-library, nine of them, mostly OBCs and Dalits were expelled. Incidentally, BHU also registered the highest number of caste-based complaints among central universities.
Ansari who brought up these issues during Zero Hour during a Rajya Sabha session also brought up the suspension of 15 students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who were protesting against the Phd admissions being based on performance interviews only.
BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Tripathi who had earlier said, ”Girls who study at night are immoral” has also made his links to RSS very clear by saying the government belongs to the Hindu nationalist organisation.
In 2016, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) issued a notification stating that universities imposing ‘discriminatory’ rules like dress codes and hostel curfews on the pretext of women’s safety would lead to a withdrawal of recognition from them.