Royona Singh was appointed the Chief Proctor of BHU, two days after the resignation of former Chief Proctor ON Singh; the reasons being the issue of women’s safety.
The 101 year old institution come under scanner when on 23 September a protest turned violent. A number of students including women and two journalists were injured in a baton charge by police.
Royona, an assistant professor at the Institution of Medical Science (Anatomy department), becomes the first women in the university’s history to hold the post of Chief Proctor. She is also the head of women’s grievance cell of the University.
Sticking to her words of stepping up the efforts to maintain a strong vigil on BHU’s campus, Royona Singh recently took rounds of the campus on bicycle. A handful of guards escorted her as she patrolled in the dark. She has also constituted a Quick Response Team (QRT) in order to ensure the safety of students in the campus premises. This team will include three security guards along with a driver, which will move throughout the campus to ensure the security and safety of students.
Royona took few other steps after the break out of the controversy last week which are trimming of trees, installing lights in dark areas and renovating the barricade near the women’s hostel.
Once appointed as the Chief Proctor, Royona has assured that her first and foremost priority will be the safety of students. She said, “We’re here because of the students. The women come first, but everybody’s safety is my main concern.”
Along with this, she has also assured that no restrictions over a dress code or over the consumption of alcohol will be imposed on the students of BHU.