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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Massive protest was staged by students of India’s Banaras Hindu University, who were up in arms against the administration, over a Muslim teacher’s appointment to teach Sanskrit. Traditionally, Hindus are known for teaching Sanskrit and most of the Hindu religious texts were originally written in Sanskrit.  

    Netizens, including celebrities, took to Twitter to express disappointment over students of India’s leading university celebrating the resignation of a Muslim Assistant Professor from the Faculty of Sanskrit on Tuesday.

    Appointed as an assistant professor in the Literature Department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (SVDV) of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Assistant Professor Feroze Khan resigned after a month-long protest against his selection, an official said on Tuesday.

    The students in a video can be seen sharing sweets and dancing over the exit of the teacher whom they termed as ineligible to teach the subject because he was a Muslim.

    ​From calling it a blot on the education system of India to saying that the university doesn’t deserve him, #FirozeKhan started trending on Twitter with over 1,500 tweets.

    Indian actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted on the issue and actress Richa Chadha said that the university lost a qualified teacher.

    ​Twitter users extending sympathies to the “qualified” teacher and derided the students celebrating the resignation of the Muslim professor.

    While the resignation drew strong criticism towards students that were against Khan’s appointment, there were some who justified it.

    ​The university administration has credited Firoze Khan as a “stellar” teacher who was appointed as per the norms and guidelines of the university.

    Meanwhile, reports said that an assistant professor Shantilal Salvi, who came out in support of the teacher, claimed to have been attacked by a group of students who were against Khan’s recruitment. He had openly spoken against the kind of treatment being meted out to Feroze Khan.


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