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BHU's first woman proctor Royana Singh takes charge, says safety of students is her first priority

In a first, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Thursday appointed a woman as its chief proctor, media reports said. The appointment of Professor Royana Singh comes at a time when the university is under the scanner for compromising women's safety. She was appointed two days after the resignation of her predecessor ON Singh, following violent protests at the university campus. Royana is part of the anatomy department of the Institute of Medical Science.

Royana Singh, appointed the first female proctor of the Banaras Hindu University

Royana Singh, appointed the first female proctor of the Banaras Hindu University

According to media reports, Royana is the chairman of the Women's Grievance Cell of the BHU.

Speaking to media persons after her appointment was confirmed, she said safety and security of the students will be her primary concern. "Safety and security of students is first priority. We're here because of the students. The women come first, but everybody's safety is my main concern," she said.

She added that she wants to establish a "home-like atmosphere" for the students. "It's like a home away from home for many of us here, so the conditions should also be like the way they are at home. We want them to feel safe and strong here," she said.

"Thanks to the women's grievances cell, girls come to us and tell us things they otherwise wouldn't. I hope this would also lead to problems finding solutions at the root level," Royana added.

Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 19:55 PM

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