Sandeep Pandey has been working brilliantly in the field of education for which he has been awarded the prestigious Magsaysay Award. He is popularly known for his inclination towards the ideologies of Gandhi.
Pandey has been teaching as a guest teacher in IIT-BHU since 2.5 years. He has been told to stop taking his lectures by BHU authorities. Pandey told Catch news that IIT- BHU’s director was pressurised by BHU’s Vice Chancellor- Girish Chandra Tripathi to remove Pandey from faculty of the university. He further stated that his contract at IIT, BHU Varanasi as a visiting faculty has prematurely ended after teaching there for 2.5 years due to a decision of Board of Governors. In a recent Board meeting the Vice Chancellor of BHU, who was made the Chairman of IIT BoG by Minister of HRD, GoI, bypassing the panel of five names recommended by a resolution of BoG, Prof. G.C. Tripathi, and Dean of Faculty Affairs, IIT, BHU, Prof. Dhananjay Pandey, both associated with RSS, primarily forced the decision. The baseless charges against him are that he is a naxalite, showed a banned documentary on Nirbhaya case and is involved in anti-national activities.
Many professors and students of BHU are against this decision of authorities. Former President of BHUSU and presentlty an associate professor of IIM-C ” Aanand Pradhan” has strongly condemned the decision.He stated that a university should welcome everyone’s view points. He knows Pandey as a true Gandhian.
“I’ve no regrets as the decision to terminate my contract has not been taken based on my academic performance but it is because of my political views and activities. I’ve enjoyed my stay at IIT, BHU and wish the Institute and the Univeristy well.” said Sandeep Pandey in an end note.