Former judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha.

By Omar Rashid

New Delhi: Less than a month after he handed over the basement of the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi to Hindus for worship on the last day of his working career, retired judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha has been appointed the ombudsman of a public university in Lucknow.

Vishvesha retired from service as Varanasi district judge on January 31.

On February 27, the Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University – a government-run university with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath as chairperson – appointed Vishvesha as its lokpal (ombudsman) for a tenure of three years, university officials told The Wire.

The university lokpal is tasked with settling the grievances of students.

Brijendra Singh, the university’s assistant registrar, confirmed that Vishvesha had been appointed as lokpal for three years.

The lokpal’s task is “resolving conflict among students for their betterment,” Singh said.

University spokesperson Yashwant Viroday said Vishvesha was appointed in accordance with the recent guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which mandated that each university shall appoint an ombudsperson for the redressal of student grievances.

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