Dr. Lalan Kumar is an assistant professor of Hindi at Nitishwar College, which is part of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU) in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He rose to prominence by setting a new bar for honesty and integrity by returning his income of about 24 lakh rupees for the previous two years and nine months despite the fact that no student had attended his sessions since he began teaching there in 2019.
Dr. Kumar earned his bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and his master’s degree from JNU. Delhi University is where he earned his M.Phil. and PhD.
Dr. Kumar received the Academic Excellence Award from former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for passing his graduation test from Hindu College in the first division.
Dr. Lalan Kumar, a Hindi lecturer at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar Institution (BRABUNitishwar )’s Campus in the Muzaffarpur district, expressed his fear of “academic death” unless the associated university shifted him to a new campus. He said that none of the 131 students showed up for his lesson.
He reimbursed his salary by mailing a letter and a check to the university’s vice chancellor. And questioned why he would accept a salary when he hasn’t taught any of the department’s students.
“None of the 131 students have attended my class,” the lecturer wrote in a letter to the university’s vice-chancellor. It feels like a ‘intellectual death’ to me. Despite my greatest efforts, I am unable to carry out my responsibilities. Accepting the salary would be morally wrong in this scenario.”
Kumar indicated his request to be transferred to any of the following colleges: LS College, RDS College, MDDM College, or the university’s PG department in the letter.
He has sent copies of his letter to the chancellor (governor), chief minister, state education minister, state finance department, Patna High Court (in the form of a PIL), chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), union education minister, PMO, President, and other dignitaries and high offices, in addition to the vice-chancellor.
However, the university’s pro-vice chancellor, R K Thakur, indicated that he has declined to accept the cheque for Rs 23.82 lakh, stating that there is no section in which he could allow the purportedly selfless gesture.
Furthermore, the BRABU registrar, RK Thakur, praised Lalan Kumar’s initiative, but the college’s principal, Manoj Kumar, criticised it as a ruse to advance to the postgraduate department.
In response to the Hindi teacher’s decision to return money to the government, retired professor Vashishtha Singh of L N Mithila University said, “Dr. Kumar has exposed the government’s education system.” “It’s essentially a slap on the education system in Bihar’s colleges and institutions,” he continued.