Varanasi: Seeking to put an end to the controversy over the appointment of a Muslim professor in BHU's Sanskrit department, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" on Thursday (December 12) told Lok Sabha that Firoz Khan is in the varsity's Sanskrit department and will continue to teach the language.

Participating in a debate on the Sanskrit Universities Bill, Danish Ali (BSP) referred to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) assistant professor Khan, who was facing protests after being appointed to the post in the Sanskrit department of the varsity.

Intervening in the debate, Pokhriyal said, "Firoz Khan is in the Sanskrit department, and will remain there."

He also said the assistant professor would continue to teach Sanskrit.

The minister was responding to concerns of some Opposition members over the controversy related to his appointment.

"Sanskrit is everybody's language," the minister said.

There was a protest by students in BHU over Khan's appointment in the faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan (SVDV).

Khan resigned from his post at SVDV and joined the Arts Faculty of the University after which the sit-in protest ended.