Indian school names Hanuman as chairman
LUCKNOW, Saturday (AP) - He's a monkey, he's a god, and now he's a business school chairman.
Hanuman, the popular Hindu monkey god revered for his strength and valor, has been named official chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in northern India, a school official said today.
The position comes with an incense-filled office, a desk and a laptop computer. Four chairs will be placed facing the empty seat reserved for the holy chairman, but all visitors must enter the office barefoot, said Vivek Kangdi, the school's vice chairman.
''It is our belief that any job that has blessings of Lord Hanuman is bound to be a success,'' said Kangdi.
All Hindus know that Hanuman can lift mountains and leap oceans, but ancient texts make no mention of his business acumen. Nevermind that, says Kangdi.
''When we were looking for a chairman for our institution, we scanned many big names in the field of technology and management.
Ultimately, we settled for Lord Hanuman, as none was bigger than him,'' Kangdi said.
Hanuman is one of the most popular gods in the crowded pantheon of Hindu deities.
Hanuman's most famous feat, as described in the Hindu epic the Ramayana, was leading a monkey army to fight the demon King Ravana in Sri Lanka and rescue a kidnapped princess.
The Sardar Bhagat Singh College in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, awards bachelor's degrees in engineering and management. The school opened last year.