How BHU lost opportunity to have Einstein as its faculty
Varanasi: There are times when destiny overrules even best of the efforts. This can be best described in the chain of events which denied Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and India a golden chance to have Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein as a faculty.
A simple lack of communication between Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya and the great scientist in United States led to a situation which prevented Einstein from coming to BHU as a teacher.
According to some historical documents, Einstein, in 1940, through a letter had desired to come and teach at BHU which was fast gaining reputation of a premier education centre in India and Asia. As the destiny had its role to play, Mahamana and the then vice chancellor of BHU were out of Varanasi and by the time ,they came back, it was too late.
Mahamana Malviya did write back to Einstein accepting his offer gleefully but the delay in the communication caused the undoing. By that time the Nobel Laureate had already decided to settle in US hence could not accept the offer.
Some historians say if the communication been fast, Einstein would have come and settled in India but for the destiny.
This incident is mentioned in 'Mahamana Vision Document' in this manner:
"Malaviya tried hard during 1935–1936 to persuade the timeless legend in science and society, Albert Einstein to come over to India and BHU for a suitable period, on his own terms in perhaps some joint scheme and cooperation with Sir C. P. Ramaswami Aiyer, Vice Chancellor of the Travancore University (presently Kerala university) Sometime in 1940, Einstein probably wrote to Malaviya, expressing his desire to serve this great university. Unfortunately, both Malaviya and Radhakrishnan were away from town and his letter met with the usual bureaucratic procedure. By the time, Malaviya warmly invited him, Einstein was on his way to settling in America."
It, indeed, was a great loss to India which left Mahamana disappointed as he sincerely wanted BHU to have best of the faculties.