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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM (IST)

Sexual coercion cell in varsity

In view of increasing violence on women in the field of higher education, the UGC has issued a circular to all universities and institutes of higher education to set up a permanent cell to address and redress sexual harassment cases, to develop guidelines to combat such harassment, violence against women and ragging at the universities and the colleges. The UGC has directed all universities and educational institutes to therefore upload a Performa to register a complaint regarding sexual harassment with the Registrar or the official concerned on its website.

Bahra University Vice-Chancellor Dr Satish Kumar said the university had taken cognisance and had constituted a nine- member committee comprising students and faculty of Bahra University.

Dr Satish Kumar said the university would show zero-tolerance to sexual harassment and gender discrimination in any form. He said the universities are not merely workplaces where faculty and non-teaching staff work, but were places where students come to learn and be trained for their professional careers. It was therefore imperative that all students, particularly women students, are provided with a safe and dignified environment in which they were able to achieve these goals, because only then will they be able to realise the constitutional promise of equality.

The Vice-Chancellor said Bahra University had uploaded the Performa on its website where women can lodge a complaint regarding sexual abuse. He stated that confidentiality with respect to the details of the complaint, the complainant’s identity and the person/persons charged shall be maintained. Besides this, confidentiality will be extended both to the procedures employed in the enquires and the identity of the witnesses involved. — TNS

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