Nagpur: After giving a clean chit to the head of the Hindi department of Nagpur University, the inquiry panel has blamed NU’s Ph.D. registration process solely for the alleged harassment of all the students.
This panel has also been mentioned in its findings by Meera Khadakkar, a retired judge of the Family Court that although nothing was found at all in the complaints of excessive harassment by the two girls against the NU teacher, During the investigation of this matter, it also came to the fore that the registration of PhD was very difficult.
The report states that due to the administrative difficulties faced by the NU Administration in the last few years (due to the Coronavirus pandemic), the complainants may also have to face a lot of trouble. At the same time, however, NU should also try harder to bring in complete transparency, so that similar complaints are avoided.
Panelists have also asked NU to follow these rules very strictly. The administration should not at all take lightly the very important aspects of research projects. The Centre-in-Charge, Research Guide, and other stakeholders who are also involved in the Ph.D. registration process should also treat all the students appearing like parents.
Mandatory for students to participate in the FDP
The panel concluded that the very serious allegations leveled by the two students and their guide lacked genuineness and that NU should also take very appropriate action.
The panel strongly reprimanded the Hindi teacher for asking the students to deposit the amount in the account of another teacher for attending the seminar. Along with this the members have also not recommended any punitive action against the teacher at all and also suggested that “he should take all necessary care in future”.
Along with this, the panel has also criticized them for making it completely mandatory for students to participate in the Faculty Development Program (FDP).
As per the policy, such programs are highly optional for students. However, it is also learned that the teacher did not force the complainants to pay for the seminar at all, the report said.