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Guj Univ prof suspended for sexual harassment


AHMEDABAD: Chemistry professor Vashisht Bhatt who has been accused of sexually harassing a doctorate scholar was suspended after the inner grievance committee of the Gujarat University discovered him responsible.

Based on the file of the inner grievance committee, the syndicate of the University which met on Wednesday suspended Bhatt. The committee also ordered a department inquiry headed by a retired pass judgement on or a senior suggest.


The Gujarat University had ordered investigation of the assistant professor who was accused of sexually harassing a doctoral scholar. Bhatt’s have been barred access to the college campus till the end of the probe The scholar, who is pursuing her doctorate beneath Bhatt’s steerage, had complained to school authorities and to the college’s WDC that the professor had tried to sexually harass her at a hotel in Ahmedabad. All CCTV footages of the department where he worked and the hotel in question have been examined, mentioned a senior GU official.

The incident took place on March 20 and the woman scholar complained about Bhatt to WDC and the head of the department on March 23. The WDC has met the student and the accused professor two times to investigate the subject.

The committee was also requested to appear into the allegations made by any other woman scholar, also pursuing her doctorate beneath Bhatt’s steerage, who got here ahead and became a co-complainant on this subject. She too has accused the professor of getting made sexual advances in opposition to her.

The ICC throughout the hearing took statements of the 2 scholars and others who have been concerned.


The committee also scanned all of the video footages and even sought the CCTV of the hotel where the girl alleged that she was taken. The ICC discovered that the girl was being resulted in the hotel room which was enough to establish the truth. After going throughout the evidence, the committee discovered the professor responsible.


Vishakha tips now not enough


Despite the Vishakha Guidelines for sexual harassment at workplace in existence, the syndicate meeting has decided that the Gujarat University should have its personal tips which will likely be designed with a view to prevent any such incidents in future.




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