2 SVNIT professors found guilty of sexual harassment
SURAT: The six-member Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) on Friday found two associate professors guilty of sexually harassing female students and recommended their termination. Following the termination, the faculties will not be able to take up job in any other teaching institute.
The ICC, which probed the complaints by female students, submitted their report to the institute authorities on Friday. They have concluded that the female students were sexually exploited by the accused faculties.
The committee recommended termination of associate professor of electronics and communication engineering and in-charge dean of research Vivekanand Mishra and associate professor of electrical engineering and chief warden Ranjit Roy. They have further recommended that both should be barred from teaching and getting involved in any kind of research activity. Both Mishra and Roy were suspended by the SVNIT authorities on Thursday.
The committee also imposed fine of Rs one lakh on Mishra and Rs 50,000 on Roy.
The Board of Governors of SVNIT will soon take action against the faculties as per the recommendations of the ICC after completing the formalities.
Another associate professor of electronics and communication engineering department, N B Kanirkar, who is also an accused in the compliant of another nature, will face inquiry by another committee.
The ICC found Mishra and Roy guilty of physical contact, making advances to female students, demanding sexual favours, making sexually coloured remarks, unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature and threatening the victims during investigation.
The female victims in the case were students of Master of Technology (MTech) and undergoing PhD.
Investigation further revealed that the accused faculties had threatened the victims, who had filed complaints against them. Sources claimed that the accused and their supporters contacted family members of the complainants to pressurize them.