Patiala, October 29, 2023: The Punjabi University administration has issued a chargesheet to a university professor accused of misconduct with girl students on the campus, almost two weeks after receiving an inquiry report. The university’s ‘Prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace cell’ is also looking into the matter.
A two-member committee formed by the university had stated in its report that the girl had died due to illness. However, it also noted that the professor’s attitude with the students was “below the level of a teacher”. The committee had found that the allegations against the professor were “serious under the Punjab Civil Services rules”.
The committee was formed after the death of a girl student on September 18. The student had returned home from the campus before her death. The committee had said that the professor’s behaviour with the students could be termed “bad, rude and obscene”.
The university has now issued a chargesheet to the professor and sought his response in 15 days. It has simultaneously started proceedings against the professor at the ‘Prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace cell’of the campus.
The university said that the professor had already deposed before the cell once and added that it was “committed to getting to the bottom of the matter and taking appropriate action”.