Prakash was speaking in the context of the gang-rape and brutalisation of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi last month, leading to the woman’s death two weeks later.
In the wake of that incident, the UGC set up a task force on January 7 to review campus safety arrangements.
The task force will now visit campuses to evaluate these arrangements before submitting a report on possible improvements and gender sensitivity programmes, by mid-March.
“We are all ashamed of what happened,” Prakash said, responding to a question from a student. “We have written to all vice-chancellors asking for two things: the physical safety of students and a change in mindsets and attitudes.”
Prakash added that modules on gender sensitisation in the curriculum would be necessary for such a change in mindset.