Pachauri on leave? Won’t attend Teri convocation after protest

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 19:50 IST
R K Pachauri will not attend Teri University’s March 7 convocation. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) executive vice-chairman R K Pachauri will not attend Teri University’s March 7 convocation, a day after students said they won’t accept certificates from a man embroiled in two sexual harassment investigations.

On Wednesday, a second former Teri employee publicly accused Pachauri – the chancellor of Teri University -- of sexually harassing her and other women, saying he gave her sexually suggestive nicknames and was extremely indecent.

Hours later, 20 former students asked acting vice-chancellor Rajiv Seth they were not in the position to accept their degrees from Pachauri.

Pachauri is under investigation for sexually harassing a 29-year-old researcher who filed an FIR last February but Delhi Police haven’t completed the probe, saying Teri wasn’t cooperating.

He was controversially elevated to the post of vice-chairman three days ago, triggering outrage from the complainants and activists.

Other than going on leave for a few months, Pachauri remained at the helm of the institute since February, regularly visiting the campus – a fact that angered the 29-year-old complainant.

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