Pointing out the failure of Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH) committee in providing the inquiry report of sexual harassment complaint against vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover even after 89 days, the syndicate on Sunday said the committee should complete its inquiry within 15 days. A five-member committee has been formed to approach PUCASH and seek out the report.
Shelly Walia is the chairperson of this panel with DPS Randhawa, Emanuel Nahar, Ajay Ranga and Charanjit Kaur Sohi as other members.
As the syndicate took up the letter received from office of home secretary, Chandigarh administration and letter of chairperson PUCASH in the meeting, it was decided that if the committee does not submit the report within the stipulated time, a new PUCASH will be formed to take up the case.
Recently, the UT administration had requested the vice-chancellor to direct the PUCASH to complete the inquiry in the sexual harassment complaint against him filed by the complainant within a ‘maximum period of 15 days’.
To this, PUCASH chairperson on October 6 had replied that since the home department of the UT administration is not the employer of the vice-chancellor, the department cannot demand a report from it.
New fellows to get allotments
Meanwhile, PU syndicate has recommended faculty allotment to new PU Fellows, whose term started from November 1, 2016. As it was discussed in the syndicate, the new Fellows will be allotted faculties as per their qualifications. If a Fellow is from the Arts faculty, he/she will have to opt for one specialisation in the same faculty. If he/she still opts for Sciences or any other faculty, the allotment will stand cancelled. The final call will be taken in the Senate meet, scheduled for December 17.