Dr RK Pachauri goes on leave as TERI Chancellor, won’t attend March 7 convocation

TERI University's acting vice chancellor (V-C) Rajiv Seth told The Indian Express that Pachauri, who is the Chancellor of the institution, communicated his decision to go on leave, this morning.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2016 12:57 pm
R K Pachauri, TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, sexual harrasment case on pachauri, pachauri case Dr. RK Pachauri during an event in Mumbai. Express Photo/Pradip Das

With a group of TERI University students refusing to accept their degrees from RK Pachauri, the environmentalist has decided to go on leave and skip the varsity’s convocation scheduled on March 7.

TERI University’s acting vice chancellor (V-C) Rajiv Seth told The Indian Express that Pachauri, who is the Chancellor of the institution, communicated his decision on Thursday morning and Leena Srivastav will act as his stand-in during the convocation ceremony. Srivastav is university V-C who has been on sabbatical for the last few months and Seth is holding fort till she rejoins.

The decision, Seth added, will be communicated to the students once the Board of Management (BOM) is intimated. The institution’s BOM is meeting on Friday.

This development has come in wake of 19 students writing to Seth on Wednesday condemning TERI Governing Council’s decision to elevate Pachauri to the position of Executive Vice Chairman even though he stands accused of sexually harassing a junior colleague. Pachauri is currently out on bail.

“We would like to make it clear that we are not in a position to accept our degrees from Pachauri at convocation,” the 20 former students from MSc, MTech, MA and MBA courses wrote in a letter addressed to Seth with copies sent to the university’s BOM and academic council. “We reiterate the trajectory that the university is taking is dangerous and grossly inconsiderate, and as alumni, we sincerely hope that Teri University’s board of management seriously re-evaluates Pachauri’s continuing role as chancellor…,” the letter states.

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    Dharmendra
    Feb 11, 2016 at 8:05 am
    THIS PROESTING STUDENTS CAREER SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY GOOD PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY. THEY SHOULD NOT BECOME THE TARGET OF VINDICATE. WHEN A PERSON IS PROVED GUILTY BY THEIR OWN TEAM AND A PERSON IS ON BAIL HOW THE MANAGEMENT IS INCLINED ELEVATE HIM TO MORE POWER FUL POST......THIS SHOWS SO MANY OF THEM HAND IN GLOVE WITH PACHAURI. WHY MODI IS KEEPING QUIT
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    Girish Ramaiah
    Feb 11, 2016 at 8:31 am
    Regret to note that not even one member of GC has expressed his / her views on recent development at TERI.
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    kamath Ramesh
    Feb 11, 2016 at 10:13 am
    Why court has erred him in granting bail? Why leading personalities and industrialists who are part of TERI are silent or not directly opposing him. Is it a vendetta against him? Detailed probe has to be done to reveal the truth
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    Dr.Karpakal Prasad
    Feb 11, 2016 at 10:16 am
    Happy time for us is that Pachauri has gone on leave! Is it a come back leave or a permanent one ? We fondly hope that CREEP will not return, lest we Great Indians are only laughing stock with all those who know about the incident ! Let us preserve the Greatness of this country by keeping him away. Jai Hind.
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    Krishna
    Feb 11, 2016 at 9:32 am
    Am I the only one who always thought he looked like a CREEP?! Was the Nobel a stick and paste job by the west?
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    Raju Rachaiah
    Feb 11, 2016 at 8:11 am
    Disgraceful!
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    SS
    Feb 11, 2016 at 7:51 am
    Is there no way to throw him out
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    Sphinx
    Feb 11, 2016 at 11:10 am
    He owns the insute. Isn't it?
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