A Panjab University (PU) Syndicate member who had levelled charges of sexual harassment against the university’s Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Prof Arun Kumar Grover has taken her complaint to the Human Resource Development Ministry, which in turn has reportedly asked the University Grants Commission(UGC) to probe the matter.
The Indian Express has learnt that the complainant had appeared before a three-member fact-finding panel of UGC administrators regarding the issue.
Sources in the HRD ministry said there was no time-frame to the inquiry.
Prof Grover, however, told Chandigarh Newsline that the UGC panel was not an inquiry committee.
“The UGC has not set up any inquiry committee. I have just been asked to go there and provide them with an update as to what has happened on this issue so far. There is no inquiry.”
Admitting that he had received a communication from the UGC on the issue, Prof Grover said, “I have been contacted by the UGC and it only wants all facts to be brought to its attention. Earlier, I had been sending all these facts to the Chancellor, Dr Hamid Ansari.”
In April, the woman had alleged that the V-C misbehaved with her at his office.
Prof Grover said, “There have been inquiries conducted by the Panjab University about this already. The issue was set up as an information item in the Syndicate, it was also presented in the Senate. It was referred to the Panjab University Committee against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH). Information regarding the matter was also given to the police. The UGC just wants all this information.”
The complainant had demanded an independent inquiry into the matter, as all members of the PUCASH were subordinates of the V-C.
The PU Vice-Chancellor added, “I have nothing more to say on this. Whatever was needed to be clarified, I have already told the statutory committee. The statutory committee’s report has been placed in front of the Syndicate and the Senate.”
UGC Secretary Jaspal Sandhu and Director (Administration) Vandana Sethi refused to comment on the matter.