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Ensure prevention of sexual harassment at all costs, Irani to vice chancellors

September 15, 2014


HRD Minister Smriti Irani on 13th September urged all vice chancellors (VCs) of central universities to ensure prevention of sexual harassment, at a two day retreat of vice chancellors of central universities in Chandigarh.

 

On the last day of the two-day vice chancellors retreat in Chandigarh, HRD Minister Smriti Irani today exhorted all VCs -- in wake of sexual harassment of a student in Viswa Bharati University -- to ensure prevention of sexual harassment of students and staff at all costs.

 

"The minister advised all VCs to ensure prevention of sexual harassment of students and staff at all costs," a ministry statement said in New Delhi.

"All central universities should ensure proper facilities and infrastructure for disabled students," the statement said.

Also, the University Grants Commission (UGC) was requested to formulate regulations wherein the students coming out of vocational stream are not discriminated against vis-a-vis those coming out of the general streams.

 

"Forty great personalities of India would be identified. All universities were requested to locate the schools/colleges/universities which had the proud privilege of teaching these great personalities and take action to develop/improve the facilities and infrastructure in these institutions," the ministry statement said.

 

It was also said that within one month, each central university will display on its website all relevant information including the profile of teachers, calendar of activity of university, academic calendar, names of members of all statutory bodies along with their tenure, research output, information on budget, vacancy, tenure of registrar and finance officer.

 

The VCs were requested to encourage the faculty in central universities to offer free online courses to citizens under the Digital India initiative of SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) through the MOOCs (massive open online courses) platform.

They were also requested to ensure that their campuses/constituent colleges become fully wi-fi enabled as soon as possible.

 

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