University Grants Commission seeks sexual abuse data

Varsities told to give details about cases reported.

HYDERABAD: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities to send an annual report on cases of sexual harassment for the period ending March 31, 2018. Universities have to furnish the number of cases of sexual harassment reported to the committee, number of cases which were disposed of, and number of cases which were left pending for more than 90 days.

Universities also need to provide details of the action taken in response to a reported case of sexual harassment. The report must contain the number of workshops on awareness and programmes against sexual harassment conducted on campus in the stated period. Universities are also required to send details of the constitution of their Internal Complaints Committee to UGC.

The annual report is to be filed in accordance with UGC (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2015. The UGC had made it mandatory for colleges and universities to constitute an internal complaints committee and a Special Cell in their respective institutions to address gender based violence and conduct gender sensitisation programmes.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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