KOTTAYAM: Kerala Governor and Chancellor of universities in the state Justice P Sathasivam said on Friday that he had received an interim report from Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University on girl students' complaints about increase in harassment incidents in the campus and added that steps have been initiated to curb such episodes.
Justice Sathasivam said the Vice-Chancellor has mentioned the incidents reported in the campus was referred to the internal disciplinary committee as directed by the Supreme Court, in the sexual harassment cases.
“Moreover, with regard to the incidents, which took place outside the campus, the Vice-Chancellor has referred complaints to the police station concerned as well. It was on the basis of newspaper reports and without waiting for the formal complaint that I sought a report from the chancellor," he said.As per the system brought in place by the Governor, all the universities have to send a monthly report, briefing about the time table of exams, results, and ragging etc.
“I do forward these reports to the President of India with a copy to the Home Minister, so that any remedial measures can be adopted.
“I am getting good responses. Any student, faculty or even public are free to highlight the problems through petition or through e-mail, which would be given due importance after checking its authenticity," he said. Justice Sathasivam added that the Chancellor's award, carrying a prize money of `5 crore, was intended to motivate and induce healthy competition among universities.
“It also intends to maintain good relationship between students' communities and faculty members in the universities," the Guvernor said.
The Chancellor’s award, carrying a prize money of `5 crore, is intended to motivate and induce healthy competition among universities — Justice P Sathasivam Kerala Governor