AIIMS bans Microbiology Professor after Harassment Allegations
Following the reports and allegations against a microbiology professor at AIIMS, the institution has now stepped up and barred the aforementioned professor from undertaking any Ph.D. students for the next three years.A fifth-year student had attempted suicide which was thankfully thwarted, late last month, alleging harassment and abuse against the professor.
The 36-year-old Ph.D. student had allegedly tried to end his life by overdosing on drugs on March 25 owing to his superior’s mental harassment, abuse, and delay in his fellowship award. The incident had sent the students into a frenzy and a protest on the campus had ensued.
“I have been under constant mental harassment and humiliation. She has time and again used filthy and abusive language in front of everyone. She scolds even when the work is done correctly. My mental harassment is aggravated as she is not able to procure appropriate facilities, funds in the lab and makes no attempt to get the things done…my fellowship is delayed and this puts me in the additional financial problem and mental burden,” as quoted by the victim in a note.
The institute’s director Dr. Randeep Guleria took cognizance following the unfortunate incident and has now ordered a quick inquiry, following which a committee was set up under the institute’s dean. Additionally, all students pursuing a Ph.D. under the tainted professor have been asked to shift under other faculties; she is also banned from guiding other students for the next three years.
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