BBAU varsity VC did not deal sensitively with sexual harassment case: Scheduled Caste Commission

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has said that Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), RC Sobti, “lacked sensitivity” when dealing with a case of sexual harassment filed by a woman scheduled caste official.

It said recently that the vice chancellor “lacked maturity” while handling the complaint of BBAU’s woman registrar, a Dalit.

NCSC made these observations after the registrar, Sunita Chandra, moved a petition with the commission, drawing its attention to the sexual harassment she alleged she faced on campus.

Earlier, NCSC had pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at BBAU.

The BBAU registrar  has moved a petition with the National Scheduled Castes Commission Sunita Chandra, drawing its attention to the sexual harassment she alleged she faced on campus.

The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by VC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

In its report, the commission said Sobti could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if SC candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process was not completed.

“It became apparent that discrepancy arises as the BBAU does not codify the posts as is done in other institutions,” the NCSC report said. When universities advertise vacancies they have to give a code for a particular post.

The commission had summoned Sobti and registrar Sunita Chandra on July 6 to explain allegations of reservation policies not being implemented properly to appoint teachers.

There were complaints of irregular recruitment in the university and ‘unfair’ treatment of students, teachers and employees belonging to the SC category.

To look into the anomalies, the commission has formed a three-member committee, headed by RC Durga as chairman and two others, RD Chandrahas and Tarun Khanna. The committee was asked to give its report within a month to the commission.

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