UGC seeks data on sexual harassment complaints from varsities

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities and higher educational institutions to submit data on the number of sexual harassment complaints received by them and its status.

The commission has also sought a report on the constitution of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to deal with complaints of this nature. “The colleges and universities were earlier asked to constitute an ICC and a special cell in their respective institutions to deal with issue of gender-based violence, and conduct gender sensitisation programmes,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said.

“The varsities and higher educational institutions have been asked to submit details of sexual harassment complaints received till March 31 and their status by July 31 to enable UGC to compile the data and furnish it to the government,” he added.