AIIMS prof de­barred af­ter re­searcher at­tempts sui­cide

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All PHD and re­search stu­dents un­der a pro­fes­sor of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy have been shifted to other fac­ulty mem­bers, af­ter she was ac­cused for abus­ing the de­ceased re­searcher, who died on March 25

Act­ing tough against of­fend­ing fac­ulty mem­bers, the AIIMS has shifted all stu­dents do­ing PHD and re­search un­der a pro­fes­sor of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy to other fac­ulty mem­bers and de­barred her from guid­ing stu­dents for the next three years, af­ter a stu­dent at­tempted sui­cide, ac­cus­ing the pro­fes­sor of ha­rass­ment and abuse.

The 36-year-old PHD stu­dent, from the Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy de­part­ment, had al­legedly at­tempted sui­cide at his res­i­dence in Gau­tam Na­gar by over­dos­ing on drugs on March 25 and had ac­cused his su­per­vi­sor of men­tal ha­rass­ment, abuse and de­lay in his fel­low­ship.

The in­ci­dent sparked protests by PHD stu­dents of the pre­mier in­sti­tute, who de­manded sus­pen­sion and strict ac­tion against the pro­fes­sor, fol­low­ing which a com­mit­tee was con­sti­tuted to in­quire into the mat­ter.

“All the stu­dents do­ing PHD the­sis un­der her have been shifted to other fac­ulty mem­bers . Also she will not be guid­ing any stu­dent for the next three years,” said a se­nior doc­tor at the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS).

Notably, in his let­ter to AIIMS Di­rec­tor Ran­deep Gu­le­ria, the fifth year stu­dent al­leged that he was be­ing men­tally ha­rassed and hu­mil­i­ated by the su­per­vi­sor, un­der whom he got regis­tered in Au­gust 2013.

“I have been un­der con­stant men­tal ha­rass­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion. She has again and again used filthy and abu­sive lan­guage in front of ev­ery­one. She scolds even when 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 ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial prob­lem and men­tal bur­den,” the stu­dent al­leged in the let­ter.

He also claimed that some stu­dents, who are do­ing PHD un­der the same guide, hav­ing con­tracted TB while work­ing in the lab due to lack of proper equip­ment and per­sonal pro­tec­tive ac­ces­sories given to them. AIIMS is also learnt to have is­sued in­struc­tions to all su­per­vi­sors to im­ple­ment safety mea­sures.

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