MKU pro­fes­sor faces ha­rass­ment charge

Ph. D scholar files plaint against guide

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Pon Vas­anth B.A

A full-time re­search scholar at Madu­rai Ka­ma­raj Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Film and Elec­tronic Me­dia Stud­ies has filed a ha­rass­ment com­plaint against her re­search guide and Head of the cen­tre K. Kar­nama­hara­jan. But he has de­nied the charges.

In the com­plaint sub­mit­ted to the Reg­is­trar of MKU, the scholar, a na­tive of Ker­ala, has ac­cused the pro­fes­sor of abus­ing her and de­mand­ing that she do ev­ery­thing he sug­gested, in­clud­ing sex­ual favours, if she wanted to ob­tain her Ph. D de­gree.

The scholar ac­cused him of tak­ing ₹ 2 lakh to ad­mit her as a full-time scholar.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plainant, he checked her daily sched­ule and at­ten­dance in the hos­tel. Re­cently, he is­sued a memo for be­ing ab­sent and threat­ened to can­cel her Ph. D reg­is­tra­tion.

Re­fut­ing her al­le­ga­tions, Mr. Kar­nama­hara­jan said the re­search scholar, who com­pleted her M. Phil in MKU and joined as a full­time scholar a year be­fore, reg­u­larly ab­sented her­self with­out prior in­for­ma­tion and failed to com­plete her re­search-re­lated tasks.

“I have mes­sages, email com­mu­ni­ca­tions and other records that will prove my in­no­cence,” he said. The re­search scholar also sub­mit­ted a com­plaint with the Con­venor’s Com­mit­tee of MKU that met at the cam­pus on Satur­day. While MKU Reg­is­trar V. Chin­niah could not be reached for a com­ment, univer­sity of­fi­cials said that the scholar had been asked to ap­pear be­fore a com­mit­tee set up to en­quire into the issue on Wed­nes­day.

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