IISc or Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru has demanded ‘compulsory retirement’ from one of the senior faculty members owing to the allegations of sexual harassment.
Prof Giridhar Madras was declared the convict of sexual harassment by IISc Council and thus was asked to take the retirement. This matter came into light when the post-doctoral student that was working under the Professor filed a complaint to the authorities against him.
It has been 20 years now that Prof Madras has been attached to IISc and is currently serving the institute as a senior faculty at the Chemical Engineering Department.
Prof Giridhar Madras has also grabbed various acclaimed national and international awards such as J C Bose National Fellowship, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award (2009) and the IISc award for excellence in research.
He is listed among the top one per cent of all scientists cross the globe and also possesses more than 10,000 citations and an h-index of 55.
The members of the Council include the IISc Director, Prof Palle Rama Rao, Tata Sons’ JJ Irani, former DBT secretary MK Bhan, BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi and many more. They have properly enquired about the allegations levied by the student on the professor and then have taken the decision of sacking Prof Madras ignoring his reputation and great contributions to the field of research and science.
The sources have asked about the case to IISc Director Prof Anurag Kumar for accurate information but failed as the director was not taking any calls and messages. The confirmation of this news was given by a senior faculty member stating that Prof Giridhar Madras has been compelled to take the ‘compulsory retirement’ when the members of IISc Council found him the convict of sexual harassment.
It has also been reported that the PhD student also quoted in her complaint about the late night calls and sexual remarks made to her.