Anti-discrimination officers mandatory for Central Universities

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In what can be termed as a welcome move by the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, wherein all central universities have been directed to put up large boards on the campus informing students about anti-discrimination officers.

The boards will carry all relevant information about the officers as well as the internal complaints committee thereby enabling the students where to lodge complaints in the new academic session.

This move is significant especially when significant number of higher education institutes have faced agitation the latest being NIT-Srinagar. The decision regarding this was taken at a meeting of all the vice- chancellors chaired by HRD minister Smriti Irani in February this year. A compliance report have been asked to be sent to the ministry by all the 40 central universities in the country.

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All universities have been asked to provide information to students about the prevention of sexual harassment committee.

At the conference of vice-chancellors’ it was decided to put in place a transparent proactive mechanism for grievance redressal of the university community, including students, staff and faculty. It was also decided to appoint an anti- discrimination officer.

Earlier in March, the UGC had also asked all universities and colleges to have a special page on their website wherein students can register complaints of caste discrimination.

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