Bhubaneswar, Dec 17:
The Higher Education department today constituted a state level sexual harassment cell to deal with sexual harassment cases in educational institutions. The cell will inquire all allegations of sexual harassment made in government colleges, non-government aided colleges and self financing colleges of the state.
Nibedita Jena, Director of Text Book Bureau, has been appointed the chairperson of the cell, while Nibedita Prusty, deputy secretary in the Higher Education department and Debajani Dhal, under Secretary in the same department have been nominated as members, said a press release issued by the department on Monday.
After conducting any inquiry into any allegation of sexual harassment, the cell will recommend to the principa secretary of the department suitable action to be taken in a particular case, the release said.
Notably, the Principal and Management of Saikrupa Residential college in Dhenkanal have been served a show cause notice after receiving the report of the Collector and District Magistrate, Dhenkanal on sexual harassment of a student of the college.
The Regional Director of Education has been directed to furnish a report immediately after spot enquiry.