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#MeToo allegation sends IISC senior professor on compulsory retirement

#MeToo allegation sends IISC senior professor on compulsory retirement
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The Indian Institute of Science has asked a senior faculty member a beneficiary of many awards to go on compulsory retirement after its council...

BENGALURU: The Indian Institute of Science has asked a senior faculty member — a beneficiary of many awards — to go on “compulsory retirement” after its council probed a sexual harassment accusation against the professor and found him guilty.Chemical engineer Giridhar Madras is counted among the top 1% of scientists in the world in his field, with 10,000 quotation, and has been with IISc for two decades.

He completed BE in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University in 1988, MTech from IIT Madras in 1989 and PhD from Texas A&M University in 1993.
Sources said the IISc council had ruled in a few other similar cases. “They are old cases. The recent order pertains to this (Madras) case,” IISc director Anuraj Kumar said.

Anurag Kumar told media: “Our council has ordered that professor Madras go on compulsory retirement.” He did not complex whether the 51-year-old would get retirement welfare or he’s free to consult with the institute in the future.

Madras had won the IISc award for excellence in research, SS Bhatnagar Award and the Scopus Young Scientist Award. He was a member of research into degradation of plastics in solution and posted its details on his webpage, which has since been removed by IISc.

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