New Delhi: Days after the appointment of RK Pachauri as executive vice chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), protests appear to be growing within the institute, with 20 students who recently completed courses at Teri University saying they would not accept their degrees from Pachauri during a convocation on March 7.
Pachauri faces charges of sexually harassing a junior colleague and is out on bail.
According to TOI, they wrote in a letter addressed to Rajiv Seth, acting vice-chancellor mentioning “We would like to make it clear that we are not in a position to accept our degrees from Pachauri at convocation."
They have also sent copies to the university's board of management and academic council.
"We reiterate the trajectory that the university is taking is dangerous and grossly inconsiderate, and as alumni, we sincerely hope that Teri University's board of management seriously re-evaluates Pachauri's continuing role as chancellor...," the letter says.
Moreover , on Wednesday, another former TERI worker came up with the allegation that the former TERI director general sexually harassed her dating back to 2003.
According to reports, though she had already reported her complaint to Delhi Police in February 2015, the complainant had not made her harrowing experience public. But frustrated by the inaction and apathy of Delhi Police, she decided to make public her experience.