St Stephen’s molestation row: DU approves new research guide

Following a directive from the HRD Ministry, Delhi University has approved a new supervisor for the St Stephen’s research scholar, who has levelled allegations of sexual harassment against a college professor.

The varsity, however, maintained that the process can move ahead only after St Stephen’s facilitates an approval from the former supervisor.

“The Departmental Research Committee has approved a new supervisor for the girl. However, his appointment cannot fructify until the former supervisor gives an unconditional approval allowing the scholar to use parts of her earlier research in the thesis,” Dr Gurmeet Singh, head of the varsity’s Chemistry department said. Singh said that if the former supervisor does not approve it, the girl will have to start her research afresh. “It is important that St Stephen’s facilitates this approval,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the girl on Tuesday approached the department to submit a set of demands though her 
application was not allegedly accepted. She has demanded that she be assigned a female supervisor and allowed to resume her research work “from its present status”. She also added in the application: “I want to make it clear that I don’t want to start my research work afresh. I should be 
given the compounds made by me during research and the computational data collated 
so far.” 
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