Chennai, April 25 (BPNS)
The Indian Institute of Technology –Madras has constituted a five member inquiry committee to probe into the suicide of a research scholar of the Institute, Sachin Kumar Jain on March 31, 2023.
The five member inquiry committee constituted on Tuesday is headed by former Tamil Nadu, Director General of Police (DGP), G. Thilakavathi.
There were student protests in the campus charging that Jain had committed suicide following harassment by faculty member. The registrar of IIT – Madras in an email to the students said that a committee headed by former Tamil Nadu DGP, Tilakavathi has been constituted on the allegations in the suicide death of Sachin Kumar Jain who was a research scholar in Mechanical Engineering department. Sachin Kumar Jain’s brother Bhawesh Kumar Jain had in a complaint to the institute stated that his brother was harassed by a faculty member, Ashish Kumar Sen.
The other committee members are, former IAS officers, D. Sabitha, Kannegi Packianathan, Professor Ravindra Gattu who is a faculty in the institute and Amal Manoharan, who is a research scholar at IIT- Madras.
The registrar in the mail said, “ Students who want to depose before the committee can contact the research scholar member of the committee and faculty who want to depose can contact the faculty member.”
A Joint Action Committee (JAC) has also submitted a memorandum to the IIT- Madras director demanding an unbiased inquiry into the suicide of the research scholar and also demanding inclusion of external members in the committee. The JAC has also demanded the suspension of the guides research and his academic activities during the probe.