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AIIMS debars professor from guiding PhD students after researcher attempts suicide

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Acting tough, the has shifted all students doing PhD and research under a of Microbiology to other faculty members and also debarred her from guiding students for the next three years after a student attempted suicide, accusing her of harassment and abuse.

The 36-year-old PhD student from the Microbiology department had allegedly attempted suicide at his residence in Gautam Nagar by overdosing on drugs on March 25 and had accused his of mental harassment, abuse and delay in his fellowship.

The incident had sparked protests by PhD students of the institute who demanded suspension and strict action against the accused following which a committee was constituted to inquire into the matter.

"All the students doing PhD thesis under her have been shifted to other faculty members . Also she will not be guiding any student for the next three years," said a senior doctor at

Notably, in his letter to Randeep Guleria, the fifth year student alleged that he was being mentally harassed and humiliated by the under whom he got registered in August 2013.

I have been under constant mental harassment and humiliation. She has again and again used filthy and abusive language in front of everyone. She scolds even when work is done correctly.

"My mental harassment is aggravated as she is not able to procure appropriate facilities, funds in the lab and makes no attempt to get the things done...my fellowship is delayed and this puts me in additional financial problem and mental burden, the student alleged in the letter.

He also claimed that some students, who also are undergoing PhD under the same guide, having contracted TB while working in the lab due to lack of and personal protective accessories given to them.

The AIIMS is also learnt to have issued instructions to all supervisors in the department to implement for the laboratory staff.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 10:55 IST
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