• Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. Their mission is conceptualised as a movement to enable processes that connect institutes of higher education with local communities to address the development challenges of rural India through participatory processes and appropriate technologies for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between the society and an inclusive university system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors.
    IISER Bhopal has agreed to join the UBA program as a participating institute.

Internal Complaints Committee at IISER Bhopal

  • An Internal Complaints Committee has been set up at IISER Bhopal as per provisions of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act 2013, with the following aims:

    • To ensure that no female employees (including permanent, temporary, and contractual employees) or female students are subjected to gender specific discrimination or sexual harassment.
    • To provide a platform for all individuals to register a complaint if they are subjected to any act of sexual harassment at IISER Bhopal.
    • To investigate and recommend action against any individual found guilty of harassing another individual of any gender.
    • To facilitate a gender-sensitive and congenial working environment at IISER Bhopal so that individuals can work in an atmosphere free of gender specific discrimination.

    What is Sexual Harassment?

    • The Supreme Court guidelines define sexual harassment to include:
    • Physical contact and advances
    • Demand or request for sexual favors
    • Sexually colored remarks
    • Display of pornography
    • Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature

    • Sexual Harassment takes place if a person:
    • subjects another person to an unwelcome act of physical intimacy, like grabbing, brushing, touching, pinching etc.
    • makes an unwelcome demand or request (whether directly or by implication) for sexual favors from another person, and further makes it a condition for employment/payment of wages/increment/promotion etc
    • makes an unwelcome remark with sexual connotations, like sexually explicit compliments/cracking loud jokes with sexual connotations/ making sexist remarks etc
    • shows a person any sexually explicit visual material, in the form of pictures/cartoons/pin-ups/calendars/screen savers on computers/any offensive written material/pornographic e-mails, etc
    • engages in any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which could be verbal, or even non-verbal, like staring to make the other person uncomfortable, making offensive gestures, kissing sounds, etc.

    Often such behavior goes unpunished because of hesitation on the part of victim to report such behavior out of a sense of shame or fear or both. It is important to protest against any behavior that you find uncomfortable, harassing, unwanted, and unacceptable.

    The Institute strongly condemns such behavior and advices all its members not to indulge in any such activity.

If you are being harassed, this is what you can do

  • Don't feel a sense of shame. Tell the harasser very clearly that you find his behavior offensive.
  • Don't ignore the harassment in the hope that it will stop on its own. Come forward and complain.
  • Talk to somebody you trust about the harassment. It will not only give you strength but also help others in similar situations to come forward and complain.
  • Keep a record of all incidents of sexual harassment in a notebook. If you feel the need to register a formal complaint later, this record will be helpful.

The Role of the Complaint Cell

  • To act as inquiry authority on a complaint of sexual harassment.
  • To ensure that victims and witnesses are not victimized or discriminated against because of their complaint.
  • To take proactive measures towards sensitization of the staff, students and faculty members of the Institute on gender issues.

How to lodge a complaint

  • You can talk to/write to/email/telephone any member of the complaint cell
  • Alternatively send an email to womencell[AT]iiserb.ac.in

The name of the complainant is kept confidential. In addition, the complaint cell would like to put forward the following strategy to IISER Bhopal community in order to avoid any untoward incidences:

  • All the research labs/UG labs/offices should have clearly displayed emergency contact numbers and a designated officer(s) available round the clock to be contacted in an emergency.
  • The workplace should be well lit till the last occupant leaves the place.
  • The entire see through panels (in door, windows etc.) in research labs/UG labs/offices should not be obstructed and should permit a clear view

To work without harassment is our fundamental right.

  • The Complaint Cell at IISER Bhopal provides a platform for all individuals to complain about any unwelcome behavior experienced by them at IISER Bhopal. The present members of the Complaint Cell are:

    Member Department Designation Email Contact
    Dr. Ishu Saraogi Asst. Prof., Department of Chemistry Presiding officer ishu@iiserb.ac.in +91 755 669 1309
    Smt. Nirmala Buch President, Mahila Chetna Manch, NGO Member nirmala.buch@gmail.com
    Dean, Faculty Affairs Ex-officio Member dofa@iiserb.ac.in
    Dean, Students' Affairs Ex-officio Member dosa@iiserb.ac.in
    Dr. Sheuli Mitra Ex-officio Senate Member (External), IISER Bhopal Woman Scientist / Social Scientist / Engineer Member sheulimitra@spabhopal.ac.in
    Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee Scientific Officer Secretary madhumita@iiserb.ac.in +91 755 669 2303