भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान तिरुपति

भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान तिरुपति
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Internal Complaints Committee

In accordance with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013, the Internal Complaints Committee of IIT Tirupati, is constituted with the following composition:
Any complaint of Sexual Harassment may be reported to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Prof. T Sita Kumari
Professor - Department of Law,
Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam
Chairperson (External)
Dr. N. Venkaiah
Associate Professor
Dr. Gowri A
Associate Professor
Mr. Arun Kalyan
Assistant Registrar
Mrs. Sandhya Y
Member / Convenor
The following persons will also be included as members of the Committee in case the victim or alleged perpetrator is a student:

Mr. Pujari Rudransh (ME20B032)
Students' General Secretary
Member - Ex Officio
Ms. Aiswarya Pradeep (HS22D501)
Ph.D Scholar
Ms. Vineeta Gupta (EE21S504)
MS (Research) Student

The Role of the Committee:
• To act as Inquiry Authority on a complaint of sexual harassment.
• To ensure that victims and witnesses are not victimised or discriminated because of their complaint.
• To take proactive measures towards sensitization of staff, students and faculty member of IIT Tirupati on gender issues.
• To discharge any other functions as per the Act.

Women at work place: Working without Harassment
The Supreme Court has defined ‘sexual harassment’ to include:
• Physical contact and advances
• A demand or request for sexual favours
• Sexually coloured remarks
• Showing pornography
• Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

Often such behaviour goes unpunished because of hesitation on the part of women to report such behaviour out of a sense of shame or fear. It is important for women to protest against any behaviour that they feel is unwanted and unacceptable. The Internal Complaints Committee at IIT Tirupati has been set up with the aim of providing women an appropriate complaint mechanism against unwelcome sexually determined behaviour whether directly or by implication.

What should you do, if you are sexually harassed?
• Do not feel ashamed. Tell the harasser very clearly that you find his behavior offensive.
• Do not ignore the harassment in the hope that it will stop on its own. Come forward and complain to the Internal Complaints Committee.
• 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. If you feel the need to register a formal complaint later, this record will be helpful.

What action can be taken against the offender?

The Internal Complaints Committee is deemed to be an Inquiry Authority for the purpose of CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the report of the Internal Complaints Committee is deemed to be an Inquiry Report under the rules.
Once it is proved that the offender has indulged in sexual harassment in the work place, appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against him irrespective of his status in IIT Tirupati (staff, faculty, student) Where such conduct amounts to a specific offense under the Indian Penal Code, a complaint will be made to the appropriate authority for action in accordance with the law.
Care shall be taken by the committee to ensure that the victims of sexual harassment and the witnesses shall not be victimized while dealing with the complaint. The victims also have the option to seek transfer of the perpetrator or their own transfer.