Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Following a five-day long agitation by students of the Psychology department of Utkal University, the authorities today discontinued all the academic & student-related activities of assistant professor, Maheswar Satpathy over complaints of mental harassment by students.

In a letter addressed to the post graduate students, Head of the Department Bhaswati Patnaik stated, “All academic and student related activities of the Department are hereby withdrawn from Maheswar Satpathy, Asst Professor, Department of Psychology with immediate effect till a report is submitted by the enquiry committee.”

An enquiry committee has been formed to probe the allegations and submit a report within October 31, said sources.

On the other hand, Satpathy alleged that he has been a victim of conspiracy.

"I am very determined and the truth will prevail. I have tolerated enough of mental harassment and will tolerate no more. I have already talked to the university administration and they will take further steps," said Satpathy.

It is not for the first time that Satpathy has landed in a controversy. In April this year, the varsity authorities had reprimanded him for disclosing marks of some students on social media before the official declaration of results by the university and even criticising the authorities at regular intervals.