Bengaluru: Giridhar Madras, senior professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has been retired compulsorily over allegations of sexually harassing a PhD student, IISc said.

Giridhar, who was in the IISc for over twenty years, is the recipient of several awards and is also a noted chemical engineer. He has over 10,000 citations to his name.

The internal complaints committee of the IISc, which investigated the matter, found truth in the complaint, the institute said, without naming the professor.

"A complaint was received from a PhD student about sexual harassment by a senior professor. The complaint was inquired into by the internal complaints committee of the institute," IISc said in a statement.

The complaint had mentioned that Giridhar had made sexually intended remarks against her and had called her at night, multiple times.

The governing council, being the appointing authority for faculty, deliberated on the inquiry report and resolved to compulsorily retire the faculty member with immediate effect, it said.

"The orders were served on the faculty member on October 22, 2018, and he stands compulsorily retired," it said.

The IISc authorities did not mention whether he would be entitled to retirement benefits.