Shankar Mohan resigns as head of film school in Kottayam


Students at the state-owned film school KR Narayanan Visual Science and Arts Institute have been protesting since December 5, 2022, demanding the resignation of Mohan over alleged caste discrimination. File.

Students at the state-owned film school KR Narayanan Visual Science and Arts Institute have been protesting since December 5, 2022, demanding the resignation of Mohan over alleged caste discrimination. File. | | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

In the eyes of a storm beyond suspicion Caste discrimination in academiaShankar Mohan has stepped down as director of the KR Narayanan Institute of Visual Science and Arts, Tekmutara, Kottayam.

Official sources said Mohan went to the prime minister’s office in Thiruvanatapuram around noon on Saturday to hand over his resignation. A copy was sent to Minister of Higher Education R. Bindu.

Students at the State Film School here have demanded Mr Mohan’s resignation on charges of caste discrimination since December 5, 2022, and have continued to protest against forcing groups of women workers to do domestic work. increase.

But Mohan has denied all charges. Meanwhile, from the very beginning of the protest, he had the firm support of the chairman of the Institute, Adol Gopalakrishnan. Protesters also Last month’s demonstration at the Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) venue at Thiruvananthapuram.

The state government then appointed a two-member commission, headed by former Commissioner K. Jayakumar, to investigate the allegations. The commission said he submitted his report a week ago, but the state government has yet to act on the same report.

However, Mr Mohan had already hinted that he was not very keen on continuing the post, given the endless outcry. He lashed out at the committee for preparing the

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