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Miffed Adoor quits over film school issue

Kochi: Controversies continue to haunt the K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts with the latest being the exit of noted filmmakers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Girish Kasarvalli from it.
It was only a few days back that its director Shankar Mohan bid goodbye after students and some staff launched a campaign against him from December 5 seeking caste discrimination in the institution which has Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as president of its governing body.
Mohan quit on 21st before the committee submitted its report.
Gopalakrishnan, who handed over the resignation to Pinarayi Vijayan, was miffed over the allegations against Mohan who he said was insulted.
Gopalakrishnan said “the film institute was in shambles and Mohan had toiled hard to revive the institute in such a manner to convert it into one of the best film institutes in the country…”, media reports said.
Gopalkrishnan suspected a conspiracy behind the protests triggered by an employee who was on the verge of retirement.
He said the probe panel had not heard him or the director. On the other hand, Mohan said that he had taken action against the drug and liquor racket and had introduced a biometric attendance system. The film school was set up after demolishing a very old school building run by the NSS during the Congress-led UDF government at a cost of Rs 50 crores leading to protests by a section seeking to protect the heritage school.
Appointment of a top official in the institution had also triggered controversy during the UDF rule.

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