Adoor Gopalakrishnan resigns as chairperson of Kerala's film institute
January 31, 2023  18:07
Renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on Tuesday announced his resignation as chairman of the KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts, days after its director -- Shankar Mohan -- quit following complaints of caste discrimination against him by a section of students and staff. 

Gopalakrishnan -- a Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner -- while announcing his resignation, at a press conference here -- from the institute, also threw his weight behind Mohan by saying the latter was a well respected and distinguished professional who has been at the helm of various government-run film institutions in the last four decades. 

The filmmaker further said Mohan had diligently worked with him during the last three years to bring the institution back from the edge of ruin and turn it into one of the best film institutes in the country. 

"It is such a professional whom we invited here and then forced him to leave by levelling baseless, false and derogatory allegations against him and insulting him," Gopalakrishnan said while speaking to the media in Thiruvananthapuram. 

The filmmaker also raised doubts regarding the findings of an initial enquiry committee, constituted by the higher education department, and the subsequent inquiry commission, appointed on his request by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, to look into the matter. 

Gopalakrishnan contended that the committee never included him or Mohan in their enquiry and the commission too did not appear to have carried out a proper investigation into the issue. 

He also said those who thought that curtains would fall on the issue with the resignation of Mohan, were wrong. In the wake of his announcement, state higher education minister R Bindu said she saw no reason for Gopalakrishnan to resign from his post in protest against the government as it was with his consent that the inquiry commission was appointed. -- PTI
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