Kerala film institute row: Protesting students, govt reach consensus; tussle with Chairman to remain

Protesting students-Adoor Gopalakrishnan / Photos: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The students' protest against alleged caste discrimination at the KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA), Kottayam has been called off on Monday.

The protest that stretched for 50 days has been called off after a meeting with higher education minister R Bindu. The minister said that the recommendations of the K Jayakumar committee, which studied the allegations, will be implemented.

“One of the main demands of the protesting students was the removal of the director. He resigned the other day,” she said. The minister added that an order has been issued to form a search committee for appointing the new director.

Bindu pointed out that swift action will be taken to fill the vacant seats in the reserved category.

Meanwhile, the students had raised 14 other demands. Reacting to the development protesting students' representative Sreedev Suprakash said that they have received a written assurance from the minister regarding the demands. However, he pointed out that they will not cooperate with the institute chairman Adoor Gopalakrishnan. They said that Gopalakrishnan’s words and stand over the issues were not right.

Their major demands included the formation of an expert committee to study the academic complaints.

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