Kottayam Collector orders to shut KR Narayanan institute for 2 weeks as students announce hunger strike


Kottayam: District Collector has ordered the temporary closure of the KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Sciences and Arts (KRNNIVSA) at Pallikkathode, where students are on an indefinite strike demanding the removal of its principal. castes

Dr. PK Jayashree on Friday ordered to keep the institute closed from December 24 (Saturday) to January 8. The students, who had announced a hunger strike from December 25, made a decision.

The order also asked the students to vacate their shelters within the said period. The director of the institute has been directed to comply with the order.

“The action has been taken on the basis of Section 81 of the Kerala Police Act, 2011. The students have been on strike since December 5. The action has been taken on the basis of the sub-collector’s report, saying that there may be untoward incidents. They will happen after the students announce their hunger strike from December 25,” he said. an official notice

The student council of Pallikkathode high school in Thekkumthala, Kottayam has gone on an indefinite strike demanding the removal of former actor and filmmaker Shankar Mohan from the post of principal of the high school for casteist mentality on several occasions.

The charges against him include forcing the institute’s sanitation workers to do household chores such as cleaning toilets in the principal’s private residence, violating reservation rules for admitting students and showing caste discrimination against students and staff.

KRNNIVSA is an autonomous institute established by the Kerala government. The students started the protest after a group of sanitation workers opposed the principal.

Clashes between the students and the administration escalated after the institute canceled the accommodation organized for students participating in the International Film Festival of Kerala held in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this month.

Shankar Mohan has yet to respond to the allegations against him. However, renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the president of the institute, has denied all the allegations. In interviews with some web portals, he said that behind the accusations was a section of workers and students who are afraid of losing their jobs.

Mohan is credited for bringing discipline to the institute. The students, in an open letter, accused Adoori of shielding Mohan.

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