May 4, 2009 1:06:21 am
Final year students of Faculty of Fine Arts,MSU,gave final touches to their artworks for their annual exams this week. Well-known artists and juries from Shantiniketan and several universities will be evaluating the artworks for internal exams,which will start from Monday. For three days,the internal evaluation will take place. After which,the results will be finally put on display.
While students were busy settling last minutes nicknack for their installations,university authorities refused to comment on the security arrangements on campus.
Two years ago,Niraj Jain,a former Bajrang Dal leader who contested the civic elections on BJP ticket,along with his few supporters walked in Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA),had found some of the art installations objectionable.
All the works were by Chandra Mohan,a final year post graduate graphics department,who had put up around half a dozen of his art installations for the annual evaluation.
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The matter led to the suspension of Prof Shivaji Panikker,who was then the head of Art History department and was also the dean in-charge. Chandra Mohan was charged for promoting enmity under Section 153-A of Indian Penal Code. Prof Panikkers suspensions case is still going on in the Gujarat University Tribunal and Chandra Mohans result is still pending.
When asked about the security on the campus,Vice-Chancellor Prof Ramesh Goyal said,It is FFA Dean Prof Deepak Kannals duty to maintain the security during the exams. And he is paying attention to that.
While Prof Deepak Kannal refused to comment on the security matter,he said: How long will media fly kites regarding the Chandra Mohan issue? We are taking steps,it is an internal matter and not to be discussed.
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