03/06/2016 3:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

'Dictatorial Instructor' Tom Alter Resigns As Head Of FTII Acting Department

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PUNE -- Noted film and theatre personality Tom Alter has resigned from his post as head of the acting department in the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Alter emailed his resignation, citing preoccupation with other commitments that prevented him from devoting time to the FTII assignment, the institute's director Bhupendra Kainthola told PTI.

But Kainthola added that FTII management had not accepted Alter's resignation yet.

"I am trying to persuade him to withdraw his resignation," Kainthola said.

According to The Indian Express, a strained relationship with the students in the acting department was also a reason behind Alter's decision to resign.

Hindustan Times adds that students had refused to attend Alter’s classes as he had demanded 100 percent attendance. They called him "dictatorial" and said that he had "failed as an administrator".

On 23 May, Alter had a heated exchange with the students at the director’s office, after which he had threatened to resign.

Alter joined the institute as HOD of the Acting Department in November 2014.

(With agency inputs)