Talks fail to resolve FTII deadlock

Talks fail to resolve FTII deadlock

The meeting of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students here on Tuesday failed to achieve any immediate breakthrough to end the four-month-long impasse over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its Chairman.

“The kind of interaction we had with the FTII students today, I believe that the problems will be resolved soon,”  Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said after the meeting.

Both the ministry and the FTII students’ delegation discussed the “complex issues” during the meeting, but refrained from sharing details with the media.

  At the meeting, the Ministry raised the issue of 2008-batch students not completing their diploma programme by keeping their film shooting projects pending despite the several notices served to them by the authorities.

As the 2008-batch had now gone beyond the normal time frame to complete their diploma programmes, the ministry told the students’ delegation that it would make all arrangements required to help them complete their course.

 “Even if we have to hire more studios or allow them to use facilities at Doordarshan studios in Mumbai, the main thing is that students should pass this course, get diplomas and do something in their life. This is the most important thing for students,” Rathore said.

At the meeting, the students said that they reiterated their demand for removal of Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman of the FTII society and some other members in its governing board, but refrained from sharing with media details about the ministry’s response. 

“We have discussed all appointments, including the appointment of Chauhan, and all other issues. The ministry has said they will go back and discuss and we will also go back to our campus and discuss all this,” Vikas Urs, who was part of the FTII delegation, told reporters after the meeting.

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