Chauhan takes charge as FTII chairman

Police detained 40 students for blocking Chauhan's way

Chauhan takes charge as FTII chairman

As Gajendra Chauhan took charge as the Chairman of FTII amid protests, the government made an attempt to defuse the seven-month-long crisis by appointing B P Singh, the director-producer of hugely-popular teleserial CID as his deputy. 

Nearly seven months after his appointment, 59-year-old Chauhan, who is mostly known for his role of Yudhisthir in B R Chopra’s “Mahabharat”, entered the FTII campus and chaired two important meetings—that of the FTII Governing Council and FTII Society.

B P Singh, the man behind CID, the longest running TV serial of India, was elected as the vice chairman of the FTII Governing Council and Vice President of the FTII Society. It was also decided to nominate  Singh as the chairman of the Academic Council.

Besides Singh, the FTII Society also decided to nominate Rajkumar Hirani, Satish Shah, Pranjal Saikia, Narendra Pathak and Bhawana Somaiyya to the governing council.

Those who attended the meeting on Thursday include Chauhan, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor Dr Subhash Sharma, Joint Secretary (Films) Sanjay Murthy. Among the ex-officio members DG Films Division Mukesh Sharma, FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe, OSD Ministry of I&B Chaitanya Prasad, CEO, Children’s Films Society Shravan Kumar, and director of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute Sanjay Pattnayak.

Earlier in the day, the police resorted to mild caning and rounded up around 40 students as they attempted to block the way of Chauhan. Students shouted slogans “Go back Chauhan”, “chale jao, chale jao" and “Chauhan murdabad”. Some posters also said: “Tyranny of the Elected” and “Silent Emergency”.

The FTII Students Association (FSA), however, made it clear that their protests against Chauhan will continue. “Our core demand was to put the newly appointed society in abeyance and to set proper criteria and procedure to appoint the FTII society and it still remains the same. We have been targeted by the state and the administration for questioning these unjust appointments which is actually a threat to the institutional autonomy and academics of FTII,” the FSA said.
 

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