FTII Row: ‘Appointment of chairman govt’s prerogative, students should accept it’

Refusing to comment on Gajendra Chauhan’s credentials, Narain said, “I have no personal views about him.”

Written by Garima Mishra | Pune | Published: June 19, 2015 1:32 am
ftii, ftii pune, Film and Television Institute of India, ftii row, ftii chairman row, ftii strike, ftii protest, ftii news, india news, pune news DJ Narain, director of FTII, during Idea Exchange on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

Even as he emphasised he was not in a position to take sides, DJ Narain, director, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), said that appointing the chairman of the governing council is government’s prerogative and as the director of the institute it is his job to ensure it was implemented.

When asked whose side is he on – the students or the government – Narain categorically said, “It is immaterial to say who is right, who is wrong or what’s my choice. The government has appointed the chairman and has constituted the society. Unfortunately, the students have protested against the move. It is the prerogative of the government to make the appointment and the students should accept the decision. As a government official, it’s my duty to ensure that the government orders are implemented. I am hoping we arrive at a solution which is acceptable to all.”

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Refusing to comment on Gajendra Chauhan’s credentials, Narain said, “I have no personal views about him.”

With the students continuing their protests and the strike about to complete a week on Friday, Narain said he is in the process of finding a way out of the problem. He said he has been continuously talking to students and has been advising them not to take any extreme step. Students should discontinue their strike as it is not the best solution and one should not expect solutions in black and white all the time, he added.

He said the protest does not have any political colour and hopes that students also do not politicise the issue.

When asked would he take any action if the strike continued for 10 more days, he said, “It’s a hypothetical question and I will not answer it. I will dread this situation and it will be a sad moment for me.”

On Narendra Pathak’s appointment as one of the members of newly formed FTII Film Society, given that in the past some of the students of FTII were beaten up by members of ABVP, he said, “I would not like to answer this question.”

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    TIHAEwale
    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:36 am
    Director has rightly said it is Govt right to appoint Chairman. What is to be seen if the Chairman tries to do some thing contrary to ideals of the FTII then of course the misdeed should be exposed and fought.
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      Ex-FTII
      Jun 19, 2015 at 11:05 am
      Sitting in a govt office. Working on an audio video project. Knowing that not even a single soul in the govt understands the project and takes meetings under various committees without knowing or understanding consequences. The govt hardly understands anything to do with art.
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        Lovely
        Jun 19, 2015 at 10:43 am
        It is govt prerogative.Students have no role. This sttrike is inspired by Left , Pappu and other Left fringe groups.
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          Peoples Person
          Jun 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm
          Please quote your RSS / BJP membership no. in your comments.. That way it will be easier to identify bhakts like you.
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