Six months after assuming charge, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Wednesday said he was determined to do the job assigned to him and claimed that strikes by students will only hurt their own interests.
“I am working as hard as the chairman and am determined to do my duty. I have chaired two meetings of the governing council so far. We have already passed a new vision document, some statues and a new semester system,” Chauhan, who was in the city for a film shoot, said.
Chauhan had assumed office in January, seven months after his appointment due to opposition from students who claimed that he was unfit for the post.
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“I believe in students’ power but they can be easily influenced and manipulated by anti-socials. Even now I don’t know why the unrest in FTII took place at all. Strikes are not the solution to any problem. Every issue can be solved through dialogue. Strikes go against the interest of students,” he said.
Asked about the transfer of Smriti Irani from the Ministry of Human Resource Development to Textiles Ministry, Chauhan said the BJP government was like a family where responsibilities keep on changing. “I think the Textile Ministry is no less than the HRD Ministry. Her shifting to the textile ministry is equivalent to a promotion. She has handled all the issues in a fantastic manner as the HRD minister,” he said, adding that if people were raising issues against her, it meant she was working well.
Chauhan was shooting for Bengali film ‘Danga’ based on the communal unrest of 1946, in which he will be portraying the role of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Jan Sangh.