May shut down FTII Pune for some time, says director Prashant Pathrabe

Students say I&B ministry unable to explain appointments.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Updated: July 22, 2015 7:20 am
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With students continuing their protests, the Film and Television Institute of India (ftii) is contemplating “strong action” that could include rusticating the students or temporarily shutting down the institute.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has also conveyed to the students — through the FTII administration — that since they are “inflexible” on their demand for the removal of the society chairman, Gajendra Chauhan, and other appointees, there would be no dialogue with them.

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“Since the students are adamant on their stand, it doesn’t seem like they will end their strike anytime soon. If they don’t, the government would be left with no choice but to take strong action like rusticating the students or shutting down the institute temporarily,” the institute’s newly-appointed director, Prashant Pathrabe said. The strong action, he added, is being contemplated at the government level as “patience is running thin”.

But before initiating any drastic measure, the FTII administration said “all efforts” would be made to convince the students to end their agitation. “From the initial discussions, I have gathered that the students are inflexible and adamant on their stand. I had thought that once I take over, the students would climb down a bit at least. But I am dejected they haven’t, they continue to stick to their stand despite my appeal to call off the strike,” he added.

He, however, denied any political hand behind the agitation.

Meanwhile, the agitating students said the I&B ministry had failed to justify its action of making political appointments.

“How does it justify the appointments? What is the rationale behind making these appointments ? The ministry has refused to respond to these posers and also refused to hold discussions on the principal demand raised by us. We will be flexible, but let them first come forth on our first demand. It is the ministry which should adopt a flexible stand,” said Ranjit Nair, a student representative. He added that the students would deliberate on the government’s plan to shut down the institute temporarily and then decide the future course of action.

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