Protest continues at FTII; agitators say ‘Mr Modi we don’t want your puppet’

FTII students' protest continued for the third day today against the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the new chairman of its governing council.

By: Press Trust of India | Pune | Updated: June 14, 2015 7:35 pm
FTII, FTII  protest, Gajendra Chauhan, Gajendra Chauhan ftii, latest news, bjp, film and television institute of india A sign outside the FTTI campus, in Pune Friday. (Source: Express Network by Arul Horizon)

FTII students’ protest continued for the third day today against the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the new chairman of its governing council.

After Friday’s flash strike boycotting classes, about 150 students gathered on the campus today to gather support for their agitation. They also raised slogans and displayed placards condemning Chauhan’s appointment.

Alluding to the BJP affiliation of Chauhan, one of the posters put at the gate of FTII said: “Mr Modi we don’t want your puppet”.

Earlier, they had demanded the appointment of Chauhan be revoked, calling it a “political appointment”.

However, Chauhan, who played the role of ‘Yudhishthir’ in popular television serial “Mahabharat”, told PTI today that he would try to discuss the matter with the students.

FTII students’ association president Harishankar Nachiputhu said, “It is extremely sad that rather than enhancing stature of the institution, the government is trying to undermine its autonomy by partisan appointments of people with no merit.”

He urged the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to “reconsider the appointment of Chauhan and also relook at the process of constituting FTII society and its members.”

The students’ association, in a statement, also claimed that Chauhan lacked academic, administrative and artistic credentials in the field of film education.

The students’ association said their protest will continue till they get a positive response to the issues raised by them from the authorities, canceling Chauhan’s appointment.

“I have experience of 34 years in the industry I would like to share that for the better. I think I have been chosen because I am capable for the job assigned to me. It is not correct for them (protesting students) to say that I don’t have vision,” Chauhan said.

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    N Choudhary
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm
    1. Anand Sudan
      Jun 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm
      If these students are not study in the insute headed by the person selected by the govt, let them study in other insutes where its head is being selected by he students.
      1. Anand Sudan
        Jun 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm
        The authorities concerned will decide who will head an insution, not the students. This not the election to the students union of the insute. No need to reconsider the decision. Government should not reconsider its decision.
        1. K
          Jun 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm
          Those students who do not want to be in the insute due to a particular person taking up the position of Chairman, they are free to leave the insute for good. They are no one to decide as to who should be the Chairman. Moreover, Mr Chauhan has not yet started working; therefore, how can they say that he is not good. Will the students of Kalakshetra object when Leela Sampson was appointed as the Director of the Insute. Her main qualification was she had taught dance to Priyanka Vadra.
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            Anurag Srivastava
            Jun 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm
            Why should government run an insution from where the p outs enter into the film industry and earn quite a lot. But in turn they do no pay anything to the society. Government money more & more should be used for the upliftment of poor. In fact all the three persons recommended were the wrong choices. People of this type when they enter into government try to fleece the latter in the forms of perks & facilities. They also do not understand Government rules & regulations and if it is pointed to them by the juniors, they treast as their insults. An administrator should head FTII.
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