FTII students want next round of talks with Centre at institute

Students conveyed it to the ministry that it’s not possible for them to travel to Delhi for a fourth time to meet government officials.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: September 21, 2015 12:00:14 am

STUDENTS OF the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have conveyed to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) that the proposed meet to resolve the current stand-off can only happen at the institute in Pune or in Mumbai.

Students conveyed it to the ministry that it’s not possible for them to travel to Delhi for a fourth time to meet government officials. They said that they have conveyed to Joint Secretary Sanjay Murthy who is in touch with students that either Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore or any other senior official from the ministry who has decision-making powers, can visit the campus or they can meet in Mumbai to carry forward the talks.

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“The ball is in their court now. None of us feel that we should again pack our bags and travel to Delhi leaving behind our friends who are fasting for the last 11 days. It’s high time that Rajyavardhan Rathore should visit the institute and give us a hearing. We have been told orally that the meeting could happen on Tuesday or Wednesday. We told them that it could either be at the institute or in Mumbai which will be convenient for us,” said Harishankar Nachimuthu, president of FTII students’ body.

Meanwhile, another student who had been on hunger strike since September 16, was hospitalised after his health deteriorated. Priyankar Basu, a Television Sound student, developed emesis after which he was shifted to a hospital.

“Early in the morning, he (Priyankar) started to throw up repeatedly. His blood sugar level had gone down. He was feeling nausea, giddiness and tightness of muscles. Looking at his condition, we took him to a private hospital,” said Ashwani Sharma, a Film Sound student.

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