Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Saturday continued their protest against the appointment of TV actor and BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the Governing Council of the institute. They said they would continue the indefinite strike, announced by the student body on Friday, till the issue was resolved, and expressed willingness to participate in a “dialogue”.
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“We propose to the ministry to reconsider its appointment and relook at the process of constituting the FTII society and its members. Until further clarity comes from the I&B Ministry, we will continue to stand by our demands… It is extremely sad that the government, rather than enhancing the stature of many premier institutes in the country, has constantly tried to undermine the autonomy of these institutes by appointing partisan people with no merit,” said Harishankar Nachimuthu, president of the Students’ Association of the institute.
“FTII is an institution of national and international repute and it’s obvious that a person of fitting reputation in the field of art and cinema should head it and decide on its future,” said Rakesh Shukla, a final-year student. Students also said they were willing to participate in a dialogue with the I&B Ministry.