Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s move to appoint creator of crime investigation series ‘CID’, BP Singh, as a vice president of FTII society is aimed at building confidence among students about Ministry’s intentions and to do a damage control without taking the risk of being seen as ‘weak’. Coming six months after the appointment of television actor Gajendra Chauhan and five others close to either RSS or BJP, the decision to appoint an FTII alumnus as the vice-chairman and president of Academic Council failed to evoke any positive response from students.
Had the announcement come during the strike and protest period, it would have helped the Ministry to salvage the situation and minimise the damage that the four-month long strike did to the academics and reputation of the institute. The strike added to another blot of ‘zero year’ to a shabby record of following the academic schedule.
Appointment of Singh as President of Academic Council also comes as a vindication of the stance taken by the students that Chauhan is not fit enough to head and steer the premier film institute in the country.
Also, although Singh is an alumnus of the institute he doesn’t enjoy any favour from the students nor does they think of him in the line of masters such as Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Saeed Mirza and U Anantmurthy.
This, however, is not going to cause any fresh wave of protest.
According to students, since the time the strike was revoked, the students have busied themselves with efforts to make up for the loss the strike period caused to their academics. Thursday’s protests too had not have happened had the students were not egged by the police notices to them “to stay away from any kind of agitation” and staff association (apparently supported by institute administration) planning a grant procession to welcome Chauhan.
“From tomorrow, we return to our busy schedule. We have made our point time and again, but sadly, to a blind government,” said Ajayan Adat, a final year student.