THE FILM and Television Institute of India (FTII), rocked by campus protests last year, has made it mandatory for all new students to submit a “general conduct” affidavit that bars them from violating the “decorum and decency on the campus” and “insulting” faculty members.
Senior students said this was the first time that such an affidavit has been listed. Both FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan and Director Bhupendra Kainthola were not available for comment.
The affidavit is among five affidavits that have to be submitted by the students on a Rs-100 stamp paper. “…I agree to maintain decorum and decency on the campus, including in hostel and staff residential areas, and in any circumstances would not be insulting to the faculty, staff members and elders,” it says.
“I understand that the institute has full right to initiate disciplinary proceedings against me for violation of any of its rules & regulation by me,” says the “self-declaration affidavit by the candidate for general conduct on FTII campus”.
The final results of the entrance examination were declared last week, and the admission process is currently on.
The affidavit also makes it clear that hostel accommodation is not the right of a student. “I understand that accommodation in FTII may be provided only on the basis of its availability, subject to fulfilling other terms and conditions,” it says.
Another important clause of the affidavit states that the students must pay “pay all kinds of fees 100 per cent in advance” and “not bring any kind of external and/or emotional pressure on FTII for any exemption”.
Other affidavits include an anti-ragging undertaking to be signed by the student, another anti-ragging undertaking to be signed by the parent, an undertaking on authenticity of documents, and another on not continuing education or employment at any other educational institute or body.
“This is obviously a knee-jerk reaction by the administion to the protests against Gajendra Chauhan. We don’t agree with such arm-twisting methods employed by the administration, aimed at instilling fear in the minds of the freshers. They expect the students to be subservient and not question them. The language of the affidavit is patriarchal and not in the spirit of a post-graduate programme,” said a spokesperson of the FTII Students’ Union.
Earlier this month, the FTII Governing Council had passed some statutes that aim to “bring discipline among the students” and also cleared the appointment of a Proctor who would have the power to rusticate students.