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Gajendra Chauhan set to preside over key FTII meeting next month

The meeting will include discussions on ambitious vision plan to turn the institute into a “digital media university”.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published: June 26, 2016 4:01:11 am
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Exactly six months after it assumed charge, the Gajendra Chauhan-led Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will hold its second meeting at the campus on July 5.

The meeting, like the previous one, is likely to be stormy as several contentious proposals, including an ambitious vision plan to turn the institute into a “digital media university”, are slated to be discussed.

Although it was appointed on June 10, 2015, Chauhan-led FTII Society could only assume office on January 7 this year due to stiff resistance by the students who opposed the appointment of Chauhan and five others alleging they were “unfit” for the post which they had got because of their proximity to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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The first meeting of the GC, which took place on January 7 in the shadow of a four-month-long students’ strike, didn’t take up major issues, which range from academic backlogs, audit to vacancy in key posts.

B P Singh, an alumnus of the institute who was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the GC and Chairman of the Academic Council, had held a meeting of the academic council at the institute on June 1 where a proposal to convert the institute into a Digital Media University was discussed and approved.

The council also approved the new syllabus which aims to finish the courses on time and bring in Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to replace the present system of annual assessment.

“The Governing Council will take up the Digital Media University proposal which was put forward by Singh and got a go-ahead in the Academic Council. It will also take up the issue of appointment of a proctor as well as forming strict rules regarding hostel accommodation and conduct. New syllabus too needs an approval from the GC as the next academic session is about to start,” said a senior official with the institute.

Singh’s proposal envisages setting up of nine different “schools” under the aegis of FTII, which will offer 22 courses, including long-term master’s-level ones as well as short-term ones in film, television, radio, gaming and other such fields.

Currently, the institute offers 11 courses, seven on filmmaking and four on television production.

Chauhan, who called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday, couldn’t be reached for a comment.

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