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I&B ministry’s team arrives at FTII, talks begin to end stalemate

Interestingly in the morning, director of the institute Prashant Patharbe had issued a diktat to security to not allow entry of media persons to the campus.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 21, 2015 1:32:11 pm
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A three-member committee from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry arrived at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) campus on Friday at around 10 am. The students of the institute are on strike over the past two months to protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman.

The delegation included SM Khan (Registrar of Newspapers of India), S Naganathan (Joint Secretary) and Anshu Shukla (Director, Films).

The delegation first had a meeting with staff association, that began around 10.30 am followed by a meeting with the Faculty TV Wing and Faculty Film Wing. Later in the day, the members are scheduled to meet student representatives and then FTII alumni association. Interestingly in the morning, director of the institute Prashant Patharbe had issued a diktat to security to not allow entry of media persons to the campus.

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The security officer, however, failed to present any written document relating to the diktat. After media created a ruckus, they were allowed inside the campus but not upto the administrative building where the meeting is taking place.

On Monday, the director had issued a similar diktat and had said, “We allowed the media inside the campus for two months but not anymore.”

Around 12 pm, members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) reached the campus to support the students. The members stated that because of the political pressure, the director of the institute filed a police complaint.

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