The FTII Society president (present appointee Gajendra Chauhan) is responsible for the following:
The Society president conducts a poll among its members to chose 13 members for the governing council. The council is the apex body responsible for making all major policy decisions. The Society president is the de facto chairman of the governing council.
The chairman is also the head of the academic council of the institute, which is responsible for formulation of academic policies and plans, including for designing the syllabi for various courses.
“This is why we are worried about the present appointments, not just of Chauhan as president of the Society but also of four other members on the Society,” said Vikas Urs, a student, questioning the reputation of these members. “The FTII is in the process of revising the syllabus and it’s at its last stage. The academic council has made some decisions and this time we need a society and a chairman who will have a vision to ratify and improvise the changes. They also need to make a financial allocation for the required infrastructural improvements. Hence we need someone who understands the changing aesthetics of cinema.”
Selection of FTII director
The Society president is part of the I &B Ministry panel that interviews the candidates for director. The ministry panel is scheduled to meet on Monday to decide a new director to succeed D J Narain.
The chairman heads the standing finance committee which, as per the Rules of FTII, is responsible for governing income and expenditure of the institute, floating of tenders as well as creation of new posts.
The governing council and the chairman are also responsible for the preparing the annual report and submitting it to the I&B Ministry, which in turn is required to place it in Parliament for approval. This financial year, the government failed to place the annual report in the absence of a president.