New Delhi(PTI): The FTII authorities here have received a communication from the Information and Broadcasting…
New Delhi,Amrita Nayak Dutta: The ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) on Thursday came out with two compromise formula for the students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), amid the months-long standoff between the two over ‘contentious’ appointments like that of Gajendra Chauhan and five others to the FTII society.
One of them was the FTII society’s decision in Pune to appoint CID-famed BP Singh as the chairman of the institute’s academic council as well as the vice-chairman of the society. Singh is an alumnus of FTII. This is the first time the institute’s academic council would have a different head than that of the governing council.
The other negotiating idea thrown at the students was to leave out other controversial appointments of members with alleged BJP affiliation such as Rahul Solapurkar, Anagha Ghaisas and Sailesh Gupta of the institute’s governor council.
However, Narendra Pathak –whose appointment the students had vehemently objected to –was nominated as governing council member. Pathak –a former AVBP chief – has been the editor of a Marathi magazine for 14 years. He was appointed in the category of ‘persons with eminence’.
Sources from the I&B ministry pegged the move as ‘curtailing’ of Chauhan’s power. A senior I&B ministry official said during negotiations, student representatives had at times questioned Chauhan’s capabilities to act as the chief of the academic council.
“With Singh heading the FTII academic Council, such issues won’t arise. He studied film making at FTII and is a veteran. It will solve many of the concerns raised by the students,” the official said.
The students, however, were hardly impressed by the ministry’s bargains, and said they won’t solve any of their concerns.
“They may have appointed BP Singh as the academic council head, but he will very much be taking the opinion of the governing council head in every decision he takes.