FTII row: No result of talks between Govt, students

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015,17:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The first round of talks between the Government and the students of the Film and Television Institute of India and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on the ongoing stalemate over the appointment of Television actor Gajendra Chauhan today ended without any result with the Government calling them for another round of talks, members of the FTII students association said.
The Government had called the striking students for fresh talks on the issue at Mumbai.
Members of the FTII students association said that another round of discussions with the Government would be held on October 1.
The FTII students association said during the meeting with the students, the Government said it would deliberate on the issues raised by the students.
Sources in the association said in course of the talks with the students, the government, stuck to the decision on Chauhan’s appointment.
At the same time, a proposal has been mooted to create a post of co-chairman.
After the fresh offer of talks from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the agitating students had called off their 18-day-old hunger strike on September 27.
Ahead of the talks, the FTII students yesterday presented to the ministry a list of signatories of national and international repute, including well-known American philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky, who have expressed support for their cause.
The students have been protesting for the last over three months against the appointment of Chauhan, who is best known only for his role as Yudhisthir in BR Chopra’s TV series Mahabharat.
The students are also demanding that the FTII society be dissolved and search committees be set up with a transparent process in place to look into the appointments of the chairperson and members. They are also demanding that FTII be given the status of a premium national institute like the IIT and the IIM and that no bureaucrat should be appointed as FTII director.
Among the personalities who signed the students’ letter in support yesterday are: Noam Chomsky, Columbia University professor, prominent academic Partha Chatterjee, and Indian historian and journalist Vijay Prashad; film personalities Vidya Balan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Dibakar Bannerjee.