New FTII row as stu­dents to boy­cott di­a­logue ex­er­cise

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Yo­gesh Joshi Yo­gesh.joshi@hin­dus­tan­

FRESH CHAL­LENGE Five stu­dents served no­tice to va­cate hos­tel What the ad­min­is­tra­tion is say­ing is not fea­si­ble for stu­dents. There­fore, we have de­cided not to at­tend the di­a­logue ex­er­cise ROBIN JOY, pres­i­dent, FTII

Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion

PUNE: Within hours of vet­eran ac­tor Anu­pam Kher be­ing ap­pointed as chair­man of the Pune-based Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII), the in­sti­tute has wit­nessed a fresh flash­point, trig­ger­ing yet an­other con­tro­versy. Around 47 FTII stu­dents from the film wing of 2016 batch, have de­cided to boy­cott di­a­logue ex­er­cise, a manda­tory part of the third se­mes­ter project, af­ter the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­fused to ac­cept their de­mand of ex­tend­ing it to three days per batch in­stead of two.

Af­ter the stu­dents re­fused to at­tend the di­a­logue ex­er­cise, the ad­min­is­tra­tion even served no­tices to five stu­dents ask­ing them to va­cate the hos­tel. On Thurs­day, the FTII ad­min­is­tra­tion re­voked no­tices and even tried to of­fer al­ter­nate op­tions to the stu­dents to ac­com­mo­date some of their de­mands. The stu­dents, how­ever, re­mained adamant on their stand of not at­tend­ing di­a­logue ex­er­cise meet­ings.

“There is a dead­lock here af­ter stu­dents have re­fused to ac­cept our pro­posal. We are now star­ing at a pos­si­bil­ity of back­log,” said FTII di­rec­tor Bhu­pen­dra Kainthola. At present, stu­dents have to en­gage for 12-hours for two days while the stu­dents have de­manded that the ex­er­cise be ex­tended to three days with eight hours ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day.

“Our pur­pose to keep it for two days is to fin­ish the se­mes­ter on time so as to pre­vent back­log,” said Amit Tyagi, dean, FTII.

The in­sti­tute has of­ten been in the news for back­log - three-year batch stretch­ing over six years. In 2016, the ad­min­is­tra­tion took some firm steps and ended the back­log, al­low­ing fresh ad­mis­sions. “What the ad­min­is­tra­tion is say­ing is not fea­si­ble for stu­dents. There­fore, we have de­cided not to at­tend the di­a­logue ex­er­cise,” said Robin Joy, pres­i­dent, FTII stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

Af­ter the stu­dents took a firm stand, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said that if the stu­dents do not par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­ity, they will miss it and in no cir­cum­stances will be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate later.

The de­vel­op­ment on the cam­pus has co­in­cided with Kher’s ap­point­ment, which the stu­dents have ques­tioned. The stu­dents have also writ­ten an open let­ter to Kher rais­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues that “af­fect them”.

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