Tom Al­ter quits FTII act­ing dept post

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yo­gesh Joshi yo­gesh.joshi@hin­dus­tan­

PUNE: Fol­low­ing se­ri­ous dis­agree­ment with stu­dents, ac­tor Tom Al­ter re­signed as head of the act­ing de­part­ment at the Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII). The FTII ad­min­is­tra­tion, while con­firm­ing Al­ter’s res­ig­na­tion, said, “It is yet to be ac­cepted.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bri­jen­dra Pal Singh, chair­man of the FTII aca­demic coun­cil, the stu­dents had re­fused to at­tend Al­ter’s classes be­cause he had sought 100% at­ten­dance.

FTII stu­dents, how­ever, ac­cused Al­ter of us­ing “dic­ta­to­rial ways” and fail­ing as an ad­min­is­tra­tor, as a re­sult of which they had to suf­fer.

Al­ter’s res­ig­na­tion is the latest stand­point be­tween stu­dents and FTII man­age­ment as the in­sti­tute sim­mers again af­ter the aca­demic coun­cil proposed to bring in a new syl­labus, among some other pro­pos­als.

The man­age­ment sug­gested shift­ing to a choice-based credit sys­tem and ex­tra mea­sures to main­tain dis­ci­pline on the cam­pus.

The stu­dents were also re­cently on strike to op­pose the ap­point­ment of Ga­jen­dra Chauhan as in­sti­tute chair­man.

Sources said on May 23, stu­dents mis­be­haved with Al­ter af­ter a scuf­fle with him in the direc­tor’s of­fice.

At that point, the ac­tor threat­ened to re­sign. In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter sent through an email, Al­ter main­tained that be­cause of other com­mit­ments, he was “un­able to find time for aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties.”


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