My good wishes are with Anupam Kher: Gajendra Chauhan, ex-FTII chairman

Strikes at FTII Pune

Sparking another controversy over what has become custom after every FTII chairman, the students' association at the Film and Television Institute of India (FSA) has questioned Anupam Kher's appointment as he also runs his own acting school in Mumbai.

The development on the campus has coincided with Kher's appointment, which the students have questioned. Along with the faculties, he would be helping the students for the betterment. His grandfather used to say him that "A busy man has a time for everything". Following the sit-in protests by students in front of Director's office, the FTII relented and said the five students could continue to stay on in the hostel.

It has been a year since the syllabus has been in place so a proper audit of the new syllabus has to be done and such issues need to be rectified. Moreover, he said that this is the not the first time when he is handling an administrative post. In case of a sixth day, at times the light-men are not paid now.

-Faculties are hired on contractual basis and fear that they could be sacked any moment. This results in dearth in the number of staff for the institute to run properly. Faculties and staff are not getting salaries on time.

The letter alleges that five students were suspended without any show cause notice because they meant to question the changes in exercise norms. The three-day-eight-hour shift has been reduced to a two-day-twelve-hour shift which would be exhausting and also inhuman to force the lightmen, carpenters, painters and make up artists and actors to work at such a stretch.

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Limitations to the resources, and changes to subjects and exercises that are putting undue pressure on the students to finish assignments on time, and therefore leading to a lot of stress.

However, the students have chose to boycott the "dialogue exercise". Considering that the students are the primary stakeholders and voting members in the academic council, this move to exclude the student representatives is unconstitutional.

The last issue raised in the letter reads: "FTII has been producing filmmakers who are working at various platforms".

While wishing to know Mr. Kher's take on " issues persisting in the iconic institute", the letter expressed concern at how the institute was being reduced to an establishment that allegedly ran "short-term crash courses for generation of funds". Some choose to work in industry and others find alternate ways. "A government institute that exists to provide education to students from all section shouldn't be driven by the agenda of funds generation, which now seems to be the aim of these courses which has also been the case with government-run institute/universities across the nation", said the letter.

As a part of the curriculum, the second-year students from direction, cinematography, sound design, editing and art direction have to shoot a short film.

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