A three-hour meeting between the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and protesting students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) ended on an inconclusive note yet again on Tuesday.
The meeting took place as FTII students continued their strike for the 131st day against TV actor Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chairman.
The meeting, which was chaired by I&B Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore had the state questioning how students from the 2008 batch had not completed their course yet and the students questioning the appointment of Chauhan and four other FTII society members.
“Even if we have to hire more studios or if we have to provide them Doordarshan studios in Mumbai, the main thing is that students should pass this course, get diplomas and do something in their life. This is the most important thing for students,” Rathore told The Times of India.
“As at the time this strike began, the students of FTII continue to believe that the appointments in the FTII society are thoroughly unjust and lack credibility with the same conviction and clarity of thought. That we have not succeeded in getting the powers that be to understand the fact that the students’ core demand are the best way to move forward in the best interest of the institute can now less be attributed to an effort on the students part and more to an unwillingness of the authorities to understand the academic and artistic concerns of the students or an inability to act upon them.” a statement from the students read.
Another meeting is likely to occur between the two parties soon.
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