Centre Plans to Tackle FTII Stir Institutionally

With a controversy raging over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman, the Centre is thinking of ways to institutionally address the problems.

Published: 05th August 2015 03:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2015 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI:  With a controversy raging over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman, the Centre is thinking of ways to institutionally address the problems.

Sources said in some cases, students who should have passed out long ago were overstaying as they have not finished their degree courses. So they would be given their certificates and asked to leave soon.

No convocation has been held in the FTII since 1997. On an average, the government spends `11.08 lakh on each student.

There have been 39 strikes in the last 55 years of FTII history, official sources said.

“There are concerns about non-completion of courses in time, no intake for some years due to backlog, overstay of students in the hostels even after their course completion and repeated agitations over any attempt to introduce administrative and academic restructuring to foster academic discipline on the campus,” Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The oldest batch of 2008 is still pursuing their course of three-year postgraduation course. Till recently, about 40 students of 2008 and 2009 batches were overstaying in the hostel, even after their courses were completed, the reply said.

“They vacated the hostels only after administrative action was taken,” Rathore said.

Rathore also cited complaints from the faculty members about being threatened, late night parties at FTII, theft of valuable equipment and damage to property by the students.

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