FTII Students Ends Hunger Strike,Government Confirms Talks on September 29

Published: 27th September 2015 02:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2015 05:42 PM   |  A+A-


Protesting students in FTII addressing media in Pune. |PTI


PUNE: Agitating Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students here on Sunday ended their hunger strike after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry confirmed that a meeting would take place on September 29 at 11 a.m.

The students want their demands including the removal of actor Gajendra Chauhan from the institute’s chairmanship, resolved.

“We have received an email today that there will be a dialogue on September 29,” said FTII student Himanshu who was on hunger strike.

"Strike will continue, but we are calling off hunger strike after I&B ministry sent letter," said another student Vikas Urs.

Students have been opposing Chauhan's appointment as they say he is not qualified enough to head the institute. They have also objected to his political affiliations with various Hindu organisations, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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