FTII row: Students, alumni meet Arun Jaitley; say response was positive but inconclusive

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumni and students met with the Information &Broadcast minister Arun Jaitley over the issue of appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the Chairman of the institute.

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2015, 20:33 PM IST

New Delhi: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumni and students met with the Information &Broadcast minister Arun Jaitley over the issue of appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the Chairman of the institute.

According to ANI, Oscar winner Resul Pookutty said post the meet that the team raised a lot of concerns and the response from the minister was positive. He also said that the Jaitley has given assurances on the future of the institute.

ANI further reported that the team has got assurances from I&B Minister that he will reconsider the decision of the appointment. 

However the former FTII student also stated that, "But the core issue why students went on agitation, issue for which committee was elected, have not been satisfactorily met."

ANI also quoted him saying that an issue like this cant be resolved in one meeting. 

Other sources said that the ministry officials included Joint Secretary (films) K Sanjay Murti and had a detailed discussion with the students.

The agitation by the students of the premiere institute begun 22 days ago when Gajendra Chauhan (famous for playing Yudhishthir in BR Chopra's 'Mahabharat'). The students alleged that Chauhan was not fit to be appointed as the head, since he does not have experience to handle the responsibilities of the post. The students and alumni have also been demanding a more transparent appointment process for the institute.

(With Agency Inputs)