Govt forms 3-member panel to assess situation in FTII

A three-member team, headed by the Registrar of Newspapers for India SM Khan, has been constituted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to assess the ground situation in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.

PTI| Updated: Aug 19, 2015, 15:26 PM IST

New Delhi: A three-member team, headed by the Registrar of Newspapers for India SM Khan, has been constituted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to assess the ground situation in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.

Officials said the team comprising Khan and two other officers will visit FTII where students are agitating over the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.

"The team headed by Khan and comprising two more I&B Ministry officials will visit Pune tomorrow and give its report on the situation there," official sources said.

In a midnight crackdown, police arrested five students from the campus on charges of rioting and other offences after a group of striking students had on Monday gheraoed FTII director Prashant Pathrabe, protesting against "irrational and unjustified" assessment of the incomplete diploma projects.

Acting on a complaint filed by Pathrabe, police lodged an FIR against 15 students. Of them, five were arrested on charges of rioting under Section 353 of the IPC, police said.

The students have been on strike for the last 69 days against the appointment of BJP member and TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the institute chairman.