In an open letter, students from the institute had highlighted several concerns on the way things were being run.
“A government institute that exists to provide education to students from all sections shouldn’t be driven by the agenda of funds generation.”
Chauhan’s appointment as chairman in 2015 had been met with protests, with FTII students holding a 139-day strike.
The Padma Shri awardee may have been “of American origin” but his ability to recite shairi in impeccable Urdu coupled with his memorable roles in several Hindustani and Urdu plays reflect that Alter was, in fact, a native.
It’s been three months since students opposed the imposition of an unsuitable chairperson on India’s premier film institute. As the government digs in its heels and refuses to acknowledge it erred, the students have now started a hunger strike.
Students at FTII fear the culture of questioning will be replaced by the culture of eulogies.
BJP member and television actor Gajendra Chauhan, who hasn’t been affiliated with the FTII, has been appointed the president of the prestigious institution