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.
FTII says that Gurvinder Singh violated the shooting norms given to him, while Singh says this comes in the wake of his support of a suspended student.
The Sangh’s stranglehold over the university has subsumed democratic representation and heightened gender discrimination on campus.
University authorities have denied having prior knowledge of the magazine’s launch and are scrutinising its content to remove ‘anti-national’ content.
While a government might yearn for approval, it is a huge stretch for it to regard all criticism as ‘anti-national’ activity. It is a desperate cry for immortality in the face of existential threat. It is a sure signal of distress.
Lyle Pearson remembers his friend P.K. Nair, film archivist and film scholar and founder of the National Film Archive of India.
Eighteen students have been added to the list of those accused of holding the institute’s director in his office on August 17, 2015, taking the total number to 35.
Nair was passionate about cinema and braved phenomenal odds to retrieve bits of old films to preserve them for prosperity
The rows over JNU and Rohith Vemula have been missed opportunities for the Muslims of India to express their solidarity with other marginalised communities.
Students claim they were beaten up, police says minimum force was used
Students of FTII have been harassed at the International Film Festival simply because they had gone on strike, say flmmakers
The students not only want their fellowships restored but say they are fighting against the commercialisation of higher education.
Protestors send letter to the President and the Prime Minister expressing fears that institutions were being dismantled in the country
The actor is not the first cultural personality to be criticised by BJP leaders for expressing concerns about the direction the country is taking. But while the others have been accused of staging a “manufactured revolt”, none was labelled a Pakistani agent.
The protesting filmmakers are also supporting the striking FTII students and say government is not addressing their concerns seriously
Strike lasted 139 days, but despite talks with government, no resolution could be found
“A government that does not tolerate difference, that does not safeguard the lives and interests of its marginalised and vulnerable citizens, loses its legitimacy in a democratic polity. We are facing this situation now, already.”
The striking students have held five rounds of talks with the government, but the main issue of Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment has not been addressed
Film and Television students complete 100 days of agitation, but hopes of a dialogue open up
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.
Take charge as Chancellor, film makers urge President of India
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Students at FTII fear the culture of questioning will be replaced by the culture of eulogies.
As the Institute’s Director alleges mental torture, students and faculty term allegations baseless
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