It has been six months since the tenure of former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, Mr. Gajendra Chauhan ended, and the body concerned with the appointment of new Chairman failed to make a move. The FTII Society is responsible for electing the Academic Council and Governing Council, which then takes the decision on key issues pertaining to the academic and administrative matters concerning the institute.
Mr. Gajendra Chauhan was appointed as the Chairman of the FTII in June 2015 for a period of three years. However, he assumed the charge only in January 2015 due to massive protests against him by the students. Therefore, he got the tenure of only 15 months as the Chairman of FTII.
On the other hand, officials at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and FTII failed to disclose any information regarding the appointment of new Chairman and reconstitution of FTII Society.
However, the Ministry of I & B revealed that the communication between the two bodies regarding the issue was in ‘possession of FTII’, and the information regarding the appointment of new Chairman can be obtained from FTII. On the other hand, the authorities refused to part with the communication, claiming that its disclosure might prejudice the appointment itself. India is an epicenter of film making & media and as such, the demand for good film-making institutes & mass communication & media colleges is always on the rise.
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Registrar of FTII, Mr. Varun Bharadwaj pointed that FTII does not have any authority to disclose the relevant proposal since it is under submission to Ministry of I & B. Similarly, FTII does not want to cause unwarranted invasion of privacy of individuals for time being.