17, Jul 2015
PUNE: Defying the notice served by t he administration on Wednesday, students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Thursday announced their decision to continue with their ongoing strike to protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chief of the institute.
“We will continue with our protests. We stand united against attempts to quell the protest,” Vikas Urs, a protesting student and secretary of the FTII Students’ Association, told HT. “The threat to rusticate us is very sad. And this comes at a critical point of time when we were expecting a closure in the matter through talks. We are saddened and depressed by the notice.”
The FTII students’ association feels the information and broadcasting ministry is likely to engage in another round of dialogue. Their announcement came a day after FTII director J Narain’s letter to the student’s association saying that strong administrative action, including rustication, would be taken if the students did not call off the strike immediately.