What seems like another matter of debate in the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) case, I&B Ministry has refuted all speculations around the privatisation of the institute. A meeting was called by the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha on June 25, where Ministry of Human Resource Development was suggested to include the institute in the Common Universities Act and give it status of national importance along the lines of IITs and IIMs. This aims to provide not only autonomy to the institute but also allow it to grant degrees.
The bill is proposed to be in the Parliament by the end of the year 2015. The main aim is to not only provide autonomy to the institute but also allow it to grant degrees.
A major investment is also being planned for the development of infrastructure where Rs 37 crore will be committed to technical upgradation of studios, cameras, post production equipment and another Rs 43 crore to physical infrastructure. The ministry also plans to appoint a governing council to ensure accountability and transparency in managing funds.
The ministry has received flak for it has made it clear to the students that Chauhan’s appointment would not be thought of, again. But, it has offered to address pending problems of fee and infrastructure assuring students that they would be equal partners in the process. The students however have put their foot down and have turned down the offer to continue protests.
Meanwhile, actor Pallavi Joshi has written to the I&B Ministry saying that she doesn’t want to be a part of the Film and Television Institute of India society following the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson.