Seven months after he was appointed as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman, a posting that was vehemently opposed by enrolled students, Gajendra Chauhan will finally take charge this Thursday.
Chauhan, who will visit the campus for the first time since the appointment, will chair the FTII society’s meeting in which members of Governing Council will be selected, said institute director Prashant Pathrabe.
“Chauhan will first take charge as institute chairman and will chair the meeting of all the FTII society’s members. During the meeting, the new Governing Council will be formed,” Pathrabe said.
Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone, Chauhan confirmed his proposed visit to the FTII. When asked about his plans for the institute, Chauhan replied, “I will first attend the meeting and then talk to the press. Anything I say now will be considered fake.”
The meeting of the FTII society was earlier slated for December 18 but had to be pushed owing to the unavailability of some members. While the 14-member Governing Council is responsible for governance, the 24-member FTII society is considered as the apex body of the 50-year-old institute.
After the government nominated Chauhan as president, students of FTII had gone on a strike that lasted 139 days, calling it a political appointment. Stating that the television actor-turned-politician lacked “stature” and “vision”, students refused to accept Chauhan’s appointment, going on strike from June 12 last year.
The protesting students finally acquiesced after numerous rounds of talks with government, which stood firm on the appointment. Calling the “deaf” government a “bully” government, students relented saying they could not throw away their academics any more.
In his previous interview to HT immediately after the strike was called off, Chauhan said he would attempt to ensure that the students would not lose out on their studies any more.