Uncertainty prevails over the beginning of the current academic year of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) due to an ongoing students’ strike. Written examinations for various courses, scheduled for August 9, are likely to be postponed as activities on-campus have come to a standstill.
FTII is currently accepting online applications for 11 courses — the written exam will be conducted across 24 centres in the country. But on the issue of the written exam’s date, the institute’s website states that “change can be made if there are unavoidable reasons”.
Officials said that many students could opt out of the exam in the current scenario. “Students will not appear unless the academic atmosphere is restored,” they said.
Sources in FTII, not authorised to talk to the media, have not ruled out the possibility of postponement of the written exam on two grounds. First, the five-year tenure of current director DJ Narain will end this month. The government may take a few days to finalise the new director.
Second, students have declared their opposition to the new director if chairman Gajendra Chauhan is involved in the process of choosing him. Chauhan is a member of the panel, expected to meet next week in New Delhi, to select the new director.
FTII administration fears the students’ agitation could then take a serious turn.