Even before Anupam Kher takes charge, FTII students write an open letter to him on ‘issues affecting’ them
The letter addressed to Kher had the names of FTII students’ association president Robin Roy and general secretary Rohit Kumar.pune Updated: Oct 12, 2017 22:34 IST
Even as veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is yet to officially assume charge of his new responsibility as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, the students of the institute have written a letter to him raising issues that are currently “affecting them”. The nine broad issues mentioned in the letter sent by the FTII students association include short-term courses started by the FTII, money spend on events at the cost of infrastructure, classes being cut down in the new syllabus, light-men reduced to contractual labours and inadequate resources to finish courses on time even as students have been forced to sign undertakings to finish courses on time.
The letter addressed to Kher, which has the names of FTII students’ association president Robin Roy and general secretary Rohit Kumar, said, “Dear sir, while you must be busy taking congratulatory messages, we would also like to bring your attention to the following issues persisting in the iconic institute that you will be heading as the chairman. Also, we are curious to know your take on these issues.” The 62-year-old actor was appointed as FTII chairman more than six months after Gajendra Chauhan’s tenure was over.
The letter comes a day after FTII students held their meeting to discuss the appointment of Kher and the latest flashpoint between them and the administration over the expulsion of students. The students were served expulsion notices after they boycotted meetings as a part of dialogue exercise, a project for third semester students. According to FTII students’ association president Robin Roy, the students have been expelled for the current semester after they did not remain present during the meeting as a part of the dialogue exercise. These students have been asked to vacate their hostels.