Won't just be an administrator, says Anupam Kher

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PUNE: Actor Anupam Kher "s appointment as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has elicited mixed responses on the campus". His grandfather used to say him that "A busy man has a time for everything".

Rohit Kumar, FSA general secretary said, "Kher has credentials and we are not denying that, but look at the statements he had made in the last two-three years against the JNU, FTII, media and during the intolerance debate".

Changes in the syllabus of the institute, and the reduction in the schedules, and reduction in number of workshops and classes that are affecting the students.

Justifying the norms of reducing the dialogue exercise to two days, the administration has stated that the objective of reducing the exercise to two days is to complete the semester in time and to avoid backlog. Also, the entire syllabus has to be handed to the students at the time of admission which hasn't been done by the administration so far.

Like the growing culture of having only contractual faculty members in the universities/ institutes across the country, FTII also has mostly contractual faculty members. However, the standoff between student body and the administration over the issue of dialogue exercise has continued.

-Faculties are hired on contractual basis and fear that they could be sacked any moment.

Assistant professor of direction Sudipta Acharyya said, "These are efforts to augment the timeline issues and to enforce a sense of discipline in students to complete their exercise on time".

FSA president Robin Joy said as per new norms, every shooting shift will be of 12 hours and the exercise has to be completed within two days. Also this being the first co-ordinated exercise in a studio, students should be given enough time as primarily the student's learning aspect should be prioritised rather than looking to finish off the exercise in a haste.

Earlier, after students refused to attend the dialogue exercise, the administration even served notices to five students asking them to vacate the hostel.

- Since February 2017, student representatives have been excluded from Academic Council discussion which is against the Constitution of the institute.

"FTII has been producing filmmakers who are working at various platforms". Some choose not to work in industry and others find alternate ways.

The letter puts forward many concerns the students and staff have regarding the institution, and asks for Kher's "take" on these issues. He will facilitate student with his 4o years of experience in the Hindi cinema, travel, stage acting and much more. "A government institute that exists to provide education to students from all section shouldn't be driven by the agenda of funds generation, which now seems to be the aim of these courses which has also been the case with government-run institute/universities across the nation", said the letter.

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