It looks like actor Anupam Kher, the new chairman of the Film and television institute of India (FTII) will be greeted with a fresh controversy when he will be visiting the FTII in coming days. We, as students, believe that the amount of money being spent on lights, erecting set pieces in front of the campus can be spent on the infrastructure and in buying and repairing equipment which would only help us in finishing our projects on time. "You see, my grandfather used to say, "A busy man has time for everything".
"The FTII is facing basic problems and needs a good administrator".
Justifying the norms of reducing the dialogue exercise to two days, the administration has stated that the goal of reducing the exercise to two days is to complete the semester in time and to avoid backlog. Students have alleged that the iconic institute has become an "institute for short-term courses' and contractual faculties".
The status of the lightmen in the institute, who earlier were permanent staff, but are now contract labour.
-Light-men are not paid now, despite working for six or seven days a week.
-Faculties are hired on contractual basis and fear that they could be sacked any moment.
"The institute does not have enough number of faculties to run the courses and, because of this, implementation of syllabus is getting affected". Currently, students have to engage for 12-hours for two days while the students have demanded that the exercise be extended to three days with eight hours activity every day.
"It was then that the entire 2016 film batch chose to boycott one of the exercises, called the "dialogue exercise".
Pune: The Film and Television Institute of India on Thursday morning withdrew the five hostel eviction notices issued a day before for students' refusal to adhere to the dialogue exercise schedule but the latter's agitation continued.
The letter further elaborated on this contentious issue, alleging that students were being "forced to sign undertakings to finish their courses on time" with the administration not providing the necessary resources to aid them. Considering that the students are the primary stakeholders and voting members in the academic council, this move to exclude the student representatives is unconstitutional.
"FTII has been producing filmmakers who are working at various platforms".
The letter puts forward many concerns the students and staff have regarding the institution, and asks for Kher's "take" on these issues. Some choose not to work in industry and others find alternate ways.
Jay said, "The question is how can a person, who heads a private enterprise, can be asked to head a government institute".
As a part of the curriculum, the second-year students from direction, cinematography, sound design, editing and art direction have to shoot a short film.