The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is going to conduct its admission test for fresh students in the 2015-2016 batch amidst continuing agitation by its students. The admission test has been scheduled for 23 August. It was previously supposed to take place on 9 August, but had to be postponed in view of the mass protests of the students. Apart from the date, all the other rules and regulations regarding the admission test are kept the same as notified in the website and prospectus. The authorities at FTII are hoping to conduct this admission test without any interruption from the currently protesting students.
The students at FTII have been protesting the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute who they feel is appointed riding his political backing and not his credentials. Students have been protesting since 12 July and have no signs of retreat until Mr. Gajendra Chauhan resigns.
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The authorities at FTII are trying their best to conduct a normal admission test for the academic year of 2015-2016 so that the next batch of students are not denied the opportunity to study at the premier institution owing to the protests of current batch.
However, this is not the first time in the history of FTII that admissions have been hampered due to ongoing protests. The institution has been through this in the past. Some officials mentioned that there have been at least two instances when not a single admission took place in an academic year.
To ease the tension in the air, the government has urged the students to not block academic activities and that it was willing to negotiate with them for a final solution. The Information and Broadcast Ministry has, however, made it clear that it is not willing to consider firing Gajendra Chauhan. But it is willing to participate in dialogue with the students regarding the fees and infrastructure. It has also ensured the students that their views will be equally taken into consideration while taking any decision regarding those matters.
Students have refused to indulge into any discussion until their primary demand, that of removing Gajendra Chauhan, is met. Amidst all these tensions, the authorities of FTII are hoping that the protesting students will not want to harm the future prospects of hundreds of students who have applied for admission at the institution.