Hilal Savad, who with two other students had begun the hunger strike on September 10 demanding removal of their newly-appointed chairman of the film institute, Gajendra Chauhan, was admitted to nearby Joshi hospital.

The students had demanded central government to hold talks with them to resolve the issue. They also sought the formation of a new appointment committee, but to no avail.

Vikas Urs, one of the three students on hunger strike rued about the central government’s insensitiveness regarding the issue.  The 55-year-old film school in Pune, near Mumbai - India's capital of film and finance - prides itself on quality cinema and has turned out some top film-makers. It is governed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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