"The Prime Minister should visit FTII to resolve the issues. All students in the country are feeling threatened by the government's insensitivity towards the problems being faced by them. The students should strike hard and strong if this continues", representative of the FTII Students' Association (FSA) Vikas Urs told reporters here.

Five students, including Urs, were arrested on charges of rioting after the institute's director Prashant Pathrabe was confined to his chamber, following which the government formed a team of senior I&B Department officials to resolve the impasse. The students were released on bail by a Pune court yesterday.

A striking student said, "We are very curious to see with what agenda they (the officials) are coming with. We are clueless. The students' body has not been told that the delegation is coming...We are hearing everything from the media. We are still expecting a good dialogue."

Another student stated, "We are open to talks. From day one we have been ready for a dialogue and finally the ministry has understood that we should sit across the table and discuss the core issues...I hope the officials come with an open mind and we are hoping a productive dialogue."

Patharbe has cited “he was tortured, threatened, physically pushed around and subjected to disrespectful and insulting behaviour by about 40-odd students."

 

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FTII students seek PM's intervention to resolve row

Pune: Striking FTII students today called for

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in resolving the 71-day-old crisis in the premier institute over the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.

 

"The Prime Minister should visit FTII to resolve the issues. All students in the country are feeling threatened by the government's insensitivity towards the problems being faced by them. The students should strike hard and strong if this continues", representative of the FTII Students' Association (FSA) Vikas Urs told reporters here.

 

Five students, including Urs, were arrested on charges of rioting after the institute's director Prashant Pathrabe was confined to his chamber, following which the government formed a team of senior I&B Department officials to resolve the impasse. The students were released on bail by a Pune court yesterday.

 

A striking student said, "We are very curious to see with what agenda they (the officials) are coming with. We are clueless. The students' body has not been told that the delegation is coming...We are hearing everything from the media. We are still expecting a good dialogue."

 

Another student stated, "We are open to talks. From day one we have been ready for a dialogue and finally the ministry has understood that we should sit across the table and discuss the core issues...I hope the officials come with an open mind and we are hoping a productive dialogue."

 

Patharbe has cited “he was tortured, threatened, physically pushed around and subjected to disrespectful and insulting behaviour by about 40-odd students."