The students of the prestigious institution here were on a strike opposing Chauhan's appointment since June 12 last year and called it off on October 28 and returned to the classes.
However, unrelenting in their opposition to his appointment, the students today said they will protest peacefully when he assumes charge. The first meeting of the Film and Television of India (FTII) Society headed by Chauhan is to be held today at the FTII campus and will be attended by among others Anagha Ghaisas, Rahul Solapurkar, Shailesh Gupta and Narendra Pathak--the members whose appointments have been objected to by the FTII Students Association (FSA) for being political and allegedly lacking in merit and stature for the post.
"We still have problem with these appointments and will continue to resist it unless concerned authorities put the FTII Society (which governs the institute) in abeyance. Higher education in the country should be free from all political interference. Pahlaj Nihalani's presence in the Society for holding an unjust post in CBFC is also unacceptable," the FSA said.
Asked as to what kind of protest the students planned, FSA representative Vikas Urs said 'peaceful sloganeering'.

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