Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore To Meet FTII Students On 20 October

15/10/2015 3:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), along with other student activists, chant slogans during a protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the FTII, in New Delhi on August 3, 2015. Protesters are demanding the removal of Chauhan, who they say is not qualified for the post but was given the position due to political reasons, and have been boycotting their classes at the institute over the issue since June 12. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

PUNE -- Fresh talks to end the over 100 day impasse at FTII will be held next week when a delegation of the students protesting against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as Institute Chairman will meet MoS for Information and Broadcasting in Delhi.

Ranajit Nair, a representative of the FTII Students' Association (FSA), which had three round of talks with the I&B ministry officials in Mumbai early this month, said a meeting of the FSA with the MoS (Rathore) would be held in Delhi on 20 October.

The venue and time of the meeting will be communicated later, he added.

The students have been boycotting classes since 12 June opposing appointment of Chauhan who, they claim lacks credentials to head the FTII.

The ministry has, however, cold-shouldered the main demand of the FSA for cancellation of Chauhan's appointment while keeping the dialogue channel open to resolve the prolonged deadlock that has brought academic activity on the campus to a standstill.

On Tuesday, a court here had rejected a plea for anticipatory bail by 12 FTII students booked for hooliganism during the 18 August incident of gherao of the institute director Prashant Pathrabe, who had alleged "mental torture and manhandling" by them.

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