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MIB to examine FTII demand for greater financial powers

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has agreed to examine a demand for an enhanced delegation of financial powers and flexibility in purchase of hardware etc to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in order to enable the students to do their creative work.

Films Division director general Mukesh Sharma has been asked to study the demand and give his report within a fortnight.

Following the end of the strike by FTII students after an assurance of meeting the MIB officials, a meeting was held in Mumbai today between representatives of FTII Students Association and the Ministry team headed by MIB secretary Sunil Arora.

The students, under the coordination of Aruna Raje, who represented GRAFTII - a body of alumni of the institute - will submit a blue print within a fortnight for turning FTII into an institute of national excellence at par with reputed institutions across the world.

The Ministry has already announced its intentions in this regard, but the students were told that their views would form a major input for taking this matter forward. 

A second round of talks will be held with the Ministry delegation on 10 October in Mumbai. A request would also be made to MIB Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore to meet the students in Delhi in the near future.

Apart from the Secretary, the Ministry was represented by Joint Secretary (Films) K Sanjay Murthy; Films Division director general Mukesh Sharma; FTII director Prashant Pathrabe and FTII registrar U C Bodke.

The FTII Students’ Association was represented by Harishankar Nachimuthu, Ajayan Adat, Vikas Urs, Reema Kaur, Malayaj Awasthi, Ranjeet Nair and Shini J K.

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