Recent appointment by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of Mr. Chauhan has come under a lot of criticism by film industry and students community. A person who has an official affiliation with the ruling party and who lacks the vision and stature of the past chairpersons in film-making, has put a question mark on the process of selection for the post earlier held by eminent people like Girish Karnad, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopal Krishnan.
Many believe that the appointment would change the liberal culture of FTII which in turn, will impact the whole Indian culture and cinema.
SIO Pune raised its voice regarding biased appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). SIO Pune President Nadeem Rasool and Secretary Tausif Amin met FTII student’s union president Harikrishnan Nachimuthu and other body members. He asked for SIO Pune’s support at several stages of the struggle including protest. Student Union President Conveyed to SIO that their delegation met with I&B ministry. Ministry of Information and broadcasting replied negatively on demand to replace Mr. Chauhan. Student’s union president asked for continued support of SIO Pune.
The largely peaceful protest saw the activist sing and dance to the tune of drum beats as they marched chanting slogans on the sea face promenade.SIO beleives in freedom of expression as well as freedom of education and we stand with a view that the current onslaught of the government on Institutes of National Importance will transform them into Institutes of Nationalism. We want to convey a strong message to the government that we all stand united against the saffronisaton of academic institutions across the country by some fascists forces. Members of SIO Mumbai also met Ms. Arunima Sharma the lead organizer of the event introduced SIO and pledged full support for the cause.