Government talks with FTII students fail to end the standoff

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Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

The discussion the NDA Government had with agitating students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune failed to end the stand off, sources from the information and broadcasting ministry confided to Tehelka.

The government refused to address the key demands of the striking students, including the removal of Gajendra Chauhan from the governing body’s chairmanship and other four members, who are in the committee.

According to sources, the government extended special funds as well as special steps to address the other concerns. The government also asked the students to end the strike and start the classes.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the students will reach back to Pune and discuss the matter with other protesting students and convey their decision to the government.

The meeting was chaired by Union minister of state for information and broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore and secretaries of concerned ministries in Delhi on 20 October at 12 pm. The students’ have been protesting consecutively for the past 130 days.

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