Pune: The second year students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have been protesting from past three days by boycotting their lectures against the irregularities in syllabus and scarcity of necessary equipment at the institute.
“Because of the semester and credit based pattern that started last year, we were told that we would not be given the whole syllabus together, but we would be provided with the curriculum for each semester in the beginning. Our third semester began on August 20, after which we were given the syllabus, which lacked details,” a second-year student, who is part of the protest stated on condition of anonymity.
He further added, “At the end of our second semester, we had given a letter to the Director regarding a few academic issues in the second semester and also pointing out major project clashes in the third semester but we have not received an answer.”
Talking about the instruction by the institute to perform the practicals in two shifts, he said, “We were also told to perform our practicals in day shift (8 am to 4 pm) and night shift (5 pm to 1 am). Earlier, we agreed to it because they gave us no option and asserted that the work has to be done in two shifts as the resources are ‘limited’. However, we had doubts about equipment and other infrastructural needs. We wrote a letter to the Director regarding our problems, but again, we got no satisfactory answers.”
The students are also pointing towards the unavailability of an adequate equipment at FTII saying, “There are four cameras, however, as multiple shoots are going on at the same time, we are facing the problem of availability of equipment. We only get one camera for practicals, and if there are any technical problems with the camera, they have no backup. They just want us to deliver our practicals in time, despite all these issues.”
The students are demanding the basic infrastructure to perform the practicals regularly and efficiently and wish to carry out those in the regular shift, that is 9 am to 6 pm, instead of the two shifts proposed by the Institute.
A statement given by FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola over the issue stated, “The students of Cinematography (Films) had submitted a representation of their issues to me on Monday (August 20). Subsequently, the next day, a meeting was called with HoDs of all departments to discuss the matter and teachers of Cinematography department separately engaged with the concerned students the same day to discuss the issues. Some student representatives again met me on Thursday and put forth their concerns in the presence of Dean (Films) and HoD Cinematography. As some of the issues concern inter-departmental coordination, wider discussions are currently on. It is expected that the matter will be resolved by tomorrow (Friday).”