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Protesting FTII Students Seek Rahul Gandhi’s Support

Protesting FTII students have approached Rahul Gandhi, seeking his support.

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FTII students, demanding the removal of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the institute, have approached Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, seeking his intervention. They have termed the FTII situation as being part of a larger “assault on institutions of higher learning”.

Sources in the Congress Party said that the students have invited Rahul Gandhi to come to Pune and join their cause.

250 FTII students are on strike against Chouhan’s appointment and are demanding the formation a committee which will draft the rules for the FTII society.

A number of filmmakers have also resigned as members of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society, expressing their solidarity with the students. Students have continued their strike for almost 40 days, boycotting academic work after failure of their talks with I&B minister Arun Jaitley at New Delhi on July 3.

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