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FTII student on indefinite hunger strike hospitalised

News Agencies | Updated on: 12 September 2015, 11:59 IST

An FTII student was hospitalised after his blood sugar levels dropped on 12 September. Three students have been sitting on a hunger strike since 9 September protesting against appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

According to a statement issued by the FTII Students' Association (FSA), Hilal Savad had to be rushed to a private hospital after the institute's medical officer examined him and found his blood sugar levels reduced.

After Hilal was hospitalised, another student, Ankit Thapa replaced him to continue the protest, the FSA added.

Meanwhile, the stalemate over the appointment of Chauhan whose credentials to head the institute, have been questioned by the agitating students, continued on the 94th day today with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry maintaining its silence on the turn the strike took on 9 September.

FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe said the ministry officials had been informed about the students' hunger strike.

He, however, added that "I have not been told anything" on the issue.

"We are waiting for a response form the Ministry which can pave way for resolution of the present crisis. But we have not received any response so far," said FSA President Harishankar Nachimuthu.

Earlier, Abhijit Das, a contractual faculty member at the FTII had gone on a fast demanding resolution of the current impasse over Chauhan's appointment. However, he ended it on 8 September after 66 hours of fasting due to health concerns.

Das, a faculty of art direction department, had started the fast on last Saturday demanding "immediate resolution" of the stalemate which has brought the academic activity to a halt since June.


First published: 12 September 2015, 11:59 IST