The premier Film and Television institute in the country is mooting the idea of bringing about a hike in the fee and limit the age for admissions to 25 years. This move, though still in its nascent stage, has been vehemently opposed by the students of the institute. The idea was put forward during the meeting of institute̢s academic council which was recently held at Mumbai.
The students are terming it as a move to commercialize the institute. Bhupendra Kainthola, the director of FTII, give this explanation behind the plan ̢ ̢The rationale behind proposing hike in fee structure is that for five years the fees were not increased as they should have been. In fact, in 2010, the fee of acting course, which is self-financing, was Rs 1.75 lakh (per annum) however, the then administration brought it down to Rs 48,000,"
He further added, "Ideally, the fee of each course should be increased by 10 per cent every year, however no attempt to revise fees was made in the past and CAG audit passed strictures that the fees at FTII were irrational,"
As for the acting course offered by the institute, the administration wanted to set the fee at Rs 3.40 lakh per year.
Fee for four specialized courses offered by the institute, including editing, direction, cinematography and sound recording was Rs 33,000 some time back and was gradually increased to Rs 48,000 which is the present fee. Kainthola said that even the fee for these courses must be Rs 64,000 at least.