For the past six months The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been functioning without the head. The tenure of the former Chairman, Gajendra Chauhan, ended on March 3 this year.
It is the responsibility of the FTII society to elect the Governing Council and the Academic Council. Both the councils are responsible for taking important decisions related to the administrative and academic matters.
Chauhan was appointed for the post in June 2015, but due to protest against him by the students he could only assume the office in January 16.
Meanwhile, the officials from FTII and the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry have been tight lipped about when the appointment will happen and which personnel are being considered for the post.
When asked about the reconstitution of the FTII Society under the Right to Information Act both offices refused to share the information.
I&B ministry said that the communication over the issue in possession of the FTII and can be obtained from there, I&B said that disclosure of the communication may “prejudice the appointment itself”.
Disposing off an appeal filed in this regard, FTII Registrar Varun Bhardwaj said, “FTII is not authorized to disclose the relevant proposal, as it is under submission to the ministry. In any case, disclosing information at this stage is reasonably likely to prejudice the appointment process itself. Secondly, the sought information also includes personal information which would cause unwarranted invasion of privacy of individuals at this stage.”