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Hunger Strike By Ftii Students Enters 18th Day

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Pune, Sep 27 (ANI): Students of premier Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) said they were ready to call off hunger strike if the central government fixed a date to discuss the students' demand to remove their newly-appointed chairman, Gajendra Chauhan. The hunger strike by protesting students of FTII entered 18th day on Sunday, even as no official communication from the government has reached them yet on the controversy over Chauhan. Some of the students on hunger strike had to be hospitalised in the recent days. The students have been boycotting classes for the past 107 days. The protesting students sent a letter to the Information and Broadcasting (IandB) ministry - which governs the institute - mentioning their concerns and demands. Students have been opposing Chauhan's appointment as they say that he is not qualified enough to head the institute and also object to his political affiliations to various Hindu organisations, including the ruling BJP.

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