Saturday, July 18, 2015

IIS officer Prashant Pathrabe appointed FTII Director:

New Delhi/Pune : A Maharashtra-based
senior IIS officer has been given
additional charge as Director of Film and
Television Institute of India (FTII), which
has been rocked by a students agitation
over appointment of Gajendra Chauhan
as chairman.
Prashant Pathrabe, a 1992 batch officer
of Indian Information Service (IIS), has
been given temporary charge as
Director of the FTII by the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry as the term
of the incumbent, D J Narain, is ending
this week, a senior official said.
Pathrabe said that he received the
Ministry's order today.
Asked about the students' agitation in
FTII, he said he will talk about it only
after taking charge but added that it was
a "difficult situation" and he hoped to do
his best.
Pathrabe is the Director of PIB unit in
Pune, where he will continue to work,
officials said.
"He (Pathrabe) has been given
additional charge as Director of the
Institute as the tenure of Narain was
ending," a senior official said in Delhi.
Pathrabe is also a former director of the
National Film Archive of India (NFAI). He
had been in the media field for nearly
two decades, having worked in
Doordarshan News and AIR News in
Mumbai. He did his MBA from IIM,
Ahmedabad and joined the Indian
Information Service after a couple of
short stints in the private sector.
His appointment as Director of FTII
comes at a time when the institute is at
the centre of a major controversy with
students boycotting classes after
government announced its decision to
appoint Chauhan as the head of its
governing council.
The FTII administration too has taken a
tough stand, asking students to resume
academic activities or else face action
including possible rustication.
The students' strike against Chauhan's
appointment today entered its 36th day