FTII students most subsidised Says Sambit Patra

In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists — Priyanka Chaturvedi, National Spokesperson, Congress; Hansal Mehta, Director & Writer; Vinay Shukla, Filmmaker and Writer; Vikas Urs, Student, FTII; Satchith Paulose, General Secretary, Students’ Body, FTII; Dr Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, BJP; Ashoke Pandit, Filmmaker and Social Activist; Ratan Sharda, Author & RSS Thinker; and Vivek Agnihotri, Director — discuss mounting tensions on the FTII campus, 5 students being arrested in a midnight swoop for rioting, drama over videos, and tapes released revealing complete chaos, and as to who’s lying and who’s not.

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Referring to some documents BJP Spokesperson Smabit Patra alleged that the student’s studying in the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) are the most subsidised students of the country. He further said that 12 lakh per annum is spent on the students in the institute with government paying 89% of their fees. Countering Patra’s statement students, Vikas Urs and Satchith Paulose said that that one needs to understand that 2008 batch is being victimised and all the batches from 2000 onwards have been on delay mode. Reacting to student’s counter over being victimised Parta said, “We (BJP) were not in power in 2000 and if you are victimised you should have contacted Rahul Gandhi.” On the first debate of THE NEWSHOUR tonight, Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and a panel consisting of Priyanka Chaturvedi, National Spokesperson, Congress, Hansal Mehta, Director & Writer, Vinay Shukla, Filmmaker and Writer (Gold Medalist in Direction, FTII), Vikas Urs, Student, FTII (Cinematography), Satchith Paulose, General Secretary, Students’ Body, FTII, Dr. Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, BJP, Ashoke Pandit, Filmmaker

and Social Activist, Ratan Sharda, Author & RSS Thinker, Vivek Agnihotri, Director, discussed the FTII drama over the videos released by the Director of the institute and the students.

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