Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has sparked another controversy as it proposed a fee hike and upper age limit of 25 years for admissions in meeting of its academic council in Mumbai.
The proposal has not taken by the students positively who allege administration of earning profit and making the institute commercial through this.
On the other hand, the administration of FTII has made its ground clear by saying 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.
Adding to this, the institute has advocated that no attempt to revise fees was made in the past and CAG audit passed strictures that the fees at FTII were irrational.
The proposal says that the fees of the acting course should be Rs 3.40 lakh per year while fees for other courses including direction, cinematography, editing and sound recording, which was earlier Rs 33000 has been marginally revised to Rs 48000. the institution said that it should be Rs 64000.
Further, it said that institute has studied the fee structures of other institutes such as the National School of Drama and National Institute of Design before finalizing the proposal, he said.