Student body claims bias as seats for SC/ST/OBCs go unfilled at FTII

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students took out a demonstration on Friday, 29 July, alleging discrimination in the institute’s admission process.

The Students’ Association accused the premier film institute of discriminating against the reserved category students in admissions after the merit list was put out on July 26. “Many seats as well as wait list positions in the OBC, SC and ST categories have not been filled, citing reasons of ineligibility,” the press note shared by the student body claimed.

The FTII had set 45% cut-off for the Other Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections and 40% for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to be eligible for admission for various programmes in the institute. However, the grading is done internally based on a written test, orientation and personal interview. Interestingly, the written test carries only 20% weightage.

“The Orientation and Interview process accounts for 80% of the total grade for the admission in our institute. This leaves the process ambiguous to those who want to question the reasons with which some candidates have been deemed ineligible. Even so, it is evident that a bias exists in how candidates are evaluated and deemed ineligible as our reserved seats remain unoccupied by aspirants from those categories across different departments,” the student body alleged.

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