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FTII to receive Rs 40 crore this fiscal

MUMBAI: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), which is in the news for all the wrong reasons, will receive around Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) of plan and non-plan expenditure this financial year.

A massive infrastructure revitalisation programme is in full gear, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry officials told PTI.

The entire infrastructure expenditure in the five-year plan is Rs 80 crore (Rs 800 million), which is supplemented with an annual non-plan budget of around Rs 20 crore (Rs 200 million) every year.

The Geeta Krishnan Committee had recommended that both Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and FTII be handed over to the film industry. However, the ministry is yet to implement this recommendation.

The Ministry has said that it has been endeavouring to support these institutions to become centers of excellence.

The FTII students have been protesting the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

The FTII has an intake of nearly 350 students with around 60 faculty members.