Prashant Pathrabe was on 17 July 2015 appointed as Interim Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). His appointment was approved by Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry. However, he will also continue to serve as the Director of Press Information Bureau (PIB) unit in Pune.
Pathrabe succeeded incumbent Director DJ Narain who superannuated the office on 4 July 2015. Pathrabe is Maharashtra-based senior Indian Information Service (IIS) officer of 1992 batch.
Pathrabe had been associated with the media field for nearly two decades. Previously he had served as director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). He had also worked in Doordarshan News and AIR News in Mumbai.
Pathrabe's appointment as Director of FTII comes at a time when the institute is at the centre of a major controversy with students protesting and boycotting classes after government announced its decision to appoint Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of its governing council.
The FTII administration too has taken a tough stand by asking students to resume academic activities or else face action including possible rustication. But, the situation was still worsening all the more. Resultantly, the government had to make the interim appointment.
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Who: Prashant Pathrabe
When: 17 July 2015