The information ministry relived Manzurur Rahman from his additional duty as chief executive of Bangladesh Film and Television Institute.
Director general of National Institute of Mass Communication Mohammad Rafiquzzaman has been appointed the new head of the government institute as additional duty.
‘The appointment of a new chief executive is part of routine procedure. The change was not made because of the protests by the students,’ said Mohammad Abdus Sobhan, deputy secretary admin at information ministry.
Earlier, BFTI students called a week-long strike and made nine-point demands, including, appointment of a film-related person as the chief executive of BFTI.
The ministry’s additional secretary Manzurur, who held the position of chief executive as his additional duty, said he had been requesting the information ministry for the past one year to relive him from the additional duty. ‘I cannot pay much time for the institute for my routine works,’ Manzurur said.
Bangladesh Film and Television Institute students complained that BFTI does not provide required facilities as an ideal institutes require.
The institute does not have modern equipment, adequate number of skilled teachers, does not provide sufficient funds for making films and does not organise workshops by reputed filmmakers and technical crews, the students complained.
Bangladesh Film and Television Institute was established in 2014 under the Bangladesh Film and Television Institute act with the aim of training new filmmakers and technical crews for developing the country’s film industry.
The sole government filmmaking training institute offers post-graduate diploma courses on filmmaking and television programmes. The institute now has around 50 students.
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