Mumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Wednesday.
Kher will replace former television actor Gajendra Chauhan whose appointment sparked a major controversy a few years back. Many FTII students had protested, claiming that he is unfit for the post.
Chauhan was appointed as FTII chief on June 9, 2015. His term ended in March this year.
Anupam, who is one of the most respected actors in the film industry, has previously held the post of Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. Also, he was honored with Padma Shri in 2104 and Padma Bhushan in 2016.
Kher’s appointment comes a day after FTII launched its first-ever skill-based training course in digital video editing. The three-week course is being conducted as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana of the National Skill Development Corporation, which is run under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship