FTII, Tit for Tat and Grim Trigger Strategy

Film and Television Institute of India ( FTII) is in news for wrong reasons. Students who joined in 2008 and who should have got diploma by 2011 are still yet to complete diploma, while batch which joined in 2009 has already completed diploma. These students are still staying in FTII’s hostel putting pressure on inadequate infrastructure of the institute. Reasons for delay according to students are many -incompetent faculty, change in syllabus, lack of infrastructure and “swine flu” etc.

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Students of 2008 batch have assumed leadership in ongoing strike, while reason for strike is appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as director of institute,  it does not address  the deeper issues- lack of infrastructure, lack of discipline in students, lack of quality faculty etc. Whether Chauhan is capable of resolving issue is different story, what is worrying is falling standards of this premier institute.

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Two players director and students instead of resolving the issue are more interested in playing games. First students went on strike and  then current director Prashant Patharbe was “gheroed” by students when he decided to do assessment of 2008 batch, resulting in police entering campus and arresting 5 students. So far game strategy is tit for tat, if students defect, the director also defects to ensure that students cooperate. But if situation does not improve i.e. students refuse to cooperate, then director will be forced to use what is called as grim trigger strategy, resulting in series of actions/punishments that will continue till students cooperate.

Hope good sense will prevail and game will end at tit for tat stage itself and not get into grim trigger strategy.

 

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