BAIHATA CHARIALI, Aug 27 � The future of the students of Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute, the only film institute of Northeast India, is going to be dark due to inactivity of Cultural Affairs Minister Pranati Phukan.
Based at Kahilipara, Guwahati, the students of the film institute now have to face a lot of problems though they had a number of colourful dreams before gaining admission into the institute to become skilled persons in their respective technical fields. But due to lack of modern facilities available in the institute the students of the institute have been deprived of the use and learning of modern technical education from long time. On the other hand the students of the institute alleged that the age-old instruments including cameras were also not in good condition for which they have been badly affected.
For the development of the institute including availability of modern teaching materials, machinery and tools, the students of the institute observed a democratic agitation on August 12 and a section of the agitators even locked the institute.
Recently Pranati Phukan, Cultural Affairs Minister held a discussion at the permanent site of Jyoti Citraban Film and Television Institute at Changsari, Kamrup with the officers-employees and students of the institute but the minister did not take any step to the solution of the problems of the students.
It is to be mentioned here that the government of the State laid out a plan to construct the institute at Sila near Changsari with an aim to provide all modern facilities, equipped with modern machinery to make the students of the institute fully skilled in their respective technical line so that they could compete with the student of other institutes in national or international level.
For this in 2009, a plot of land about 30 bighas has been acquired at the foothill of Sila and the construction of the institute was formally inaugurated by the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in the presence of the Cultural Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 25, 2009. Though the year of the completion of the institute was fixed in 2010 but due to red-tapism, the construction of the institute has not been completed till date.
A section of people said that the amount Rs 13.64 crore was allotted for it and deposited then in the respective account but due to lackadaisical attitude of the officers concerned, about seventy per cent work of the construction of the technical institute remained to be completed. The conscious section of the State has alleged that due to negligence on the part of the authorities concerned, the future of 70 students of the institute has badly been affected and uncertainty is looming over the construction of the institute.