FTII to broad base its course content; introduce choice based credit systems

NEW DELHI: The Film and Television Institute of India is to have new syllabus for its courses aimed at streamlining academic course work.

The Governing Council of the FTII in its 129th meeting held in Mumbai today also gave approval to the Academic Council's proposal to convert FTII into a holistic institute of cinema, television and allied arts, offering varied choice of subjects related to cinema and digital media.

The GC also approved the vision document of FTII, which proposes to switch from teacher centric approach to learning centric approach, giving students enough flexibility to steer his / her career.

The GC Meeting was chaired by Chairman Gajendra Chauhan and Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Ajay Mittal attended the meeting as a special invitee.

The Academic Council of FTII, headed by noted filmmaker and television producer B P Singh, had drawn up an action plan for broad basing the course content. The proposal envisages setting up of nine different “schools” under the aegis of FTII, which will offer 22 courses, including short-term courses in music composing, animation and gaming, prosthetics and make up, costume design etc, besides the core subjects like direction, cinematography, acting, editing and sound design.

The new syllabus aims to finish the courses in time bound manner. The new syllabus has been drawn up through a collaborative process taking inputs from academics, experts and alumni of FTII.

The institute will also introduce Choice Based Credit System which would replace the present system of annual assessment. The new syllabus under semester system would be introduced from August 2016 batch, while existing batches will continue to be covered under the old system. The GC also approved appointment of a Proctor and new rules regarding hostel accommodation.

Film maker Rajkumar Hirani, actor Satish Shah, former Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Director Pankaj Chandra, former Mumbai Univesity Vice Chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, DG K G Suresh, Films DivisonDG Mukesh Sharma, Ramoji Film & Television Institute, Hyderabad, Director Pavan Manvi, and noted film critic Bhavana Somayya were among those attended the meeting.

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