In a first in the country,Gujarat University is set to launch a one-year post-graduate diploma course in film acting,directing,editing and videography.
GUs Board of Studies and the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Television,Film and Drama (CTFD) on Saturday cleared a proposal for launching the course which is aimed at providing trained manpower for film industry in the state.
The course will start from this academic year itself.
With this decision,GU became the first university in the country to launch such a course. Though there are some institutes in Delhi,Chennai and Pune giving training in film acting,direction,editing and videography,none of them are working directly under any university or are affiliated to a university.
The decision to start the course was taken in view of a number of Bollywood personalities setting up film production centres in the state,particularly around Ahmedabad and in Kutch district. Several actors have already been allotted land within a 30-km radius from Ahmedabad.
GU spokesperson Pradip Prajapati told The Indian Express that coming up of film production centres in the state required human resources. The new course will also be effective in promoting the Gujarati film industry,which lacked in trained human resources,he said.
Among those who attended GUs meeting to approve the new course included well-known film-maker Sanjiv Shah,Gujarati film actor Raju Barot,script writer Chinu Modi and videography expert Rajiv Saundarva. They are all members of the board of studies and CTFD and have offered their services to teach the students and also help the university in hiring experts from Bollywood.
The course,according to Prajapati,will comprise more of practicals and less of theory.
There will be 10 seats for acting and five seats each for direction,editing and videography. The number of seats are being kept limited because it requires instruments for training the students.
The graduates from all disciplines with passing marks will be eligible for admission after a written test and interview.
Prajapati said that even students doing MA/M.Sc could join the course simultaneously as the classes will be held in the evening.