THE NEW and revised syllabus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), which is supposed to streamline the academic process and avoid delays in course completion, may not take effect from this academic year, said institute Chairman Gajendra Chauhan.
The admission process for the fresh batch has commenced with orientation and interviews of shortlisted candidates being currently held at various centres across the country. Classes for the new batch may commence by end of May or early June. However, the academic council, the body which is responsible for academic issues including the syllabus, is yet to be formed.
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The existing syllabus is among the prominent reasons for delay in completion of film wing courses. Since 2000, none of the batches have finished the course in the due period of three years with some batches taking as many as seven years. Institute administration and faculty members have gone on record many times blaming the syllabus structure along with other factors for the delay.
Since the syllabus review committee worked for about a year on restructuring the syllabus to shorten the duration, it was expected that the syllabus will be effective from this academic year. However, Chauhan said that since the to-be-formed academic council is yet to finalise on the new syllabus, it’s likely that the new batch will have to go ahead with the old syllabus.
“Vice Chairman BP Singh is in-charge of the academic matters and he has held two meetings with respect to the syllabus review. Very soon he will hold another meeting by the end of this month to decide on the syllabus issue. Once that happens, the syllabus will be approved by the Governing Council in its next meeting. It’s a lengthy process. If this happens before the classes of fresh batch commences, then it’s alright. If not, it will be implemented from the next batch,” said Chauhan.
Meanwhile, sources said, the syllabus may take nearly six months to finalise as review committee members are yet to come to consensus on the same. “Although drafts are ready, a meeting of the committee has not happened in last eight months although separate deliberations have been held with heads of departments. There are differences and it needs to be sorted out. Then a final draft can be formulated and put before the Academic Council,” an official said.