Mumbai meeting: FTII council clears Digital Media University plan with 22 courses

Although some students were opposed to the academic council’s proposed changes, Tuesday’s meeting paves the way for their implementation from August.

Written by Radhika Singh , Atikh Rashid | Mumbai/pune | Published:July 6, 2016 3:23 am
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The governing council of the Film and Television Institute of India Tuesday cleared a list of proposals suggested by the FTII’s academic council, headed by producer BP Singh, at a meeting held at Films Division, Mumbai.

The proposed vision document of the academic council includes conversion of the institute into a Digital Media University, as well as changes in the syllabus structure, additional courses to be offered, and disciplinary solutions, said Gajendra Chauhan, the chairman of the FTII’s governing council.

Although some students were opposed to the academic council’s proposed changes, Tuesday’s meeting paves the way for their implementation from August.

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Regarding the setting up of a Digital Media University, Bhupendra Kainthola, FTII’s director, told The Indian Express that they will now form sub-committees on various subjects to implement the changes needed to make it a reality. Singh had initially shared the proposal with the faculty members in the first week of April 2016. According to FTII insiders, the changes resemble recommendations of a draft report prepared by Hewitt Associates and submitted in November 2010, that led to protests by students and alumni and forced the administration to scrap the draft report.

The Digital Media University envisages setting up of nine different “schools” under the aegis of FTII, which will offer 22 courses. The institute currently offers 11 courses— seven on filmmaking and four on television production.

The governing council also passed some statutes regarding disciplinary issues at the meet.

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