The revamped syllabus would help the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) ensure that students complete their diplomas in time, Bhupendra Kainthola, director of the institute said on Monday.
Kainthola, who addressed a press conference on the subject of the new syllabus and the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) which the institute is implementing for the first time from the new batch scheduled to join on July 27, informed that the three-year courses have been divided into six semesters, each consisting 20 weeks.
The new syllabus has been designed by the internal faculty with inputs from external subject experts with the active participation of students.
“We have endeavoured to keep the good points which were already in practise, and merged them with new points of relevance. The new syllabus has also adopted a modern academic process standardised around various film schools and has tried to adopt its pedagogue,” Kainthola said.
The new syllabus would replace the existing syllabus which was put to effect in 2000 and which, apparently, had overburdened the learning process.
“The existing three-year post graduate syllabus of the film wing of FTII was implemented in 2000. In the subsequent years, minor changes were made to accommodate new technological inputs and new departments came into existence. But all interim changes incorporated in the existing syllabus gradually overburdened it. It also lacked a methodology like a credit system which enabled the institute to assess the weightage of learning that was offered by the institute,” the director added.
A foundation course of two weeks would be held in the beginning of the first semester which would teach contents from liberal arts and cinema and would be conducted by experts and practitioners of the respective fields. “This course would provide students a broader perspective of exposure to various art forms and their formal understanding,” Kainthola said, adding that there is also a provision for inter-departmental open electives in the second and fourth semesters.