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Even as the Rs 3,633 crore budget was approved unanimously after two days of discussion,some newly elected corporators in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have alleged the ruling NCP was making unequal provision of funds in the civic budget for development projects. Corporator Kalpana Thorve said the budgetary provisions for development work in panels were not equal,which was unjustified.
Corporator Raju Pawar said that the ruling alliance has given step-motherly treatment to corporators of other political parties by allotting more funds for areas represented by corporators of the ruling party,while giving less for others.
They should clarify on the less provision made for the work in his panel, he said adding it would be difficult to carry out development work of the region in his area with less funds. Corporators Kalpana Bahirat,Neelima Khade and Rupali Patil sought an explaination from the authorities over unequal provisions for development work in the 76 panels.
Symbiosis sets up film school
The Symbiosis University has come up with an initiative Centre of Entertainment Technology a few short-term courses on screenplay writing,television news reporting,acting and film appreciation this summer.
In the first stage,programmes like screenplay writing,song recording,acting for theatre and screen,film appreciation,art of make-up,television news reporting and advanced Photoshop will be conducted under the centre of entertainment technology.
Most of the workshops will be held at the Symbiosis Studios at Symbiosis Lavale campus.
Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar,who is also the R K Laxman Chair Professor at Symbiosis University is the driving force behind this initiative.
Renowned professionals and experts in their respective fields will conduct these workshops. Prof Suresh Chabria,former director National Film Archive of India and a well known film theoretician and who has spent several years teaching film appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India,Pune and universities in India and abroad will conduct some sessions in the workshop.
The screenplay writing workshop will be conducted by Charudatt Acharya,who is an alumnus of the FTII and a prolific film and television writer.
Tushar Bhatia,a well-known music composer will be conducting the music workshop.