The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has given the green signal for a Rs 80-crore grant to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Final approval was granted at the Governing Council (GC) meeting on Thursday,FTII sources said. Approval comes after almost a yearlong delay in getting sanctions from various ministries involved,they added.
DJ Narain,Director,FTII,said,Rs 43 crore will be used for construction,while Rs 37 crore will be used for buying new equipment. At the GC we discussed the need for new buildings,as well as revamping existing structures. Chairman of the GC,Saeed Mirza,gave his nod for the purchase of high-end equipment which will benefit students.
They will construct an art workshop,a knowledge centre,a new theatre and classrooms for students. New accommodation blocks for families of employees and staff will also be constructed using the grant.
HD cameras and new sound mixing equipment will be purchased to remodel existing post-production set-up. Technologies are changing the world over and given that the FTII is a premier institute,it is important we keep up the standards we have set, he adds.
The approval is in sync with DPR (Development Project Report) tabled by experts about the future of the institute. The current upgrade of buildings and new construction is being supervised by KN Rai,ex-chief engineer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Nachiket Patwardhan,who form the Project Monitoring Unit. This is being done under supervision by CCW: AIR (Civil Construction Wing: All India Radio),which is in charge of all construction projects under the I&B ministry.
Narain says they have set up a technical advisory council to help them procure new equipment. The construction work will be completed by 2016 before the next five-year plan. Also new equipment coming in will be in sync with syllabus overhaul,which will happen by 2014, he adds.