The University of Mumbai has launched five degree courses in film making – indeed a grand plan. This has been done in association with the Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment (RSACE). The courses are film art, film production, script writing, VFX and animation. To be run by MU’s Garware Institute of Career Education and Development (GICED) and The Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment, the courses will be offered to students from the next academic session. For this, the university plans to create an infrastructure worth Rs 3,000 crore plus in 1.2 lakh square feet area in its Kalina campus.
The university plans to add diploma courses for working professionals in the future long with short-term courses in cinema and entertainment too. The university’s academic council is to approve the new programmes. The programme was launched by actor Amitabh Bachchan in presence of other members from the board of RSACE at an event on MU’s Kalina campus. While the fees of the programme will be announced shortly for the revenue-sharing model between the university and the academy has not yet been discussed.
On the same occasion, MU vice-chancellor announced that the university is making a master plan for a separate building for the courses on the Kalina campus. Ashish Kulkarni, an advisory board member of the academy said, “In countries across the world, universities have supported their respective film industries. It’s a shame that in its 160 years, MU has not had any academic programme that covers the 105-year-old film industry in the country.”
While addressing the gathering during the inauguration, Amitabh Bachchan also praised filmmaker Ramesh Sippy who is founder of these courses saying, “Ramesh Sippy is a great motivator, technician and teacher. The students enrolled in this programme will get comprehensive knowledge and will graduate with a degree in various aspects of film production and entertainment.”
On this Sippy commented, “It is very difficult to say where it all began. In my heart, I always wanted to do something like this. You got something from the industry which would stand in time. In my own little way, I will be contributing to the future of the film industry.”