With the approval of a new syllabus in the Film and Television Institute of India, the idea of turning the place into a “holistic institute of cinema, television and allied arts” by the Governing Council seems to be touching the reality. The actor and BJP member, Gajendra Chauhan, also the FTII chairman, has revealed a proposal where the students studying in the institute would be offered varying choice of subjects related to cinema and digital media. The Pune-based institute is said to be doing away with the present system of annual assessment and replaced with CBCS (Choice Based Credit System).
Touted as a ‘vision document’, the proposal is meant to make a change of teacher-centric approach of the institute into a learning-centric approach so that the students find flexibility to direct their career. A plan has been formed for broad-basing the course content by setting up of nine schools under the wings of FTII. The institute will offer 22 courses, including short-term courses in music composing, animation and gaming, prosthetics and make-up, costume design, etc., besides the core subjects like direction, cinematography, acting, editing and sound design.
The way the new syllabus has been structured is such that it gets finished in a time-bound manner. A collective process has been carved out with the inputs being contributed by academics, experts and alumni of FTII. Till a new syllabus is not introduced, the students will have to continue with the old syllabus. A meeting was held to decide over the new rules regarding not just the syllabus but the hostel accommodation as well. I&B Secretary Ajay Mittal presided the meeting being a special invitee. Besides filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, actor Satish Shah, former director of IIM, Bangalore, Pankaj Chandra; former Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University Dr Rajan Welukar; DG, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, K G Suresh; DG, Films Divison, Mukesh Sharma; Director, Ramoji Film & Television Institute, Pavan Manvi and film critic Bhavana Somayya were among those who attended the meeting.
It is considered that this system will help students specialize in a subject of their choice and have the options to take lessons from all allied subjects. The credit-based system will allow a student to take up courses from various other departments like sound, camera and editing and he will be able to prepare himself for subsequent requirements in the field. Moreover, apart from the specialized field, they can take credits of other disciplines as well, thereby, justifying the holistic approach set by the Governing Council.