New Delhi: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has equated six post-graduate diploma programmes of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, with a master’s degree.
These programmes include two- and three-year courses of cinematography, editing, direction and screenplay writing, sound recording and sound design, art direction and production design and acting, according to a statement issued by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry.
“The master’s equivalence launches FTII into a new academic orbit and introduces a new dimension for students who can now leverage this attribute for higher studies, in India and abroad,” the ministry said in the statement.
This comes after a four-member committee from AIU met FTII faculty earlier in December. “Gajendra Chauhan, chairman at FTII, Pawan Manvi and Rajan Welukar, members of FTII academic council, briefed the committee on the strong credentials of FTII,” the ministry said in the statement, adding that FTII has been trying to secure the master’s degree for its diploma programmes since 2011.
For the year 2017-18, the government has earmarked Rs207 crore for the film sector, up from Rs134 crore last year, which will include dissemination of film content, infrastructure development and the development of a National Museum of Indian Cinema, among other projects.
Overall, the finance minister has set apart Rs4,409 crore for the I&B ministry for 2017-18, 5.96% more than what he allocated last year. The annual budget of the ministry was Rs4,161 crore.
The I&B ministry also set up a film promotion fund recently, under which any movie selected in the competition section in any international film festival will be given financial aid, including India’s official nominations for the Academy awards. The aid will be given for promotional activities related to the film, the value of which will range from Rs7.5 lakh to Rs1 crore, depending on the stature of the film festival.