Govt to spend Rs250 crore on setting up FTII, IIMC campuses in north-east

Govt to set up a FTII campus in Arunachal Pradesh, and a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in Mizoram


A file photo of the IIMC campus in New Delhi. Currently, IIMC has campuses in Jammu, Amravati, Kottayam, Dhenkanal and Aizawl (temporary premises). Photo: Mint
A file photo of the IIMC campus in New Delhi. Currently, IIMC has campuses in Jammu, Amravati, Kottayam, Dhenkanal and Aizawl (temporary premises). Photo: Mint

New Delhi: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry is planning to spend Rs200 crore to set up a Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) campus in Arunachal Pradesh, and Rs50 crore to set up a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in Aizawl, Mizoram.

According to a statement released by the ministry on Tuesday, FTII in Arunachal Pradesh will be set up over an area of nearly 50 acres and will be a part of the extended campus of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.

“The proposed Film & Television Institute of India in Arunachal Pradesh and the setting up of permanent campus of IIMC at Aizawl would provide quality training to the young population, catering to their needs and aspirations and thereby acting as talent creators and talent hubs in the region. This (FTII) would act as a catalyst to promote talent in different aspects of film-making in the region,” said M. Venkaiah Naidu, I&B minister, in the statement.

FTII and IIMC are autonomous bodies under the I&B ministry. Currently, FTII has a campus in Pune, while the New Delhi-headquartered IIMC has campuses in Jammu, Amravati, Kottayam, Dhenkanal and Aizawl (temporary premises).

Naidu on Tuesday reviewed the policies and programmes of the ministry and its departments in the north eastern region. Recently, the ministry had also increased the subsidy for setting up community radio stations in the north-eastern region by up to 90%.

“Community radio stations broadcast programmes on issues which are of immediate relevance to the community and thereby facilitate development by disseminating information,” Naidu added.

For the fiscal year 2017-18, the government has earmarked Rs207 crore for the film sector, up from Rs134 crore last year, which will be spent on dissemination of film content and infrastructure development, among other projects.

In February, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had equated six post-graduate diploma programmes of FTII with a master’s degree. The programmes included two- and three-year courses of cinematography, editing, direction and screenplay writing, sound recording and sound design, art direction and production design and acting. The institute had also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with digital imaging company Canon India Pvt. Ltd in a bid to promote film education through short-term courses across the country.

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