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Govt. to take steps to make FTII a centre of excellence: Ambika Soni.

Pune, July 2 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Saturday said that a Bill would be introduced in Parliament enabling the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) becoming a centre for excellence.

Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting here, Soni said: "This recognition would enable the Institute to foster creative ideas and also enjoy the academic status and privileges of a University. It would also facilitate students to pursue higher studies and research in both India and abroad.

"This measure would enable the FTII to draw a road map, to address the growing needs of media and entertainment industry," she added.

A group of experts have already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed upgradation of the FTII. The DPR broadly contains recommendations for revitalization of the courses being offered by the Institute. It also envisages enhancing the infrastructure of the Institute. The DPR will be considered by the governing council of the institute, which is meeting on July 6.

Speaking on the occasion, Soni informed the members that the Planning Commission recently approved the Rs. 660 crores allocation for setting up the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM).

The mission envisages digitization of film heritage of the country preserved by Departments viz National Film Archives of India (NFAI), National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Films Division (FD), Directorate of Film Festival (DFF), Children Film Society of India (CFSI) etc.

During the discussions, the members of the consultative committee endorsed the vision statement made by the Chairman, FTII, Saeed Mirza. The members were also of the view that FTII should reach out to remote areas, to tap talents available there.

For this purpose, it was proposed to hold mobile short-term courses in critical aspects of filmmaking. In this context, Soni said this proposal is in sync with the outreach strategy being adopted by the ministry with respect to opening of four regional centres of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication at Jammu, Aizawl, Amravati and Kerala.

She also informed that the Directorate of Film Festivals was adopting a similar strategy by taking the national award winning films to different parts of the country, through its Mini Film Festivals.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. S Jagatrakshakan, Members of Parliament Shyam Benegal, Shatrughan Sinha, Bharat Kumar Raut, Dr. Anup Kumar Saha, Anil Madhav Dave, Tapas Paul, Ranee Narah, M P Achutan and Mohd. Adeeb were present on the occasion. (ANI)

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