The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) recently gave nod to five postgraduate certificate courses offered by the Film and Television Institute (FTII), Pune.
FTII has become the first institute in India to get approval from the regulatory body in applied arts, crafts and design category for courses.
Four courses from the TV wing including Direction, Electronic Cinematography, Video Editing and Sound Recording and Television Engineering and Feature Film Screenplay Writing from the film wing has been approved by the AICTE.
Talking to Education Times, Bhupendra Kainthola, director of FTII, says, “Since movie making is perceived to be glamorous and profitable, most students want to enrol in the courses under this category, while there are a few takers for television courses offered by the institute. AICTE approval will add credibility to the TV courses.”
Despite being a government institute, FTII graduates often faced the problem of validating their certifications while exploring academic and professional opportunities abroad, since most international institutes recognise National Board of Accreditation (NBA) or AICTE accredited programmes, says Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE.
“The approval will improve the global reputation of FTII courses and increase job prospects for the students aspiring to work overseas. Research in film technology is becoming important and as AICTE provides research funds only to the affiliated institutes. The approval will open doors for research grants for the aspiring students,” adds Sahasrabudhe.
In 2017, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had recognised six three-years postgraduate diploma programmes offered by the FTII. But, five PG certificate courses of one-year duration were not given approval by the AIU. “AICTE is known for offering accreditation to technical institutes. When AICTE invited applications for accreditation of courses in applied arts, crafts and design category, we decided to go for it,” adds Kainthola, hoping to acquire more credibility to the courses offered at FTII.