The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted approval to five courses of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under freshly created Applied Arts and Crafts category.
On May 11th, the AICTE released its list of Institutions and approved courses in the newly created category consisting of institutes offering courses in applied arts, crafts, and design. All of the five one-year Post Graduate Certificate courses of FTII made it to the list.
Out of the five FTII courses to have received the AICTE approval, four are in the Television wing which is as follows – Direction, Electronic Cinematography, Video Editing, and Sound Recording & TV Engineering. The other one is in the Film wing is the Feature Film Screenplay Writing course.
In spite of being a government institute, the FTII graduates have often faced problems with validating their certifications, especially while exploring academic and professional opportunities abroad. As National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and AICTE accreditations are the most recognized ones, the chairman of FTII believes that the AICTE approval will add more credibility and takers for TV courses which were in need of an admission spike.
He continued to add that this approval would 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 would open doors for research grants for many aspiring students.
In 2017, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) had also recognized six three-years postgraduate diploma programs offered by the FTII. The FTII was established in the year 1960. It is an autonomous body under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
The AICTE is a body that is responsible for appropriate planning, coordination, and development of technical education and management of the education systems in India. The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), established in the year 1960 at Pune is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India.