Establishing a Tradition in Film and TV Training...
Established in the year 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises at Pune and thereby inheriting a rich legacy in quality Cinema , the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has truly lived up to its avowed objective in the field of imparting training in film making and television programme production. Today the FTII is considered as a Center of Excellence not only in India but also in Asia and Europe. Films made by the students of the Institute are entered in festivals both in India and abroad. Many of them have won National and International awards.
The alumni of the FTII have penetrated all corners of the Indian Film and Television industry and have excelled in all its fields. For example Subhash Ghai, Mani Kaul, Nasiruddin Shah, Jaya Bhaduri, Raza Murad, Shatrughan Sinha, Mithun Chakraborty, Tom Alter, Kanwarjit Paintal, Adoor Gopal Krishnan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Resul Pookutty are alumni of this Institute.
The FTII is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. Its policies are determined by a Governing Council. The latter appoints the director of the institute. The current director of the institute is Mr. Pankaj Rag (IAS).
The FTII is a member of CILECT an international association of film schools.
Radio FTII was inaugurated by Gyanpeeth Award winner Dr. U.R. Ananthamurthy by releasing its signature tune on Jan 29, 2007. Our signature tune depicts the role of FTII in contribution to Indian Cinema.
Radio FTII provides informative and educative programmes on several topics. Ms. Gargi Phule has produced our maiden programmes a Marathi drama “Krishna Kinara” Since then we are moving forward. Our programme contents have grown up by 275% within a year. Today we are having about 350 programmes on diverse subjects and issues.
Our cinema enthusiastic listeners are getting programmes on Cinema in the form of interviews, lectures and interactions with noted film makers. Our Alumni share their experiences of the campus.
Indian Institute of Education, Pune, State Resource Centre, Pune have provided audio material on education. We are giving information on different streams and institute available for students to pursue higher education.
Dr. Shekhar Kulkarni, a dynamic person, has roped in specialist doctors to enrich our Health segment. He has also helped us in getting programmes on other subjects. Our effort is to explore the benefits of alternative therapies and practices.
Padma Vibhushan Dr. Mohan Dharia, former Cabinet Minister and former Vice-Chairman, Planning Commission, Ms. Sheetal Mahajan, Parachute Jumper who has five world records in Parachute Jumping and Dr. Prakash Amte’s selfless service to the tribal area is worth listening for inspiration. We had with us social workers Shanta Tai Ranade, Shri Y.B. Dixit, Prof. Sharad Chandra Gokhale (CASP).
We have to share each others problems to develop. In our concern about challenged persons, we have presented Mrs. Vidya Bhagwat and Mrs. Rohini Mehendale, who are working for rehabilitation of the disabled persons. We have provided a platform to Shri Ramakant Gaikwad, a visually handicapped person for his poetry and singing.
Human Right activist Adv. Asim Sarade has discussed in detail different issues covered under Human Rights and Adv. Sukhada Kulkarni on Human Rights related to women.
In our environment section ‘Zone Ozone’ many NGOs have come forward to tell you their contribution for better earth. Dr. Parag Mahajan an environmental Scientist has very well explained how to save nature.
Different faces of human being, experienced by our listeners, are shared. We try to bring out unknown faces from the crowd. Many voices have utilised our platform for their creative content. We have created characters for the awareness of social issues. Our programmes are enriched with health tips, general tips, general knowledge and social messages.
We have presented full length dedicated programmes on International Women’s Day , World Health Day, International Labour Day, World Environment Day, International Day for Disabled, Human Rights Day, World Aids Day, World Teacher’s Day and Teacher’s Day.
Our content shaping endeavour has won us a lot of listeners. The good work done so far, during this one year of Radio FTII has been appreciated. The response of the listeners has been encouraging.
It is a big achievement considering that though our resources remain limited, we have been able to maintain a quality in service and content.
It has been decided to revive the periodical, Lensight with a fresh approach and new features on regular basis. The new outlook of ‘Lensight’ will include articles, in English and Hindi, on various aspects of Cinema, Television and other entertainment forms. In this connection, all the FTII students, with an intuition to write on film and television, are requested to contribute heartily for the periodical. The proposed topics can be discussed with the Director or Shri Satish Kumar, Dean (Films) or Shri Chandrashekhar Joshi, Film Research Officer.
We expect a good response from all the FTII students, both from film and television courses to make it a successful venture again.
This is a revival of ‘Lensight’ after almost eight years. But this is revival in a new form, with a shift in focus and perspective. ‘Lensight’ shall no longer be a mere ‘technical’ journal for celluloid professionals, rather it would touch upon a variety of facets of films and media – critical appreciation of films, personalities, music, etc; as well as the dialectics of their organic interaction with society and its trends. We hope that this endeavor would help in getting a wider readership for ‘Lensight’.
This issue of ‘Lensight’ is concentrated on films. It encapsulates a wide range of subjects – from a critical evaluation of some memorable Hindi films of the 50s and 60s to an in-depth analysis of Renoir’s masterpiece ‘Rules of the Game’, from an examination of ‘looking’ and ‘image making’ in literature, theatre and cinema through the story of Sakuntala to a reliving of the experience of cinema through ‘A Space Odyssey’ or via the struggles and the turmoils faced in the making of the award-winning diploma film ‘Udedh Bun’, from reflection on writing in films to a commentary on films and social change. This volume also include articles as tribute to V. Shantaram and Nabendu Ghosh, interviews with Raj Kumar Hirani and Enoch Daniels, a journey through the Korean film industry, an interesting poetic interpretation of Bollywood as well as some thoughts on film and recorded music.
It is particularly heartening that not only experts and the faculty of FTII but even the students of the Institute have contributed in this revival of ‘Lensight’. It is this enthusiastic response that inspires us to plan at least three issues of ‘Lensight’ every year. We hope that with the continued support of contributors and readers, we shall be successful in continuing this venture.
|1)||Om Shanti Om : A tale of self-reflection from Bollywood||– Ratnakar Tripathy|
|2)||Appaji||- Satish Kumar|
|3)||A Question of Realism||- P. K. Nair|
|4)||Rules of the Game and Playtime (IInd Part)||- Sreya Chatterjee|
|5)||Film Market and the Telugu Nation||- S. V. Srinivas|
|6)||How Our Films took after then and still taking||- Firoze Rangoonwalla|
|7)||High Dynamic Range in Still and Motion Picture Photography||- K. G. Soman|
|8)||Design in The Apu Trilogy||- Satish Bahadur|
|9)||A Search for that Perfect Indian Documentary||- Anu Radha|
|10)||Swanand Kirkire Se Batchit||- Ajay Brahmatmaj|
Here is Great news!
The FTII has revived the professional journal, Lensight. It was earlier a quarterly publication and then it was published twice a year. Lensight used to publish articles by professionals and teachers elaborating various technical and aesthetic advancements in the entertainment industry. Now, It will also have articles on the process of making of film and Television projects, the problems as well as challenges faced and the solutions sought.
Besides contributions from FTII teachers and staff members, renowned personalities and professional are writing articles and sharing their experiences in the field on the platform of Lensight.
Lensight has already earned huge goodwill among film and television professionals, teachers and students.
Do you wish to contribute to Lensight on the above line or even an independent expression?
Feel free to communicate.
Film Research Officer
The Vision and Mission Statement in respect of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, is enclosed as Annexure-I.
|1.||Details of Business transacted by the Organization :|
|The main business transacted by the Institute is to impart training to the students in the art and craft of filmmaking and offer in-service training to the personnel from Doordarshan. The detailed objectives of the Institute are enclosed as Annexure-II. A copy of Prospectus for the year 2006 is also available on this website.|
|2.||Details/types of Clients/Customers|
|The main clients/customers of the Institute are film and television course students, TV trainees deputed by Doordarshan and Outside Producers of Film and TV Production houses.|
|3.||Expectations from the client/citizen|
|The students and TV trainees expect systematic training in the art and craft of Film and TV media. The Outside Producers' expectations are limited to timely provision of good quality equipment, trained technicians and suitable locations for their Film and TV productions, at reasonable rates. The in-service training offers opportunity of interaction and exchange of ideas among DD employees and augmenting their skills and exposure to the new technical aspects of the medium.|
|4.||Statement of services provided to each client/user group separately (preferably in statement form)|
|A statement showing number of students and TV trainees trained in the Institute is enclosed a Annexure-III.|
|5.||Spell out standards of service i.e. indicate time-limits for execution of various tasks involving public interface and the quality of service with reference to courtesy and helpfulness of the staff|
Being an educational institution, the main services of the Institute involve training for film and television students enrolled in the Diploma courses and the One Year Certificate Course in Television and Doordarshan and TV trainees. The syllabi for the various courses are designed by the Academic Council that consists of media professionals and teachers. The courses have fixed duration which are arrived at after provision of training in all important ingredients of Film, Television and allied subjects. The teachers are appointed as per the standards of qualifications and experience set by the Governing Council. The short Courses vary in their duration from 2 weeks to 8 weeks.
The TV Wing also conducts in-service training courses for the personnel of Doordarshan covering all categories of staff in TV Production, Technical Operations, Editing, Sound Recording, Camera, Graphics and Set Design etc.
12 Weeks Course in TV Production and Technical Operations for DD Staff.
Other Short Courses
Students and Trainees constantly interact with the Faculty, Director, and the Governing Bodies of the FTII and thus all assistance is rendered to them to solve problems and issues.
|6.||Details of Grievance Redress Mechanism and how to access the same. The charter should indicate that in the event of non-fulfillment of the commitments, whom should the user approach (phone number/e-mail address, etc. need to be given)|
The Institute has an Information & Facilitation Counter open during the office hours of the FTII; i.e. from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm on all working days, except Saturday when the Institute’s working hours are from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
The Institute has appointed Dr. Kedarnath Awati, Dean (Television) as Staff Grievance Officer to look into the problems faced by the employees of FTII.
In the event of non-fulfillment of the commitments, Director, FTII, who looks after the day-to-day activities of the Institute, can be contacted on the following address
|7.||There should be an in-built provision for annual review of the Charter and performance audit by outside agency|
|The academic activities and other programmes of the Institute are reflected in the Annual Report submitted to the Ministry of I&B. The Accounts of the Institute are audited by Chartered Accountants appointed on the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India . Accounts are also inspected annually by the Principal Director of Audit, Central, Mumbai.|
|8.||The level at which the charter has been approved|
|The contents of the Citizens’ Charter are approved by the Governing Council which is the supreme authority of this Autonomous Society to approve all the academic and administrative issues and matters.|
|9.||A provision of feedback/suggestions from the users may be indicated in the charter|
|With students, a continuous dialogue is maintained at FTII through the Students Association. The TV trainees, at the end of their course, are requested to give feedback of academic inputs and other aspects of the Institute and offer suggestions, if any.|
i) Vision and Mission Statement :
'To impart technical education and training in the sphere of films and television'.
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is a centre of excellence for training in film and television, recognised both inside the country and outside for its contribution to the Indian Cinema and Television.
Located in Pune in the well-equipped film studios of former the Prabhat Film Company, it had a convenient start, with a promising future. Very soon, the students coming out of the Institute with new ideas and strong basis in technique made their impact felt on the Indian Cinema, which resulted in the rise of New Indian Cinema in the seventies. The Diploma holders of the Institute came to be recognised as well trained creative youngsters, and proved their merit in various branches of filmmaking. Today, some of them command the highest respect in their field.
Similarly, the Television Wing which started in 1974, contributed to the growth of television by providing in-service training to the personnel of Doordarshan. This position of the Institute as a premier institution was consolidated by the eighties.
The Institute has an excellent infrastructure with many state of the art facilities. Very few Film and TV Schools in the world have similar set-up and facilities. Because of the quality of education provided by the Institute, it has almost acquired a brand name.
A VISION DOCUMENT FOR THE FTII
A vision for any institution must essentially emanate from its self-definition. Most of the crucial elements of this definition can be located in the objectives, outlined in the Memorandum of Association of the FTII Society, for which the Institute was set up. However, this definition has to also take into account the identity of the Institute as it has evolved or emerged, over the years, in very broad operational terms.
The Institute, in consonance with the objectives which had been spelt out for it, has today emerged as the premier institution for imparting film and television training in the Country and for providing trained manpower for the growing needs of the film and television industry. Along with this recognition, however, has also come recognition of certain chronic problems which have often thrown the Institute in a state of turbulence thereby detracting from the pursuit of the laid down objectives at times.
Be that as it may, given the wealth of experience this institution has and the infrastructure that has gradually evolved over a period of time, it would only be appropriate at this juncture to envision a partial reorientation of the operative objectives of the Institute and arrive at a redefinition of sorts for its functioning parameters.
India has registered a fairly substantive global presence in the world of film making and is also headed towards a globally competitive entertainment industry, especially in the television medium. In tune with the pace and nature of such progress, a national level institution like FTII should also strive to achieve the status of a globally competitive, world class film school which can boast of teaching methodology as well technology of a class at par with the best in the world. A major imperative for reaching this goal would be to stave off, isolation from the international context in terms of curriculum and ideas as also endeavour to constantly benchmark our abilities and activities against globally competitive yardsticks of judgement. Towards the end we would need to ensure regular and substantive international presence, in terms of faculty and exchange students, on the campus. More innovative forums of exchange like film festivals, international workshops and seminars would have to be drawn up in furtherance of these objectives. Lest we lose out on our relevance to the world of Indian filmmaking, efforts would have to be mounted on a regular basis for meaningful exchanges between the Institute and the Industry. It has been on the basis of such exchange in the recent past that some new beginnings have been made in terms of starting new courses in Film Acting and Screenplay Writing. These courses have been brought in to fill the much felt need for providing trained actors and screenwriters for the film industry. Another course in Animation and Computer Graphics is proposed to be started shortly in response to the demands of a growing industry in this direction.
In the context of relevance to the national situation the Institute will have to be cognizant of the phenomenal growth of the television sector in the recent times and factor this growth into designing of its curriculum and courses. To this extent, a separate presentation is being made about proposals and suggestions regarding courses to be run by the television wing.
Taking an overview of the infrastructure available at the Institute the conclusion, at this juncture, remains inescapable that there are areas which need significant attention. While we have made some progress through plan procurements, we envisage substantive gaps remaining unfulfilled at current levels of plan funding. The Cinematography department, Editing department, the television wing, and some of the buildings and class rooms need immediate attention in terms of funding. It is to this end that we are proposing to the Government, with the approval of the Governing Council, for revision in our plan as well as non-plan grants for the current year. This request for revision has also been necessitated by substantive cuts in our original plan and non-plan proposals. These gaps need to be filled immediately because the teaching and training process would otherwise remain severely handicapped for want of necessary support infrastructure.
Another area which needs immediate attention is faculty and staff strength at this Institute. Many faculty positions have remained vacant now for sometime, thereby exerting enormous strain on the existing faculty. The situation needs immediate repair in order to carry on activities of the Institute, especially at the expanded scale that it is envisaged at. An enabling situation has to be created for smooth hiring of faculty and certain other staff positions and flexibility has to be accorded to the process of hiring external faculty in times of need. A review also needs to be done of the service conditions, such as pay scale and promotions, of the existing faculty in order to stave off general demoralization amongst them. Given the need for constantly responding to dynamic situations, a review also needs to be done of the recruitment rules and service bye-laws of the Institute in order to orient them towards meeting the current needs.
As a national institution the Institute cannot possibly withdraw from its role as a provider of publicly funded higher education in film and television medium. Doing so would deprive a vast cross-section of our population of valuable education they cannot otherwise afford economically. However, without detracting from this core social responsibility, the Institute needs to constantly innovate and expand its scope of activities in a manner so as to consolidate a self-reliant and self-sustaining enclave within its larger body. While fulfilling its role as a public institution, this would enable the Institute to maintain its competitive edge and make optimal use of the vastly expanded opportunities available in the market. To this end, it would be imperative to devise our budgeting and accounting system in such a way that all the self-sustaining courses are accounted for separately from the publicly funded courses. This would also give due regard to the necessity for flexibility in devising and running these courses.
It is at this juncture that a review also needs to be done of the pattern of funding for the Institute. While enabling it to bear the burden of establishment costs and some planned development, Government funding modalities also sometimes constrain dynamic responses to emergent situations. It is in recognition of these constraints that the need for a Corpus Fund has been felt and a proposal sent for approval of the Government. Besides a Corpus Fund, the Institute also needs to scout for other alternative sources of funding, from international organizations and corporate bodies, especially if we are to make productive use of the land resources that we have. Even for operationalizing our Building Master Plan for the main campus we would need substantive doses of funding. The need to rebuild certain facilities like the main theatre and class rooms and studios can hardly be overemphasized. These will have to be brought in the line with international standards if we are to attract similar clientele.
While all this goes along we need to keep our gaze focused on the core values that form the bedrock of any vibrant institution; the values of professionalism and adherence to clearly spelt out norms and standards. Lack of exercise of constant vigil on these scores have often resulted in unsavoury situations of slippages on schedules and undesirable delays in the academic sessions.
To sum up one may revert to the question of our image and identity. We are possibly at a juncture where a vision document such as this can be the trigger for an exercise at redefining our objectives as may be required reviewing our activities to bring them in line with current imperatives and refashioning our identity in order to refurbish our image.
The objectives for which the Institute is established are :
|1.||to develop suitable patterns of teaching in all branches of film and television, both at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, so as to establish high standards of films and television education in India |
|2.||to constantly endeavour at raising the technical standards of Indian films and television programmes so as to make them aesthetically more satisfying and acceptable |
|3.||to facilitate regular inflow of fresh ideas and new techniques in the field of Cinema and Television and a corresponding outflow of trained personnel imbibing these ideas and techniques |
|4.||to produce trained man-power both for the growing needs of the film industry and television organisations in India , and particularly to organise the in-service training programme for television personnel |
|5.|| to create a new awareness among the future workers in film and television of the potentialities of their media not only as means of entertainment but also of education and artistic expression |
|6.||to take over and carry on the administration and management of the former institutes along with the Television Centre |
|7.|| to cooperate or collaborate with other national and/or foreign institutes and institutions and organisations in the field of film television and the performing arts |
|8.|| to provide for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the art and craft of film-making for Cinema and Television and allied subjects |
|9.|| to provide facilities for and undertake research in various branches of film and television |
|10.|| to prescribe courses and curricula for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies |
|11.||to hold examinations and grant such diplomas and certificates and other academic distinctions as may be necessary; |
|12.|| to organise refresher courses, summer schools and the like and invite experts and research scholars from within the country and abroad for delivering lectures and/or developing research and to pay them such remunerations as may be appropriate |
|13.|| to depute students and members of the staff of the Institute to participate in seminars, conferences, workshops, training courses and the like, in India and abroad, through fellowships, scholarships and otherwise |
|14.|| to print, publish and exhibit any magazine, periodical, monograph poster or films that may be desirable for the promotion of the objectives of the Institute. |
|15.|| to assist and associate itself with efforts of other academic bodies, Governmental non-Governmental for the fulfilment of the objects of the Institute. |
|16.||to institute and award scholarships, fellowships, monetary assistance and prizes with a view to promoting interest in studies and research in film and television. |
|17.||to institute and appoint persons to professorships, readerships, lectureships and posts of any description in accordance with the rules and bye-laws. |
|18.||to fix and recover fees and other charges and establish, maintain and manage halls and hostels for the residence of scholars, officers, members of the staff and students of the Institute. |
|19.||to accept grants, subscriptions, donations, gifts, benefactions, bequests and transfers of properties, both movable and immovable, from any Government, Corporations, Trust or person for the purpose of the Institute, provided that no conditions or obligations opposed to the objects of the Institute are attached thereto, and in the case of grants and gifts from foreign Government, foreign organisations or international organisations, prior approval of Central Government is obtained. |
|20.||to maintain a fund to which shall be credited : |
|21.|| to deposit all moneys credited to the Fund in such banks or to invest the same in such manner as the Institute may decide. |
|22.||to draw, make, accept, endorse and discount cheques, notes or other negotiable instruments and for this purpose to sign, execute and deliver such assurance and deeds as may be necessary for the purpose of the Institute. |
|23.||to pay out of the funds belonging to the Institute or out of any particular part of such funds, the expenses incurred by the Institute from time to time for the management and administration of the affairs of the Institute, including all expenses incidental to the formation of the Institute, all rent, rates, taxes, outgoing and the salaries of the employees. |
|24.||to give pensions, gratuities or charitable aid to the teachers, staff and other employees or ex-employees of the Institute or to other wives, widows, children or other dependents of such persons. |
|25.||to make payments towards insurance and to form and contribute to provident and benefit funds of any person employed by the Institute or of the wives, widows, children or other dependents of such persons. |
|26.||to acquire, hold and dispose of property in any manner whatsoever for the purposes of the Institute, provided that the prior approval of the Central Government is obtained in the case of disposal of immovable property. |
|27.|| to use any property belonging to the Institute in such a manner as the Institute may deem fit for advancing its objects. |
|28.||to borrow and raise moneys with the prior approval of the Central Government, with or without security, or on the security of any mortgage, charge or hypothecation or pledge overall or any of the other manner whatever for the purpose of the Institute. |
|29.||to invest and deal with any moneys of the Institute not immediately required for any of its objects in such manner as may be provided by the Constitution of the Institute as may from time to time be determined. |
|30.||to build, construct and maintain houses, hostels, schools or other buildings and alter, extend, improve, repair, enlarge or modify the same including any existing buildings and to provide and equip the same with light, water, drainage, furniture, fittings, instruments, apparatus and appliances for the use of such buildings in connection with the objects of the Institute. |
|31.||to construct or otherwise acquire, layout, repair, extend alter, enlarge and improve land, recreation or playgrounds, parks and any other immovable property belonging to or held by the Institute. |
|32.|| to constitute committees or sub-committees as it may deem fit to carry out the objects of the Institute. |
|33.|| to make rules and regulations for the conduct of the affairs of the Institute and add, amend, vary or rescind them from time to time and |
|34.||to do all such lawful acts and things whether incidental to the powers aforesaid or not, as may be necessary or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objectives of the Institute as a centre of research and training.|
|Number of personnel trained |
during the period from 1971 to 31.7.2006
A- FILM WING
|No.||Courses||No. of trainees||Total|
|1.||Advanced Diploma in Direction/ Post Diploma in Direction||49||49|
|3.||Screenplay Writing-cum-Elements of Direction||74||74|
|4.||Screen Play Writing||23||23|
|5.||Motion Picture Photography||316||316|
|6.||Sound Recording & Sound Engineering/ Audiography||253||253|
|9.||Production Management (Film & Television)||06||06|
|10.||Art Direction (Film & Television)||08||08|
B- TELEVISION WING
|No.||Courses||No. of trainees||Total|
Doordarshan staff (Basic/Long term/short term)
A. Basic course
|2.||Films Division Staff||19||19|
|3.||Indian Information Service Probationers from IIMC, New Delhi||164||164|
|4.||Films Students of FTII||554||554|
|5.||One-Year Post-Graduate Certificate Course in – |
|6.||Others/Freshers course/SRFTI/NSD/Open Universities/State Govt/ Other organisations/from other countries (AIBD/Maldives etc.)||636|