FTII gets approval for five courses from AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted approval to five courses of FTII under its newly-created Applied Arts and Crafts category, as per official release. “A list of institutions and approved courses published by AICTE on Saturday under its newly-constituted category pertaining to institutes offering courses in applied arts, crafts and design includes FTII and all its five one-year Post Graduate Certificate courses,” the release said. Of the five FTII courses which have received AICTE approval, four are in television wing (Direction, Electronic Cinematography, Video Editing and Sound Recording & TV Engineering) and one is in films wing (Feature Film Screenplay Writing), the statement added.

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up by the Government of India in 1960, in the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Studios in Pune. The FTII Campus currently stands on the grounds of the erstwhile Prabhat Studio. Prabhat Studio was a pioneer in the business of filmmaking and shifted to Pune from Kolhapur in 1933. The archaic studios of the time, which were the production grounds for the films of Prabhat are still present and are being used at FTII. The old Studios of Prabhat are now heritage structures and FTII students continue to work at the world’s oldest functioning film shooting studios. In 1971, FTII came to be known as the ‘Film and Television Institute of India’ (FTII) and soon started in-service training programs for Doordarshan, India’s public broadcaster. The Television Training wing, which was earlier functioning in New Delhi, shifted to Pune in 1974. Thereafter, the institute became fully aided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Along with the name change, FTII became an Autonomous Society under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, run by a Governing Council and its appointed Director.

Today, FTII is recognised as a centre for excellence in audio visual media across the world and one of the best film institutes in India. Our alumni work everywhere: from Los Angeles, Paris, and London to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Chennai, and Kolkata. They have gained popularity and have earned various laurels as accomplished technicians and superstars. The alumni have also won popular film and television awards from the ‘National Film Awards’ to ‘Oscars’, to the ‘Dada Saheb Phalke award’ to the prestigious ‘Padma Awards’. From its original five courses, FTII has grown to offer eleven full-time courses in various disciplines of film and television as well as a host of short term courses. These courses are held on-campus in Pune as well as off-campus at across centres all over India.

The present-day FTII campus was initially a land bought by the Prabhat Film Company way back in the year 1933. The company was founded in Kolhapur in 1929 and moved to Pune four years later. A stellar and pioneering film company of its time, it produced several important and iconic films such as Shejari, Sant Dyaneshwar and Sairandhri, which was the only colour film made by Prabhat. Such was the legacy of this iconic studio, that at the time, it was the biggest film studio in Asia. The productions made by the Prabhat Film Company in its heyday included 45 films made in both Marathi and Hindi languages.

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