Three Premiere institutes in respective fields - Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) are soon to receive award and status of institute of national importance and the power to award degrees. This decision of Centre may bring a boost to international tie-ups as well as grants.
According to the sources, the union cabinet has authorized the decision for SRFTI and FTII, cleared by the law ministry, however, one for IIMC is still in the final stages. Finance minister, Arun Jaitley declared the proposals in the Union budget, on July 10.
As per them, these three institutes are popular and reputed institutions for the media education and film study sector but they could only grant diplomas. A source told that this decision would help the institutes to elevate their international collaborations, authorize them to award degrees, perk up infrastructure and receive funding for research.
The proposals to give greater autonomy to various top institutes is still unresolved by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry and is soon to bring it before the Union Cabinet. This sanction may position these institutes in the league of IITs and AIIMS.
Plans are also in the works to initiate advanced academic programmes such as MA, MPhil and PhD to be introduced by the institute IIMC, Delhi. IIMC is headquartered in Delhi and has five regional centres in Aizawl (Mizoram), Amravati (Maharashtra), Dhenkanal (Odisha), Jammu & Kashmir and Kottyam (Kerala).
Film education in India is to get a major thrust as well importance, after getting tag of ‘institute of National Importance’. Once this decision is approved, the three proposals will further go for parliamentary sanction.