PUNE: In view of the forthcoming first-ever Joint Entrance Test (JET) for admissions to Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata, FTII has is conducting admission seminars in towns and cities across the country.
Awareness about the course in smaller towns of the country and reaching out to more women candidates is the objective of these seminars, said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII.
The seminars are being held to generate greater awareness about JET, about the increased number of courses on offer and to provide an opportunity to prospective candidates to seek clarifications directly from FTII representatives.
From January 10 onward, seminars have been held at 15 destinations across 12 states - Haldwani and Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Banasthali Vidyapeeth and Jaipur (Rajasthan), Delhi, Somaiya Vidyavihar and Mumbai (Maharashtra), Guwahati (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Patna (Bihar), Jammu (J&K), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).
By Sunday, seminars will be held in more cities like Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Srinagar and Chandigarh. The seminars also plan to tap students from institutions offering courses in fine and commercial art and architecture for FTII's PG course in Art Direction and Production Design.
FTII alumni along with the institute's own faculty are conducting the seminars, which typically begin with a brief introduction of FTII and SRFTI, then a detailed presentation on JET followed by a Q and A session.
Speaking about the initiative, Kainthola said, "Awareness about formal film education and the opportunities it offers is generally low in the country. Information about academic programmes offered in FTII and SRFTI is lower still, as is information about the admission procedure. This unprecedented outreach initiative through cross country seminars - the first of its kind by FTII - aims to generate a wave of interest, particularly in aspirants in small towns, and in regions where entrance test enrolment is traditionally low."
He further added that another priority of the initiative is to reach out to women, to encourage them to apply since the gender ratio in the campus currently is embarrassingly low.
This is the first time that FTII and SRFTI have come together for a common entrance test, to be held on February 18. JET will be held in 26 centres across the country which includes two first-time centres i.e. Srinagar and Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands). Online registration for JET closes on January 25.