Pune: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, has received approval from National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to conduct skill oriented short courses under the Special Project category of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
The approval grants FTII the status of Training Provider in the ‘Media and Entertainment’ Sector Skill Council (SSC) and to conduct film and television related skill development courses, to begin with, in Pune, Guwahati, Jaipur and Visakhapatnam.
The qualification packs (QPs) approved under PMKVY are - editor, make up artist, character designer, story board artist, set carpenter, painter, camera operator, sound assistant, assistant cameraman, script writer, unit production manager.
The courses in editor, make up artist and character designer can be rolled out immediately and others will follow.
After the FTII Governing and Academic Councils approved the short courses initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) in November 2016, the institute moved a proposal to NSDC, seeking funding for the courses, to make them affordable.
“This is a major boost to FTII’s plans to take short courses to smaller towns and cities. The funding under PMKVY will further help lower course fees. The NSDC approval, that too under Special Project category, is a quantum jump in the direction of FTII’s efforts to democratise film education, and it’s a milestone equal in importance with the recent Master’s degree equivalence granted to six FTII PG courses,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of young people to take up industry-relevant skill training, that will help them in securing a better livelihood.