Pune: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start a course in Indian film studies (IFS).
The year long course, a postgraduate diploma in Indian Film Studies, is for students who want to do quality research and develop expertise in the area of Indian film studies. The course will have a special component on film preservation.
July 4 is the last date to apply for the course (July 6 with late fees), and the entrance examination is scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 8.
The MoU was signed by Dr Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor SPPU and Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI. Also present were Santosh Ajmera, OSD NFAI, Keerti Tiwari, Deputy Director, NFAI and Dr Madhavi Reddy, HOD, Department of Media and Communication Studies, SPPU.
As per the MoU, NFAI and SPPU would cooperate in research and in the exchange of researchers apart from supporting joint research projects.
The course would have a capacity of 25 students and the eligibility criteria for the same is graduate in any stream. The entrance examination of 100 marks will test the candidates for general knowledge, current affairs and knowledge on Indian cinema.
Prakash Magdum said, “This is a welcome development wherein NFAI would be making available its infrastructure to the course students. I had initiated the idea for such a course two years back and I am happy that it is being started from this academic year.”
Karmalkar said, “This kind, of course, is very innovative, it will definitely bring more film scholars in future. Pune University strongly believes that it is the need of the time and we will support with all the required infrastructure and try to provide top quality film education to the students.”
The details of the course and admissions are available on the website of SPPU (www.unipune.ac.in/).