Pune: A record number of 6,125 candidates have registered for the all India Joint Entrance Test (JET) for admissions to full time courses at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata in 2019.
As against the 5,292 candidates in 2018, 833 more aspirants registered in 2019, making the number of applicants the highest so far. This is the second time running that FTII-SRFTI will conduct the entrance test jointly. In film courses, the maximum registrations were for Screen Acting (1981), followed by Direction & Screenplay Writing (1280) and Cinematography (884).
Among Television and Electronic, and Digital Media (EDM) courses, maximum registrations have been made for the TV Direction and Producing and Direction for EDM (388) followed by Cinematography for EDM and Electronic Cinematography (352) and Video Editing and Editing for EDM (199).
Registrations were open from December 30, 2018, and February 7 was the deadline for applying. “The significant jump in number is majorly due to a sustained and focused social media campaign. FTII’s countrywide film education outreach SKIFT which saw more than 125 short courses conducted in over 25 cities over the last 21 months is another significant factor,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune.
He also added that the admission seminars, in January 2019, conducted jointly by FTII and SRFTI representatives with support from alumni also proved to be impactful. “There were seminars in Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Patna, Dehradun, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jammu, Bhopal and Lucknow. They were also held at institutions for women, Banasthali Vidyapeeth near Jaipur and Lady Irwin College, Delhi,” Kainthola said.
The candidates seeking admission to FTII and SRFTI will now go through a multi-stage selection process, the first of which is the written test which will be held on February 24. JET 2019 will be a written test of three-hour duration consisting of objective type and descriptive questions and will be conducted in 26 centres across India.
Based on the JET scores, candidates will be called for the second stage of the selection process and thereafter, on successful accomplishment of all the requisites, finally admit students in their full time regular programmes for the academic year 2019.