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DoNER nod to film hub

Feb. 26: The DoNER ministry has approved Dispur’s multicrore-rupee project to develop the Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute modelled on the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

An Assam government official said DoNER has approved the Rs 13.46-crore project to separate the film institute from the Jyoti Chitraban (Film Studio) Society at Kahilipara and set up the institution independently at Changsari. DoNER has released an amount of Rs 4.24 crore for the execution of the first phase of the project.

“Work for the first phase of the project has started. It should be completed by December 2009. DoNER has given strict instructions to the state government to ensure quality execution of the project and complete the task within the stipulated deadline. Funds for the second phase would be released immediately after completion of the first phase,” the official said.

The Assam government has acquired a 30-bigha plot at Sila village in Changsari under North Guwahati revenue circle.

According to the official, Dispur has selected a site overlooking a stretch of the Brahmaputra.

It hopes to attract students across India and abroad and produce the best talents in filmmaking.

The proposed building of the institute will have state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure on a par with the Film and Television Institute of India.

The Jyoti Chitraban (Film Studio) Society had set up the Jyoti Chitraban Institute on its Kahilipara campus in 1999. But the institute has been struggling through hard times because of lack of support, infrastructure and other facilities.

A standing committee on cultural affairs constituted by the Assam Legislative Assembly in 2006 strongly recommended that the Jyoti Chitraban Institute should follow the Film and Television Institute of India model.

“Once the project is completed, the Jyoti Chitraban Institute would enhance the total number of seats by 40 per cent. Various new departments, including the department of direction, will be created on the institute’s new campus at Changsari.”

“Courses, including short-term, on animation, costume designing, digital recording, still photography, broadcasting engineering for FM radio will be introduced,” the official said.

He added the department of cultural affairs would take over the Jyoti Chitraban Institute.

Students and faculty members of the institute are thrilled over DoNER’s approval of the project.

“Since its since inception, the institute has been neglected by the authorities. Despite the odds, it has produced talents who were associated with the making of blockbusters like Black, Khaki, Lagaan and Rang De Basanti. After nine years the institute has seen a ray of hope,” a faculty member said.

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