Dehradun: In spite of some of the best-known personalities in Bollywood being from Uttarakhand, the state has one of the lowest number applicants for film schools, said the director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Bhupendra Kainthola, at a seminar here.
To encourage more candidates from the state to undergo film courses, FTII, along with Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, conducted a joint seminar in Haldwani on Wednesday.
For the first time, the two institutes will conduct a Joint Entrance Test (JET) in 2018 and one of the centers will be in Dehradun. Officials said they had decided to organize the seminar for prospective students of the Himalayan state since, as he said, “The number of applicants from Uttarakhand for our courses is quite low in spite of there being no dearth of talent here. The FTII this year is making special efforts to increase enrolments for its entrance test in regions like Uttarakhand, where, usually, the least number of students apply for film courses. Last year, we had only 38 candidates from here, one of the lowest turnouts in the country.”
He added, “In the Hindi film industry, some of the best-known personalities are from Uttarakhand, including Prasoon Joshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Deepak Dobriyal, Brajendra Kala, Sudhir Pandey and Sanjay Khanduri. People perhaps need to be made more aware of the options available at the institute,” said Kainthola.
Apart from Uttarakhand, similar seminars are also being held in Assam, Rajasthan and other states. Kainthola added, “We got a great response in Haldwani, where more than 90 aspirants turned up for the seminar. Also, we are trying to get more women to apply to the institute as in the last few years, the number of women applicants reduced significantly.”
Apart from Haldwani, a seminar will also be held in Dehradun on Thursday. The all-India test (JET) will be on held on February 18 across 26 centers in the country.
News Credit: Times of India