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First state film institute to start journey from Oct. 31, minister says

By our correspondent

Agartala, September 10, 2022

Tripura’s highly anticipated premier film institute, under the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) in Kolkata, will begin its journey from October 31 at Nazrul Kalakshetra in Agartala, the Minister of Information and Cultural Affairs (ICA), Sushanta Chowdhury.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and SRFTI would be signed for this purpose as soon as the board of trustees of the Kolkata-based institute clears it.

Addressing a press conference here at the Civil Secretariat on Friday afternoon, the Minister said that the academic activities of the institute will start from November 7.

Mainly, the institution will organize four courses. Admissions announcement will be released on September 20, Chowdhury said and added that the deadline for submitting the SRFTI admission application form is October 20.

Application forms will be reviewed October 21-30. The four courses that will be taught primarily at the institute include courses in film appreciation, production management in film and television for four weeks and courses in film for eight weeks, anchoring and reading news for media.

Chowdhury said the convocation ceremony and certificates will be given at the end of the course to the students on February 15, 2023. All these courses will be conducted at very minimal fees. This decision was taken during a meeting held between the representatives of the institute and the state government at the main office of the institute on September 5 in Kolkata.

He also said that the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs and the Satyajit Roy Film and Television Institute will jointly oversee the state film institute. The responsibility for constructing the infrastructure of the Nazrul Kalakshetra institute was given to PWD and for the beautification to Agartala Municipal Corporation, Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation.

The state government has allocated Rs 5.75 crore for the project, and the PWD department is undertaking the necessary works to give Nazrul Kalashetra a facelift.

He said that no such initiative to establish an institute had been taken during the reign of the previous government. He said that based on interest, diploma and degree courses will be started later for all these courses. There are many who are interested in movies from neighboring states like Manipur, Assam, West Bengal. The government has decided to set up the institute in the state with positivity. He hopes there will be plenty of job opportunities based on this field. The culture and tourism of Tripura will be further enhanced with the development of films in the state. ICA Department Secretary Pradip Kumar Chakraborty and Director-in-Charge Santosh Das were present at the press conference.

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