University extends last date for admission
The proposed film institute course of Madurai Kamaraj University has failed to generate interest among students.
In the online admission test conducted at 11 centres across the country on July 29, there were hardly 20 students who appeared, thereby forcing the varsity authorities to extend the last date for admission.
They are also trying to have spot admissions for interested candidates. Attempting to launch an innovative programme, the university had geared up to introduce five-year regular course called ‘Masters in Film and Electronic Media Studies’ for which it is planning to admit 120 students in two batches.
“The online test for our film institute course is over and we are not happy with the response . Maybe the concept of online test for admissions did not go down well with students.
Film institute is a big venture for us and all efforts will be made for its success,” Kalyani Mathivanan, Vice-Chancellor, told The Hindu on Wednesday when contacted.
Already, a couple of days ago, an advisory board comprising prominent personalities from the film industry had been constituted and the varsity officials are now in the process of circulating the syllabus to members of Academic Council for their approval.
Expecting to get gradual response from candidates interested in entering film industry, contents of the five-year integrated course being launched this academic year have also been put on the varsity’s website. In view of the unsatisfactory response, the authorities have postponed the launch date to September hoping to get candidates by then. It was earlier planned to have a launch around August 15.
“My appeal to interested students is to download the form through website and apply. The university is involving its distance education wing also for roping in students through spot admission centres,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
For the Masters in Film and Electronic Media Studies, which is a five-year course, the eligibility for admission is a pass in higher secondary examination or intermediate or its equivalent. The age limit for students is not above 21 years as on July 1.
The university will admit students at its spot admission centres in Madurai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. The university is hoping to start the course with at least one section of 60 students who will study various specialisations in film industry.
According to varsity officials, the students can opt for any specialisation such as direction, cinematography, editing, script writing, acting, graphics and animation with adequate practical inputs.