Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the government plans to accord the Centre of National Excellence status to the country’s two premier film institutes — FTII, Pune and SRFTI, Kolkata, and will bring a law in this regard in Parliament soon.

Interacting with students and faculty members of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, he said the government would hold discussions with all stakeholders before finalising the draft of new Cinematograph Act.

“The government to bring statute to make both institutes; FTII, Pune and SRFTI (Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute), Kolkata as Centres of National Excellence,” Mr. Javadekar said on Twitter. This measure would enable the institutes to draw a road map to address the growing needs of media and entertainment industry.

The measure was expected to enable the institute to foster creative ideas and enjoy the academic status and privileges of a university. It was also expected to facilitate students to pursue higher studies and research in both India and abroad.

Janata darbar

Pitching for wider participation of people to increase green cover in cities, Mr. Javadekar on Sunday held here his first “janata darbar” where he listened to suggestions on the issue.

The Minister met morning walkers who raised grievances and made suggestions on the issue of increasing green cover, the Ministry officials said. He also launched a mobile application “SarpMitra” which will help sensitising people about snakes and also provide help in case of snake rescues.

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