Correspondent

  • Board to finalise syllabus for five-year course
  • Rules for opening Sunday art schools simplified

    BHUBANESWAR: Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi, an autonomous body under the State Culture Department, has drawn up an ambitious action plan for promotion of art education in the State and to generate self-employment opportunities through Sunday art schools.

    Akademi secretary Chandramani Biswal said the State Government had accorded recognition to the Sunday art schools which were affiliated to the Akademi. At present there were 65 such schools in the State being run by different registered cultural institutions with a strength of nearly 2500 students, he said.

    Government recognition would encourage students in large numbers to go for the Sunday schools and this would generate self-employment for the qualified art teachers, Biswal said. The scheme would also promote elementary art education at the grass-root level as schools in the State were yet to have qualified art teachers, he said.

    Courses

    In consultation with the culture department, the Akademi would soon set up a board to finalise the syllabus for the five-year integrated course for the Sunday schools. It will have the preparatory course of one year that will be followed by a two-year junior certificate course and the senior certificate course of two years duration, Biswal said.

    Distance education

    Adopting the distance education mode, the Akademi would further introduce bachelors and masters programmes that would help those to pursue higher education in art who have little access to institutional learning like housewives, the secretary said.

    The Akademi has simplified its rules to encourage opening up of more Sunday art schools in the state. Any registered organisation can get affiliated to the Akademi to run such a school on payment of Rs.500 as registration fee, he added.