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Sushma for creating more entertainment experts

KOLKATA NOV. 10 . The film and entertainment sector, despite registering a four-fold rise in export earnings since 1998, is in dire need of technical manpower, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said here on Sunday.

Addressing the first convocation of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), she urged private bodies and State governments to contribute to the process of creating more entertainment experts.

``Quality manpower has always been our strong point, but we need more entertainment experts with technically upgraded know-how.''

The Minister said the Centre alone could not open training institutes to meet the enormous manpower needs.

State governments and private bodies must also chip in to provide technical education at affordable costs.

``With the importance on Information, Communication and Entertainment (ICE) growing every day, India's exports in the film and entertainment sector have risen from Rs. 200 crores in 1998 to Rs. 900 crores in 2001,'' she said.

Ms. Swaraj said that 77 television channels had chosen to uplink from India and 16 teleports were licensed in the last four years.

"Despite the teething troubles, the SRFTI, functioning under her Ministry, had blossomed into a professional institute and its students had proved their mettle in international film festival circuits.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said his Government had constituted a film inquiry committee to identify the problems `plaguing the State's film industry.

He urged the graduates not to draw unduly from a plethora of techniques available today while making films. — PTI

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