Govt to set up specialised animation training centre

The national centre of excellence on animation, gaming and visual effects, the first batch of which is expected to start in 2013-14, will be set up as a society, sources in the information and broadcasting ministry told Deccan Herald.

It will offer four-year graduate degree in animation with specialisations in animation, visual effects and game design, two years post graduate degree. It will also offer M Phil, PhD courses apart from short-term courses for industry professionals and summer programme for school children. The selection of candidates will be done through an entrance test and personal interview. A three-tier faculty system is proposed to be brought in place for teaching and training, which would include the core faculty, practitioners from the industry and senior professionals.

They would be invited from time to time to share their experiences and enlighten the students about the industry. In addition, visiting faculty would also be invited from the industry and international schools.

Based on factors such as proximity to industry, international connectivity, construction and operation cost, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chandigarh and Mohali have been recommended as “most attractive” location for setting up of the institute. The Punjab government has offered 12 acres of land in Mohali district but a final decision is yet to be taken.

 “The attractiveness of these locations will have to be evaluated in conjunction with the availability of suitable land free of cost,” sources said.

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