BCU to launch India's first dept of cinema studies

BCU to launch India's first dept of cinema studies

Bengaluru Central University (BCU) is all set to launch Department of Cinema Studies (DCS) from the next academic year.

There are many film making institutes in the country, but there is no DCS in the set up of any university in the country.

If all goes as per the plan, the BCU will be the first varsity in the country to commission DCS. The varsity has constituted a committee to finalise a draft proposal. The committee includes film-makers Girish Kasaravalli, Rajendra Singh Babu and K M Chaitanya,  playwright and poet K Y Narayanaswamy, cinematographer H M Ramachandra, production designer Shashidhar Adapa, actor B M Giriraj and writer and film critic N Manu Chakravarthy.

"We had a meeting recently and we'll finalise the draft in two months. We'll include best elements of film institutes across the country in the draft," Babu told DH.

He said the committee hoped to offer programmes from next academic year.

"We will discuss the draft with various stakeholders. We want Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to announce the launch of DCS during International Film Festival in Benglauru in January-February 2018," Prof S Japhet, Vice Chancellor, BCU, said.

"It's going to be a distinct department, not on the lines of film making institutes in Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata. We'll teach history, literature, language, art, culture and other aspects of cinema. The programmes will have theory and practicals," he said.

The department would be housed at Central College campus. The BCU would set up a studio, besides using other studios in the city.

As regards the nature of programmes and their level, Prof Japhet said: "We may offer a three-year UG, two-year PG or one-year PG diploma or certificate programmes. The committee is looking into these matters."

During early Nineties, the Mysore University started a similar programme. However, the programme could not be completed due to financial mismanagement. The varsity was compelled to wind up the programme.

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