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Government plans to bring FTII at par with IITs and IIMs
Refuting the speculations of privatization, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has fast-tracked the move to give the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the status of institute of national importance along the lines of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

In a meeting on 25th June convened by cabinet secretary P K Sinha, the I&B and the HRD ministries were asked to include the film institute in the Common Universities Act. This will bring international recognition to the institute and will also allow it to grant degrees.

After this move by the Government the FTII will get around Rs 40 crore of plan and non-plan expenditure budget for this financial year. A massive infrastructure revival program is in full gear.

A senior official said that Geeta Krishnan Committee had clearly recommended that both Satayjit Ray Film and Television Institute of India (SRFTI) and FTII be handed over to the film industry. He also added, "The FTII has been receiving tremendous government support as there is a commitment to create it as a national center for excellence," as reported by DNA.

FTII is an autonomous institute under the I&B ministry aided by the Central Government. It has become the premier film and television institute as its alumni have become successful actors/actresses and directors in the film industry.

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