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SRINAGAR: Hailing the joint initiative launched by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR), J&K to conduct skill development courses in Television Production and Filmmaking for the State’s youth, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday assured full support of the State Government for carrying forward this novel initiative.
“The State Government will provide whatever support is needed to carry forward this innovative and creative initiative,” Ms Mehbooba told the Director, FTII Pune, Bhupendra Kainthola who called on the Chief Minister here this morning.
He was accompanied by Director Information & Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam.
Thanking Kainthola for sending his faculty all the way from Pune every time as also for his personal attention to the initiative to impart training to JK youth, the Chief Minister evinced keen interest in having a Regional Centre of FTII in J&K given the huge interest of local youth in Filmmaking and Television Production. She said the State Government will take up the matter regarding setting up of FTII Regional Centre in J&K with the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting.
The Chief Minister said such training programmes would not only help the State groom professionals in the field of TV Production and Filmmaking, but also open up vast career opportunities for the local youth in the related field.
Kainthola briefed the Chief Minister about the initiatives taken by FTII Pune in collaboration with Department of Information & Public Relations, J&K to organize a series of specialized training courses for media professionals in J&K to harness their creative talent.
Kainthola informed the Chief Minister that he and his faculty are highly impressed with the enthusiasm and appetite for artistic skills among J&K’s talented youth.
The Director FTII also presented selected pictures taken by students who attended the just-concluded Foundation Course on Still Photography at Media Complex Srinagar.
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