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education Updated: Jul 06, 2011 10:39 IST
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Govt to grant centre of excellence status to FTII
The government will table a bill in Parliament granting centre of excellence status to Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), which will enable it to enjoy the privileges of a university. The status would also facilitate students to pursue higher studies and research both in India and abroad, information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said. The move will also enable the FTII to draw a road map to address the growing needs of media and entertainment industry.

According to a ministry statement, a group of experts has already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed upgradation of the FTII.

IIMC may get status of institute of ‘national importance’
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) may soon join the league of IITs and AIIMS with the government contemplating granting it the status of ‘national importance’. Plans are also afoot to introduce advanced academic programmes in the institute such as MA, MPhil and PhD. According to the strategic plan formulated by the information and broadcasting ministry for the next six years, a legislation would be enacted to “declare IIMC an institute of national importance like the IITs, AIIMS, NIFT, etc., thereby also giving it degree-granting powers.”

The plan also calls for holding tlaks with state governments for opening centres of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in their states. The states would be pursued to make available temporary accommodation for start of the courses from 2015-16. The IIMC currently has a branch at Dhenkanal in Orissa apart from the main campus in New Delhi and it proposes to set up four regional centres in Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram and Maharashtra.

Shiv Nadar University launches School of Natural Sciences
The Shiv Nadar University (SNU) recently announced the establishment of its School of Natural Sciences. This is the second school to be established at SNU, following the School of Engineering. The new school will commence with the department of mathematics. The University also announced the appointment of Sanjeev Agrawal as the head of the department of mathematics. Agrawal joins the Shiv Nadar University from DU’s St Stephen’s College.

Announcing the School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar, founder, HCL and chairman, HCL Technologies and the Shiv Nadar Foundation said, "Interdisciplinary is a key pillar of the global higher education system and is an integral part of the Shiv Nadar University’s vision to build an institute benchmarked to global education standards. The School of Natural Sciences is an important step towards this vision."

Starting this year, the department of mathematics will offer an innovative four-year undergraduate BS degree and a two-year post graduate MS degree. These programmes have been designed on the basis of SNU’s underlying philosophy of interdisciplinary learning. In addition to the degree programmes, the department will also offer certification courses specially designed and customised to develop technical and analytical skills relevant to industry needs.