The Information and Broadcasting Minister, who visited Film and Television Institute of India here on Sunday, also assured the institute that it would not face any shortage of budgetary funds for its modernisation programme as well as effective functioning of academic and administrative structure.

Javadekar said the Government would hold discussions with all stakeholders before finalising the draft of new cinematography act.

"The government to bring statute to make both institutes; FTII, Pune and SRFTI (Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute), Kolkata as Centres of National Excellence," Javadekar wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.

This measure would enable the institutes to draw a road map to address the growing needs of media and entertainment industry.

The erstwhile UPA government also had a plan to bring a bill to accord the Centre of National Excellence status to FTII. The then I&B Minister Ambika Soni had said the government would bring a bill in this regard.

The measure was expected to enable the institute to foster creative ideas and enjoy the academic status and privileges of a university. It was also expected to facilitate students to pursue higher studies and research in both India and abroad.

A group of experts had prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) way back in 2011 for the proposed upgradation of FTII.

The DPR broadly contained recommendations for revitalisation of the courses being offered by the institute. It also envisaged enhancing the infrastructure.

In another tweet, Javadekar said the government would "ensure complete modernisation and upgradation of FTII as planned" and "provide all budgetary support".

The Government would try to make Doordarshan the "first choice" of viewers, by making fresh recruitment and bringing in new ideas, he said.

(Agencies)

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