The State Institute of Film and Television, Rohtak was started in 2011.
The government of Haryana under Haryana Technical Education Department as one of the four institutes of Government Technical Institutes Society with an affiliation from Maharishi Dayanand University(MDU), started this insititute to provide 3 year Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema to the students.
With the first batch of 35 students taking admission in 60 seats in five specializations, the institute took a slow but energetic start towards achieving its goal to introduce importance of Cinema as an educational art form in the state.
It definitely was a golden opportunity for the growing culture of regional cinema of Haryana to get a platform, where the aesthetics of Cinema could be taught to the students.
In 2014, GTIS, Rohtak was transformed into State University of Performing and Visual Arts with SIFT as one institute of it.
But, with that the problems also started to appear like the first batch which had completed their five semesters by then, had to wait for complete 2 more years to complete their 6th and last semester due to several administrative lapses. The academic infrastructure work process stopped completely all of a sudden and many studios and labs were left unequipped.
The problems have continued since 2 years without any improvements in the workflow and all the coming batches are facing the same issues. The behavior of the institute administration towards the student’s voicing their problems regularly is utterly ignorant.
State University of Visual and Performing Arts is one of its only kind in Asia to provide with the integrated campus education in the fields of Design, Fine arts, Architecture and Urban Planning and Film and Television.
The University is facing its worst phase since its inception in 2011 with the vision of providing the world class education to its students.
Some of them which need to be sorted urgently; i.e. The first batch of the institute entered in July 2011 for a 3 year bachelor course and the course was completed in 5 years in July 2016 with a delay of two years. Yet, no Bachelor Degree has been provided to them and the students who applied for Master Degree course had to suffer another year loss.
Same is happening with the batch 2012-13 students, who had to complete the course in May 2015 are asking regularly for their final year project’s schedule for past one year, but are being ignored saying that there have been a cut in the overall budget of the University causing the delay in their academics.
This is also the case with 2013-14 batch, who are already late by a few months and still are to complete two more semesters which will take another year.
Hence, all students of the first three batches have suffered a loss of two years and will suffer more if no urgent intervention is initiated to solve the problem. The most important infrastructural requirements for the academic curriculum i.e. The film preview theatre, Camera studio, Television studio, Sound recording and mixing studio, Editing cabins are not yet fully set up and the work flow has stopped completely since past two years.
The students are not getting proper training due to such infrastructural lacks. There are only 6 faculty members in the institute with strength of 190 students! Some departments like Product Design has only one faculty member teaching all four batches at the same time. There is no Head of Department since the last two years.
In the beginning years the institute had prominent faculty members graduated from the most eminent design institutes of the country like National Institute of Design, National institutes of Fashion Technology etc. But, after 2014 there has been a regular flow of resignations of the best faculties from the institute and in those vacancies there have not been even a single recruitment for the last two years.
Hence, the regular decreasing ratio of number of faculties to number of students has become a reason of big threat to the kind of education the institute aims to provide to the students. Such problems have been brought to the notice of the Vice Chancellor regularly but no positive step has been taken since such a long time.
Weaving, dyeing, pattern making and stitching labs are empty with no infrastructure for the last five years and the other machinery needed for the training has never been provided despite being promised in the curriculum. Many of the academic modules have been left incomplete due to such infrastructural lacks and students have suffered. A dedicated placement cell promised to students at the time of admissions does not exist in the institute as yet.
Subsequently students suffered a loss of an entire academic year resulting in their rejection to other premier art schools for pursuing masters. The admission ratio of the students has gone down considerably with as low as 20 students in a 60 student intake course in 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic sessions.
State Institute of Urban Planning and Architecture: In 2015, the Council of Architecture after its inspection of the institute made the recommendation to decrease the number of intake of students from 40 to 30 with every session, due to lack of faculties and infrastructure of the institute. No scheduled educational tours have been conducted on time since the last two years, even after students paying fees for them regularly.
Thus, due to all the mismanagement from the administration which is causing damage to the academic performance of the students since the last two years, urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the issues. The Vice Chancellor has failed every time, whenever asked, in providing any kind of solution to all these problems.
So now the students of State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak ask for his immediate resignation and a more capable person be appointed urgently to take charge and resolve the issues to create a smooth workflow in the University in achieving its vision.
For all the above problems being faced regularly by the students of all the four institutes since the last two years, the students have voiced them out time and again at various platforms but have never been heard. Hence, the students of State institute of Film and Television and State Institute of Design have boycotted the college activities completely, joined by State Institute of Fine Arts on 01-08-2016, in protest demanding the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor. It has been 10 days (as on 01-08-2016), since their protest with the complete boycott of the college is on, but no decision has been made by the higher authorities yet and hence the protest continues till the time a positive action has been taken to address their grievances.
Isn’t it sad that due to reckless administrative activities, students have to suffer and even after paying their fees on time, their future stands at stake! What are your views?
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