Monday, May 30, 2016

FTII does not want to change

FTII does not want to) change - which 56 year old would ? - ask me...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Giving Gyan to FTII

The new FTII Director Shri Bhupendra Kainthola and the Academic Council Chairperson Shri Brijendra Pal Singh visited us at NID. It was a pleasure introducing them to the unique features of the NID (Film & Video) Academic structure, including the partially elective-based Credit system of course assessments. FTII (my alma mater) is a great place, with a unique body of students. But it needs to time-discipline itself and acquire simple practices like a Semester-wise (and not weekly) Timetable, a Semester and Diploma end Jury system (instead of exams), Individual Faculty Guides/Supervisors for each individual project, etc. Plus it needs to strengthen the hands of its Internal/Permanent Faculty. 

I am no believer in the primacy of Visiting/Guest Faculty. Its the people who have a long-term and continuing stake in any system who should call the shots. Often they are the only ones left to receive them as well.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Summer in Ahmedabad

The summer has arrived in Ahmedabad in full force - time to migrate to places where the Sun is fun and the days are done.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Bad times to travel

Bad times to travel - with hoards of excited children and their adoring parents unlashed on the unsuspecting.