I&B Ministry to extend support to state governments in preserving cinematic heritage
(National Film Archives of India asked to reach out to universities with short and long term courses in film studies as well as extend its research fellowships. I&B Secretary Ajay Mittal headed High Level Committee reviews the progress of the National Film Heritage Mission in Pune.)
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is exploring possibilities of extending financial and technical support to State Governments in their efforts to safeguard the country’s film heritage. “The objective of preserving the country’s cinematic heritage has to be achieved in collaboration with state governments” said Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting, speaking on the sidelines of a High Level Committee meeting on National Film Heritage Mission, held in National Film Archives of India in Pune today.
Mr. Mittal said the High Level Committee has taken some major decisions to expand the horizons of the National Film Heritage Mission. “The mission would ensure not only the preservation of filmic heritage but also its dissemination and access to the last mile. This would create awareness amongst youth and children about our rich cultural heritage” he observed.
Appreciating the efforts of officers at NFAI in implementing the Mission, Mr Mittal said, all necessary steps are being undertaken to involve International organizations and institutions to ensure project’s implementation as per global standards. He further added that NFAI’s facilities would be augmented by creating new state of the art vaults in its premises. Laying thrust on the need for enhancing research on Indian cinema, Mr. Mittal said, Government is exploring the possibility of extending NFAI’s research fellowship to the University level through formal institutional mechanisms.
“NFAI would reach out to major Universities for short and long term courses in the area of film studies incorporating subject of film archiving and preservation. This would ensure building of skilled manpower in the niche area of film preservation” Mr. Mittal added.
The High Level Committee meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry which included Shri Subhash Sharma, AS&FA, Shri Sanjay Murthy, JS, Shri Mukesh Sharma, DG Films Division, Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI, Shri Santosh Ajmera, Officer on special duty, NFHM along with film-makers Shri Jahnu Barua & Shri Rajeev Mehrotra. The meeting was chaired by Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
About the National Film Heritage Mission
National Film Heritage Mission is the prestigious project of Government of India for digitization, restoration, preservation and conservation of Country’s rich filmic heritage. The mission has budgetary outlay of Rs. 597.41Cr and is to be implemented till 2021. National Film Archive of India is the implementing agency for the mission. The High Level Committee chaired by Secretary I&B has been mandated to oversee project’s implementation as per envisaged objectives of the Mission.
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Source : NFAI Pune