Expert Committee on Upgradation of IFFI meets first time

The first meeting of the Expert Committee for up gradation of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in New Delhi today. Sh Kamal Haasan was chosen to convene the next meeting of the experts to be able to give recommendations regarding up gradation of IFFI on lines of other reputed International Festivals and the resultant changes to be made in the Regulations thereto as also its organizational structure. The committee is expected to submit its recommendations latest by 15th March 2010 to be able to make qualitative changes for IFFI 2010.

Welcoming the eminent members of the Committee present for the meeting today, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt Ambika Soni said that the Ministry wishes to be benefitted by the recommendations of the Committee so that the revamped IFFI measures up to the expectations of the film sector stakeholders as well as cinemagoers. The Minister desired that IFFI should be profiled such that it ‘becomes a date on world calendar’.

Contributing to the discussions, the Members suggested that IFFI should acquire a definite identity and character as associated with other known Film Festivals. Whether IFFI should have more of Asia focus or be trade oriented festival or a forum for film discussions or target film audience, would largely define the organizational and structural logistics, it was pointed out. Goa as a permanent venue could be infrastructurally up graded also accordingly. It was also emphasized that Branding of the Festival, with clear sense of ownership, keeping in view the present day trends, is another aspect that needs to be examined.

Among those who attended the meeting today included S/Sh. A.K.Bir, C.S.Sapra, Govind Nihalani, Kamal Haasan, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, Prasoon Joshi, Pritish Nandy along with Ms. Kishwar Desai, Maithili Rao, Pooja Shetty Deora, Shabana Azmi and Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, Sh Sanjay Shrivastava. Ms Shahnaz Hussain joined the meeting as an observer. Senior officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals were also present.

The Committee can also make recommendations regarding the changes to be made in the selection of Indian Panorama films both feature and non-feature categories and resultant changes to be made in the Indian Panorama Regulations. The Committee would also be free to suggest if a Special Purpose Vehicle or an autonomous organizational body, funded largely by the Government, should eventually be hosting IFFI in any radically different manner in the long run.

Expert Committee on Upgradation of IFFI meets first time

The first meeting of the Expert Committee for up gradation of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in New Delhi today. Sh Kamal Haasan was chosen to convene the next meeting of the experts to be able to give recommendations regarding up gradation of IFFI on lines of other reputed International Festivals and the resultant changes to be made in the Regulations thereto as also its organizational structure. The committee is expected to submit its recommendations latest by 15th March 2010 to be able to make qualitative changes for IFFI 2010.

Welcoming the eminent members of the Committee present for the meeting today, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt Ambika Soni said that the Ministry wishes to be benefitted by the recommendations of the Committee so that the revamped IFFI measures up to the expectations of the film sector stakeholders as well as cinemagoers. The Minister desired that IFFI should be profiled such that it ‘becomes a date on world calendar’.

Contributing to the discussions, the Members suggested that IFFI should acquire a definite identity and character as associated with other known Film Festivals. Whether IFFI should have more of Asia focus or be trade oriented festival or a forum for film discussions or target film audience, would largely define the organizational and structural logistics, it was pointed out. Goa as a permanent venue could be infrastructurally up graded also accordingly. It was also emphasized that Branding of the Festival, with clear sense of ownership, keeping in view the present day trends, is another aspect that needs to be examined.

Among those who attended the meeting today included S/Sh. A.K.Bir, C.S.Sapra, Govind Nihalani, Kamal Haasan, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, Prasoon Joshi, Pritish Nandy along with Ms. Kishwar Desai, Maithili Rao, Pooja Shetty Deora, Shabana Azmi and Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, Sh Sanjay Shrivastava. Ms Shahnaz Hussain joined the meeting as an observer. Senior officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals were also present.

The Committee can also make recommendations regarding the changes to be made in the selection of Indian Panorama films both feature and non-feature categories and resultant changes to be made in the Indian Panorama Regulations. The Committee would also be free to suggest if a Special Purpose Vehicle or an autonomous organizational body, funded largely by the Government, should eventually be hosting IFFI in any radically different manner in the long run.

Expert Committee on Upgradation of IFFI meets first time

Shyam Benegal selected Chairman of Expert Committee for NFA

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal

The introductory meeting of the Expert Committee for up gradation of National Film Awards (NFA) was held in New Delhi today. The Committee members unanimously selected Sh. Shyam Benegal the Chairman of this expert Committee. It was also decided that the Committee would submit its recommendations latest by 15th  March  2010 to be able to make qualitative changes for NFA 2009.

Welcoming the eminent ten members of the Committee present for the meeting today, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt Ambika Soni said that the Ministry wishes to be benefitted by the recommendations of the Committee so that the revamped National Film Awards 2009 can be presented for the public at large.  The Minister also desired that a time schedule be laid out so that National Film Awards become an annual fixture in the year’s calendar and every effort be made to ensure that by following proper, democratic, transparent procedure litigation is minimised if not completely avoided so as not to derail the schedule as happened in recent past.

Kick-starting the discussions, the Members acknowledged that National Film Awards carry a dignity and importance not rivalled by any other Awards in the industry purely because National Film Awards  give due recognition to the pan-Indian cinema in the country.  However the Members suggested that keeping in view the technological advancements more categories in the Awards recognising newer professional fields, newer formats such as digital format and newer media should be recognised. The Members were also of the view that a two tier jury – regional and then national level jury should be appointed to do justice to the language nuances/regional significance. The Members also suggested that in keeping with the earlier recommendations of the Satyajit Ray Committee and Karanth Committee reports, a ‘Chalchitra Academy’ should be established. Increase in the cash reward of the Awards and rationalizing the Censor procedures were also discussed.

Among those who attended the meeting today included S/Sh. Shyam Benegal, Ashok Vishwanathan, Jahnu Baruah, Mohan Agashe, Nagesh Kuknoor, Rajiv Mehrotra, Shaji Karun, Vishal Bhardwaj along with Ms. Sai Paranjapye and Smt. Sharmila Tagore. Senior officials of the Ministry of  Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals were also present.

This Committee shall make recommendations regarding up gradation of National Film Awards for Feature, Non-Feature and Best writing on Cinema and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the resultant changes to be made in the Regulations thereto.

Shyam Benegal selected Chairman of Expert Committee for NFA

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal

The introductory meeting of the Expert Committee for up gradation of National Film Awards (NFA) was held in New Delhi today. The Committee members unanimously selected Sh. Shyam Benegal the Chairman of this expert Committee. It was also decided that the Committee would submit its recommendations latest by 15th  March  2010 to be able to make qualitative changes for NFA 2009.

Welcoming the eminent ten members of the Committee present for the meeting today, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt Ambika Soni said that the Ministry wishes to be benefitted by the recommendations of the Committee so that the revamped National Film Awards 2009 can be presented for the public at large.  The Minister also desired that a time schedule be laid out so that National Film Awards become an annual fixture in the year’s calendar and every effort be made to ensure that by following proper, democratic, transparent procedure litigation is minimised if not completely avoided so as not to derail the schedule as happened in recent past.

Kick-starting the discussions, the Members acknowledged that National Film Awards carry a dignity and importance not rivalled by any other Awards in the industry purely because National Film Awards  give due recognition to the pan-Indian cinema in the country.  However the Members suggested that keeping in view the technological advancements more categories in the Awards recognising newer professional fields, newer formats such as digital format and newer media should be recognised. The Members were also of the view that a two tier jury – regional and then national level jury should be appointed to do justice to the language nuances/regional significance. The Members also suggested that in keeping with the earlier recommendations of the Satyajit Ray Committee and Karanth Committee reports, a ‘Chalchitra Academy’ should be established. Increase in the cash reward of the Awards and rationalizing the Censor procedures were also discussed.

Among those who attended the meeting today included S/Sh. Shyam Benegal, Ashok Vishwanathan, Jahnu Baruah, Mohan Agashe, Nagesh Kuknoor, Rajiv Mehrotra, Shaji Karun, Vishal Bhardwaj along with Ms. Sai Paranjapye and Smt. Sharmila Tagore. Senior officials of the Ministry of  Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals were also present.

This Committee shall make recommendations regarding up gradation of National Film Awards for Feature, Non-Feature and Best writing on Cinema and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the resultant changes to be made in the Regulations thereto.

Shyam Benegal selected Chairman of Expert Committee for NFA

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal

The introductory meeting of the Expert Committee for up gradation of National Film Awards (NFA) was held in New Delhi today. The Committee members unanimously selected Sh. Shyam Benegal the Chairman of this expert Committee. It was also decided that the Committee would submit its recommendations latest by 15th  March  2010 to be able to make qualitative changes for NFA 2009.

Welcoming the eminent ten members of the Committee present for the meeting today, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt Ambika Soni said that the Ministry wishes to be benefitted by the recommendations of the Committee so that the revamped National Film Awards 2009 can be presented for the public at large.  The Minister also desired that a time schedule be laid out so that National Film Awards become an annual fixture in the year’s calendar and every effort be made to ensure that by following proper, democratic, transparent procedure litigation is minimised if not completely avoided so as not to derail the schedule as happened in recent past.

Kick-starting the discussions, the Members acknowledged that National Film Awards carry a dignity and importance not rivalled by any other Awards in the industry purely because National Film Awards  give due recognition to the pan-Indian cinema in the country.  However the Members suggested that keeping in view the technological advancements more categories in the Awards recognising newer professional fields, newer formats such as digital format and newer media should be recognised. The Members were also of the view that a two tier jury – regional and then national level jury should be appointed to do justice to the language nuances/regional significance. The Members also suggested that in keeping with the earlier recommendations of the Satyajit Ray Committee and Karanth Committee reports, a ‘Chalchitra Academy’ should be established. Increase in the cash reward of the Awards and rationalizing the Censor procedures were also discussed.

Among those who attended the meeting today included S/Sh. Shyam Benegal, Ashok Vishwanathan, Jahnu Baruah, Mohan Agashe, Nagesh Kuknoor, Rajiv Mehrotra, Shaji Karun, Vishal Bhardwaj along with Ms. Sai Paranjapye and Smt. Sharmila Tagore. Senior officials of the Ministry of  Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals were also present.

This Committee shall make recommendations regarding up gradation of National Film Awards for Feature, Non-Feature and Best writing on Cinema and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the resultant changes to be made in the Regulations thereto.

shyam_benegal

Shyam Benegal

Khurshid launches Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship

Salman Khurshid, Minister of Minority Affairs, here today formally launched two new schemes for the welfare of minority communities: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship for Students from Minority Communities; and the Scheme for Computerization of Records of State Wakf Boards.

The objective of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship for Students from Minority Communities is to provide integrated five year fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students from minority communities, as notified by the Central Government to pursue higher studies such as M. Phil and Ph.D. The scheme will cover all Universities/Institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) and section 3 of the UGC Act and will be implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA) through UGC for students belonging to the minority communities.   The fellowship under National Fellowship will be on the pattern of UGC Fellowships awarded to research students pursuing regular and full time M. Phil and Ph.D courses. The fellowship holders under this scheme will be known as MoMA scholars.The total number of fellowships each year will be 756. In case of non-availability of adequate number of candidates, the number of fellowships not availed during a year will be carried forward to the next academic session. 30% of the fellowship shall be earmarked for women students; remaining 70% will be general. In case there are shortage of women candidates, the fellowship can be passed on to male students of the same minority community. The reservation for differently-abled students shall be made as per the UGC norms. UGC will notify the scheme by inserting suitable advertisement in the Press and other media.

The rate of fellowship for JRF and SRF will be at par with the UGC Fellowship as amended from time to time. Presently these rates are as follows:

Fellowship

@ Rs.12,000/- p.m. for initial two years (JRF)
@ Rs.14,000/- p.m. for remaining tenure (SRF)

Contingency for Arts & Commerce

@ Rs.10, 000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.20, 500/- p.a. for remaining three years.

Contingency for Sciences & Engineering

@ Rs.12, 000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.25, 000/- p.a. for remaining three years.

Departmental assistance

@ Rs.3,000/- p.a. per student to the host institution for providing infrastructure

Escorts/Reader Assistance

@ Rs.2,000/- p.m. in cases of physically and visually challenged candidates

The broad objectives of the Scheme for Computerization of Records of State Wakf Boards are:

·         Ensuring proper survey and cross checking of Wakf data from various computer data bases maintained at the state level, such as by Revenue Departments etc.

·         Improving office efficiency and preparation of timely reports on various administrative matters.

·         Creation of a centralized and web-enabled data base for use by various stake holders.

·         Properties Registration Management of Wakf Boards.

·         Muttawalli Returns Management system.

·         Leasing of Properties Management system.

·         Litigations Tracking Management system.

·         Documents Archiving & Retrieval Management system.

The scheme of computerization is uniformly to be applicable across all the 29 State Waqf Boards and any other Wakf Board like J&K, making a special request for funding subject to availability of funds. The Scheme is to be implemented during the Plan period 2009-10 to 2011-12 at a total cost of Rs. 22.84 crore. The computerization would introduce implementation of a web based centralized application module for Wakf Management. The scheme will be implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC) on turnkey basis. Funds will be released to NIC or their nominee and to the State Wakf Boards directly for effective implementation. Utilisation Certificates will be routed through State Governments by the Wakf Boards concerned after due expenditure.

The need for such a scheme has arisen because although Wakf properties are spread out all over the country but even the basic survey of waqf properties has not been done in most States.   There is hardly any development of waqf properties and a very substantial income that the waqf properties could have generated for the welfare schemes of the community are lost because of non-development and large scale encroachment of waqf properties.Therefore, to streamline record keeping, introduce transparency, and to computerize the various functions/processes of the Wakf Boards and to develop a single web based centralized application, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf, in its Ninth Report, recommended computerization of the records of the State Waqf Boards and Central financial assistance to the these Boards.

Khurshid launches Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship

Salman Khurshid, Minister of Minority Affairs, here today formally launched two new schemes for the welfare of minority communities: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship for Students from Minority Communities; and the Scheme for Computerization of Records of State Wakf Boards.

The objective of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship for Students from Minority Communities is to provide integrated five year fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students from minority communities, as notified by the Central Government to pursue higher studies such as M. Phil and Ph.D. The scheme will cover all Universities/Institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) and section 3 of the UGC Act and will be implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA) through UGC for students belonging to the minority communities.   The fellowship under National Fellowship will be on the pattern of UGC Fellowships awarded to research students pursuing regular and full time M. Phil and Ph.D courses. The fellowship holders under this scheme will be known as MoMA scholars.The total number of fellowships each year will be 756. In case of non-availability of adequate number of candidates, the number of fellowships not availed during a year will be carried forward to the next academic session. 30% of the fellowship shall be earmarked for women students; remaining 70% will be general. In case there are shortage of women candidates, the fellowship can be passed on to male students of the same minority community. The reservation for differently-abled students shall be made as per the UGC norms. UGC will notify the scheme by inserting suitable advertisement in the Press and other media.

The rate of fellowship for JRF and SRF will be at par with the UGC Fellowship as amended from time to time. Presently these rates are as follows:

Fellowship

@ Rs.12,000/- p.m. for initial two years (JRF)
@ Rs.14,000/- p.m. for remaining tenure (SRF)

Contingency for Arts & Commerce

@ Rs.10, 000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.20, 500/- p.a. for remaining three years.

Contingency for Sciences & Engineering

@ Rs.12, 000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.25, 000/- p.a. for remaining three years.

Departmental assistance

@ Rs.3,000/- p.a. per student to the host institution for providing infrastructure

Escorts/Reader Assistance

@ Rs.2,000/- p.m. in cases of physically and visually challenged candidates

The broad objectives of the Scheme for Computerization of Records of State Wakf Boards are:

·         Ensuring proper survey and cross checking of Wakf data from various computer data bases maintained at the state level, such as by Revenue Departments etc.

·         Improving office efficiency and preparation of timely reports on various administrative matters.

·         Creation of a centralized and web-enabled data base for use by various stake holders.

·         Properties Registration Management of Wakf Boards.

·         Muttawalli Returns Management system.

·         Leasing of Properties Management system.

·         Litigations Tracking Management system.

·         Documents Archiving & Retrieval Management system.

The scheme of computerization is uniformly to be applicable across all the 29 State Waqf Boards and any other Wakf Board like J&K, making a special request for funding subject to availability of funds. The Scheme is to be implemented during the Plan period 2009-10 to 2011-12 at a total cost of Rs. 22.84 crore. The computerization would introduce implementation of a web based centralized application module for Wakf Management. The scheme will be implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC) on turnkey basis. Funds will be released to NIC or their nominee and to the State Wakf Boards directly for effective implementation. Utilisation Certificates will be routed through State Governments by the Wakf Boards concerned after due expenditure.

The need for such a scheme has arisen because although Wakf properties are spread out all over the country but even the basic survey of waqf properties has not been done in most States.   There is hardly any development of waqf properties and a very substantial income that the waqf properties could have generated for the welfare schemes of the community are lost because of non-development and large scale encroachment of waqf properties.Therefore, to streamline record keeping, introduce transparency, and to computerize the various functions/processes of the Wakf Boards and to develop a single web based centralized application, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf, in its Ninth Report, recommended computerization of the records of the State Waqf Boards and Central financial assistance to the these Boards.

Khurshid launches Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship

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