The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (IIT-B) is looking to diversify the range of courses it offers. It now plans to offer academic programmes in subjects such as finance, film-making, medicine, commerce, and fine arts.
As per the institute's strategic plan ‘2017-2022’ which was recently released, IIT-B plans to introduce a filmmaking course, which has huge demand. The strategic plan lays out the mission, and agendas the institute wishes to achieve over the next five years.
With this plan, IIT-B has set 10 goals for itself, which include improving its engagement with the industry and society, increasing the fund base, and attracting students and faculty from across the globe. As per the Hindustan Times, IIT-B aims to expand its undergraduate programmes in new as well as existing disciplines. The document released states,
Both these forms of expansion will make the student body more diverse in its interests and educational offerings.
Apart from the courses IIT-B already offers, a master’s course in filmmaking and a fine arts course are expected to be added soon. While other courses are still at the development stage, the institute plans to start with an undergraduate course in economics this year.
According to the DNA India, Director of IIT-B, Devang Khakhar, said,
We intend to start a course on filmmaking and fine arts, understanding the industry needs and the proximity to the film industry. The process of starting a course is long and involves several stages of paperwork and approvals. The plan has, however, outlined our intention to work towards these areas.
The goals of the institute involve the addition of 2,000 hostel seats for students, and 400 hostel seats for married researchers. IIT-B also plans to build two new hostels in its campus over the next five years.