The iconic campus of the CMS College in Kottayam that had become location for countless Malayalam movies will now offer courses in film production. The college, which found a spot in this year’s list of 100 best colleges in the country, will run the course in the brand new educational theatre that would be inaugurated soon. The course is jointly handled by the Jayaraj Institute of Film and Communication (JFC) owned by award winning film maker Jayaraj and CMS College.
The educational theatre that boasts of most modern visual and acoustic technology has been included in the 100 day action plan of the state government. The course would be transferred to the CMS campus as soon as the theatre is inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. There are 86 seats up for grabs in this course. However, up to 40 students would be admitted in the first batch.
Besides an ultra HD projector, there would be a 2000 watts RMS sound system in the theatre. Facilities for conducting online classes too have been arranged. Live video streaming, constructive debates between students and teachers and video conferencing too would be part of the curriculum. The theatre would also be used for courses or papers in cinema, documentary and drama.
Minister VN Vasavan would inaugurate the Jayaraj Institute of Film and Communication (JFC) and the course at 3 pm on 15 October. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan MLA would preside over the meeting. CSI Madya Kerala Diocese Bishop Dr. Malayil Sabu too would attend the event. Meanwhile, the logo would be unveiled by Shankar Mohan, director of KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts.
“The institute aims to provide education of international quality. The coming generations should perceive cinema more seriously. Cinema experts and technicians from around the world would train the students. CMS College excels in many fields and areas of study. The college has even won international honors for its commitment to environmental conservation. There is no better campus than CMS to study about cinema,” said filmmaker Jayaraj.
“All the facilities of a modern theatre have been arranged in this one too. The construction of the theatre is being completed by spending about Rs 30 lakh. High speed internet connectivity too is available here. The theatre is built by renovating the language lab of the English department,” says Dr Varghese C Joshua, Principal, CMS College.