KOCHI, Kerala (C.M. Paul) – A Don Bosco communications institute in Kochi, Kerala is launching a new college of multimedia engineering at Vennala on the birth day of Don Bosco, 16 August. While the auxiliary bishop of Ernakulam Mar Sebastian Adiyantharath will bless the institution, provincial superior of Bangalore province Fr Thomas Anchukandom will inaugurate the first academic year. Mr. T.K. Rajeev Kumar award winning director of Malayalam and Hindi films will deliver the key note address and inaugurate the Preview Theatre. Mr. Sahadevan senior editor of India Vision TV channel will speak on behalf of media persons.
This new visual communications centre is the first Don Bosco Media Institute in the southern India state of Kerala popularly known as “God’s own country”. The other DB media institutions in the state are: DB IGACT for printing and graphic arts and DB College for Masters in Communicative Journalism (MCJ) at Angadikadav, Kannoor.
Vennala’s Don Bosco Institute of Multimedia, Animation, Graphics and Effects (DB IMAGE) has an added boon as there are two other media institutes on campus, namely: DB IGACT as well as a school for performing arts.
“We have gone out of the way to invest in a state of the art facility for our students,” says DB Image director Fr Jiji Kalavanal showing around the fully furnished 20,000 square feet facility on the third floor of the Don Bosco Communications building.
“There is still a fourth floor being prepared with shooting floors and classrooms ” quickly adds Fr Jiji a first rank holder in film making as well as winner of two international film awards (Rome 2009) and Warsaw (2010).
One thing that strikes the visitor is the LED light bulbs used in the entire institute. Fr Jiji explains that “besides being highly economical due to its low consumption of electricity, these bulbs have a far higher life span and will light up the entire centre four hours when electricity fails.”
The institute’s maximum capacity is for 30 students per course. Currently the institute offers Diploma courses in film making.
Training is offered in audio & video editing, scriptwriting, direction, animation, graphic design, web design, photography, videography and offset printing.
From 2011 the institute hopes to launch degree course and a post graduation diploma in the above disciplines with possibility also for distance learning.
The 7.2 high tech Preview Theatre offers world class film projection system as well as gallery style seating arrangements for 72 people. Besides offering students the best screening facilities, the institute offers budding film makers the opportunity to show case their production for world premiere.
DB IMAGE also has a Saturday Movie Club for serious movie goers. The state’s film production companies and channels are in seven kilometer radius of the new Don Bosco institute.
The special feature of the institute is that each student will have his or her own lap top and class room is fitted with wi-fi connections.
The economically backward students will have easy bank-loan facility which they need to pay back only after they begin to earn.
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