Government Film and Television Institute

The Government Film & Television Institute, Bangalore formerly a part of SJPolytechnic is believed as the first government institute in India to start technical courses related to films It is one of the few government film institutes in India The institute is located at Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru in Karnataka It comes under the Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Karnataka The institute offers three-year diploma courses in Cinematography and Sound Recording and Engineering The diploma certificates are awarded by the Department of Technical Education, Government of Karnataka


  • 1 History
  • 2 Location
  • 3 Courses
    • 31 Cinematography
    • 32 Sound Engineering
  • 4 Notable alumni
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


M Visvesvaraya founded the Sri Jayachamarajendra Occupational Institute in August 1945 in Bangaluru, named after the Maharaja of Mysore It aimed to provide trained technicians to the industries that were then developing rapidly It offered training in engineering and crafts subjects including ceramics, instrument technology, boilers and engines, welding and metalwork, cinematography, sound and radio engineering It was the first educational institution of its kind in India

In September 1996 the courses in cinematography and sound & television were transferred to the newly opened Government Film & Television Institute in Hesaraghatta under the World Bank Assisted Project for Technician Development in India


The Institute is situated in Hesaraghatta about 35 km from the city and covers 25 acres


Government Film & Television Institute offers two 3 year Diploma courses in Cinematography and Sound Recording & Engg The intake of students for each course is 33


The 3-year study in Cinematography covers Still Photography, Motion Picture Photography and Videography with subjects like Film Analysis & Appreciation, Visual Composition, Filming Techniques, Lighting Techniques, Film Processing, Film Projection, Electronic Cinematography, Television Production, Multimedia, Computer Graphics & Animation

The Cinematography department has two Still Photography Studios, Motion Picture Labs, Television Production Floor and an acoustically treated Film Shooting Floor with a viewers gallery

Sound Engineering

The Sound Recording & Engineering course covers recording techniques, architectural acoustics, digital recording, music, analog and digital electronics, communication engineering and television engineering

The Sound Recording department has a studio which can be used for recording music, voice dubbing, background scoring in analog and digital formats It has a digital audio workstation, video post-production console, film projection booth, electronics lab and computer Lab

Notable alumni

  • Ashok Kashyap
  • Gireesh Gangadharan
  • Govind Nihalani
  • Jomon T John
  • Master Manjunath
  • V K Murthy
  • Santosh Rai Pathaje
  • Satya Hegde
  • Shekhar Chandru
  • S Krishna

See also

  • Cinema of India
  • Film and Television Institute of India
  • List of film schools
  • K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts


External links

  • Official website

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