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Workshop on
Researching and Scripting of programmes with Scientific Content

Background and Context

Television sector in India has grown rapidly in the last two decades. Indians now have nearly 600 channels to choose from. The supply is more than they might demand. However, most channels are still trying to imitate each other, vying for scoops and sensationalism in a bid to survive and, if possible, to grow.

The channels that will survive would be those who are willing to meet the demands of the public for news, views and entertainment - content that is relevant for their day-to-day lives - content dealing with issues related to livelihood, health of family members, their physical, biological, psychological, social, economic and political environment, technologies that they have to deal with to survive and thrive in 21st century -content that is authentic and credible, scientifically accurate, fair and balanced -content that is engaging, entertaining.

To present good quality content that is authentic, credible and scientifically accurate, Research is necessary. Yet, quite often, the deadlines in Television industry does not provide adequate time required to do research to the necessary depth or breadth. Thus most media channels end up providing scientifically questionable content to its viewers.

Scientific content, even when they are related current affairs, sports, health, agriculture or environment is quite often terminology ridden, complex and difficult to comprehend. Technology communication, quite often, become product promotion. This is because of different factors - producers and script writers may not necessarily have the background to interpret the new scientific findings or the capacity to dig up the relevant information in the given time. The skills needed to present the information in an engaging manner also often need to be developed, because most of the content producers today are not trained professionally.

FTII and IISER Pune announce a workshop for television producers and script writers to build their capacity to do research in efficient and effective manner within the deadlines and to write scripts with scientific content in engaging ways.
FTII is a premier institution with a long history of training film and television personnel in India. The Institute envisions to impart high quality tertiary education in the fields of Film, Television and allied media to encourage creative expression, independent enterprise and to create well educated skilled & creative professionals for Film, TV and Media Industry.
IISER Pune is one of the five IISERs established as scientific institutions of the highest caliber where teaching and education are totally integrated with state-of-art research. IISER Pune has established a Science Media Centre with support from NCSTC, DST, for training science students, teachers, researchers and scientists in the art and craft of media productions.

Build the capacity of TV producers, production assistants, researchers and script writers :

  • to use a wider set of information sources quickly and efficiently,
  • to assess the quality, relevance and credibility of the content,
  • to deal with complex ideas and concepts,
  • to structure and tell the stories well through broadcast media

The Workshop
The workshop will focus on improving the skills needed to quickly locate scientific content relevant to specific target audiences and to structure the content in comprehensible and engaging ways. The workshop will provide tools, tricks and tips for covering issues related to health, agriculture, environment and technology. The workshop will orient the producers to the best practices used in attracting audiences in a competitive media environment.

Who should participate?
The workshop is primarily intended for TV producers, production assistants, researchers and script writers who are actively involved in television medium.
Media teachers and media students who have completed their courses in television - and those with experience in video production - will be a secondary target group.

Participants under the age of 40 will be preferred. The medium of instruction will be English interaction will include oral and written submissions.


Minimum qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of experience in production. (Relaxable in cases of students who have just completed their course on video production).
  • The workshop will be conducted primarily in English. Ability to participate in group discussions using English language.
  • Computer skills - Experience with some basic uses of MS Word or equivalent, Internet browsersand search engines.

Expected Output and Outcome :
Towards the end of the 6 days, the participants will have worked out the concepts, done research, worked out a treatment for producing programmes which they can produce easily and scripted a programme that they could produce immediately after the workshop.

The output will be many story ideas and at least one script each, backed by reasonable amount of research.

Course Dates                               :                 3rd June to 7th June, 2013
Minimum Eligibility                     :                 Graduation (Preferably Sciences)     
                                                                        (Preference may be given to participants having
                                                                        Higher education and experience in Sound
                                                                        Recording or relevant field)

No. of Participants                      :                15
Last date of receiving
application forms                       :                 4th May, 2013 
Course Fee                                 :                  10,000 /- (without accommodation)


* Application form is to be downloaded 

Information for the candidates :
The filled - in application forms received will be scrutinized and list of selected candidates will be displayed on the website by 8th May, 2103. Selected candidates should send the fees by Demand Draft (Nationalized Bank) drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, FTII” payable at Pune. Selected Candidates should confirm their course participation accompanied with the Demand Draft of Rs 10,000/- (Rs Ten Thousand only) so as to reach latest by 21st May, 2013 on the following address
                  In- charge Short Course Unit,
                  Law College Road, Pune - 411 004.
                  Email :
                  Tele : 020 - 25433060 (Direct Line) 020 - 25431817, 25433016, Ext.  249
                              Fax : 020 - 25430416                  
                              (Timings 10.00 am to 5.00 pm)