The Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) will identify and train Plus One students interested in pursuing a career in photography and post-production this academic year.

This is in keeping with the novel programme SITAR (Students Initiative for Training in Artistic Rejuvenation) being spearheaded by the directorate’s Career Guidance and Adolescent Counselling Cell to encourage career options other than engineering and medicine.

Since its launch in 2012-13, SITAR has chosen one subject for specialised training every year for government and aided school students with an aptitude for that subject. Incidentally, 60% to 70% of students trained thus are either pursuing higher studies or working in related fields.


Having zeroed in on photography and post-production this year, the DHSE will run a mobile digital photography contest with the support of the Kannur-based National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

“We are expecting around 15,000 entries with every school submitting up to 10 entries. Of these, 150 entries from every district will be chosen, which will be whittled down to 40 by a team from NIFT,” C.M. Azeem, State coordinator, Career Guidance and Adolescent Counselling Cell, said.

By July 17

Each district will be given a dedicated e-mail id to which schools must submit the chosen photographs in digital format by July 17. Schools can conduct a screening of their own to judge the 10 best pictures.

A workshop followed by a written test to evaluate aptitude in photography will be held at the district level on August 4 and 18. “Forty students will then attend a State-level orientation programme to be conducted by experts from NIFT,” said Mr. Azeem. The DHSE is also exploring the scope for holding a week-long national workshop for these students for which talks are under way with IIT, Hyderabad.

Aim of DHSE venture is to encourage career options other than engineering and medicine.

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