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IIT Bhubneshwar introduces Odissi dance form in its curriculum

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Published on 27 April 2016 4:32 AM GMT

IIT Bhubneshwar introduces Odissi dance form in its curriculum
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Bhubneshwar: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubneshwar has introduced Odissi dance as a BTech subject.

The engineering college became the first IIT to introduce any dance form in its curriculum.

What authorities said:

  • Director Rajakumar explains the reason behind introduction of such a subject, saying,"dance can broaden horizons of students studying specialised course."
  • "The classical dance form has been introduced as a breadth course of maximum 12 credits during the 12 four year BTech studies. This will involve weekly five hours of classes." told the Director.

The Curriculum:

  • IIT dean academic affairs N C Sahoo said that Odissi experts have been hired to design the curriculum of the course.
  • First Year: In the first year students can learn Odissi as an extra academic activity of one credit from a range including NSS, NCC, Yoga, badminton, volleyball and cricket.
  • Whichever of these they choose, they have to clear it to earn the BTech degree.
  • Second and Third Year: Each of the second and the third semesters will have three credits, which will be mandatory to be cleared to clear the course.
  • the students can opt Odissi as an elective "breadth course" from among a range of subjects such Odissi, financial management, international relations and entrepreneurship.
  • Last Year: The students can continue with with the dance form as a purely optional subject or opt out of it.
  • The director stated that Any student learning the dance form in the final year would get a diploma in dance as well.
  • The Dean told that the Odissi study would include classroom teaching, activities while the exams would include written tests as well as demonstration of techniques.

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