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Animation to be introduced in degree, university curriculum

The State government has decided to introduce animation, VFX, gaming and comic industry in the course curriculum of degree colleges and university programmes.

A proposal to introduce animation and gaming as a stream in ITI curriculum and skills programme to create awareness on the employment opportunities in this emerging vertical, has been on the anvil. It has also been proposed to ensure training and placements through the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge for the candidates trained in the animation and gaming stream, besides promoting local content creation through reservation of air time in national channels.

Industries and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao announced these initiatives by the government after laying the foundation stone for IMAGE (Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment) Towers at Cyberabad on Sunday. The proposed facility would have a total built up space of 16 lakh sq. ft with all-supporting infrastructure that includes green mat studios, sounds and acoustics, colour coding and DI studios, data centre and high definition bandwidth.

Being taken up at a cost of ₹945 crore under public-private partnership mode, it would be a technology powerhouse for creative industry providing one-stop shop for all services. “To be operational in three years from now, this will be one-of-its-kind facility in the Asia Pacific region, an iconoic structure of Telangana,” the Minister said.

The city already has over 100 companies, including VFX studios, 2D, 3D animation and gaming, and has employed around 30,000 professionals. Content worth close to $300 million was being developed in the city with prominent platers like Green Gold, Electronic Arts, Rotomakers, 7Seas, DQ Entertainment and Game Shastra. The Minister said the animation and gaming industry was the fastest growing sector internationally with a market size exceeding $2,421 billion in 2016. Of this, the Indian contribution was approximately $1.39 billion and this was set to reach $3.12 billion by 2021. The government had already set up an incubation centre for the sector in 27,000 sq. ft space and 10 companies were housed here.