In a move that has pleasantly surprised many dance lovers, the IIT Bhubaneswar has earned the distinction of becoming the only IIT in the country to have introduced dance form in its course curriculum, after launching Odissi dance as a BTech subject.
The classical dance would be one of the ‘breadth’ course of maximum 12 credits during the four-year BTech studies. Each credit means, weekly five hours of study for a course.
In the first two semesters, students can learn Odissi as an extra academic activity of one credit from a range including NSS, NCC, Yoga, badminton, volleyball and cricket.
Ten girls have chosen Odissi this after it was introduced recently. Whichever of these they choose, they have to clear it to earn the BTech degree.
In the second and third year, the students can opt Odissi as an elective “breadth course” from among a range of subjects such as Odissi, financial management, international relations and entrepreneurship. Each of the two semesters in a year would have three credits for the “breadth course,” which is mandatory to clear BTech.
In the last year, the students opting for Odissi can continue with it as a purely optional subject or opt out of it. Any student learning it in the final year would get a diploma in dance as well.
According to the director, IIT Bhubaneswar, RV Rajakumar, the classical dance can broaden horizons of students studying specialized course.
IIT dean academic affairs NC Sahoo says the institute roped in noted Odissi exponents Kum Kum Mohanty and Iliana, among others to design the Odissi curriculum and its examination pattern.
The institute has hired trainers for the courses. The Odiss study would include classroom teaching, activities while the exams would include written tests as well as demonstration of techniques.
Odissi is now an optional course in IIT Bhubaneswar. Super. Students can learn dance, take part in Nach Baliye & be judged by other IITians.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 11, 2015
IIT Bhubaneswar introduces Odissi as BTech subject,becomes 1st IIT to have a dance form in its curriculum (Rep.Img) pic.twitter.com/l5jhVN5DhP
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 11, 2015
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) September 11, 2015
IIT Bhubaneswar introduced dance as a BTech subject so that no alumnus embarrasses IITs with his moves like Chetan Bhagat did in Nach Baliye
— Prashant (@Witticisms_) September 11, 2015
Courtesy: Times of India