IIT Bhubaneswar first in India to introduce ODISSI in BTech Subject


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IIT Bhubaneswar is the first IIT in the India to introduce Odissi dance in its curriculum. Odissi dance has been included as a Btech subject here, director RV Rajakumar said here on Friday. The classical dance would be one of the ‘breadth’ course of maximum 12 credits during the four years BTech studies, he said. Each credit means, weekly five hours of study for a course.

In the first year (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 is chosen, the students have to clear it to earn the BTech degree.

In the second and third years, the students can opt Odissi as an elective “breadth course” from among a range of subjects such 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.

As per the Times of India report, students can now learn Odissi as an extra academic activity for the first two semesters. It says that 10 girls have already opted for the subject.

Students can now choose Odissi as an elective ‘breadth course’ during the second and third year of Btech. This means that there will be three credits of the elective course which will need to be cleared.

IIT dean academic affairs N C Sahoo said “The Odissi study would include classroom teaching, activities while the exams would include written tests as well as demonstration of techniques,” he said the institute had involved noted Odissi exponents Kum Kum Mohanty and Iliana, among others to design the Odissi curriculum and its examination pattern.

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