The famous dance form Odissi has been introduced by IIT Bhubaneswar as a BTech subject, which is a first of its kind in the country. It becomes the first IIT in the entire country to introduce any dance form in its curriculum said director RV Rajakumar.
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 to 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 years, the students can opt Odissis 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.
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, the director said.
Explaining why IIT decided to introduce the classical dance, Rajakumar said "dance can broaden horizons of students studying specialised course."
IIT dean academic affairs N CSahoo said the institute had involved noted Odissi exponents Kum Kum Mohanty and Iliana, among others to design the Odissi curriculum and its examination pattern. "We have 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," he said.