Country’s animation sector needs to grow: President
Posted on Dec 03, 2011 at 10:35pm IST
It is necessary to create opportunities for skilled professionals of the Indian animation industry within the country. The sector is otherwise largely dependent on outsourcing projects from the US and Europe, said President Pratibha Patil here on Friday.
Patil was speaking after the inauguration of DSK Supinfocom, a city-based animation school founded by the DSK group and French institute Supinfocom. The campus of the institute is spread over 20 acres with facilities like workstations, designing labs, auditorium and hostels for the students.
She said, "The global animation and gaming industry grew at 12% per annum between 2005 and 2009. It was estimated to be a $115-billion industry two years ago and is expected to grow at a rate of 10% per cent till 2013 to become a $170-billion industry. Animation companies in India largely draw their revenue from outsourced projects like films and video games, while there is also a growing scope for industrial designing."
Meanwhile, the DSK group has made a short film to spread awareness on female foeticide. Speaking about the film, she said, "It is disturbing and a matter of great concern that female foeticide exists even in the 21st century. The recently released figures of the 2011 census highlight the seriousness of the problem. The all-India gender ratio for children between the ages of 0 and 6 stands at 914 girls per 1,000 boys - the lowest since independence."
"Maharashtra is not doing too well on this front," she said, adding: "The census ratio of the state stands at 883 girls for 1,000 boys, lower than the national ratio. It was 925:1000 in the 2001 census, which underlines the level of deterioration. Corporate groups like DSK should take the initiative and spread awareness about the issue."
Patil also mentioned the recent incident in the Satara district where girls named 'Nakusa' (unwanted) were given new names in an attempt to change the mindset of the society towards the girl child. "Such corrective actions must continue and should be supported," she said.
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