Berhampur, July 20 (LocalWire): Visual art is fast emerging as a popular carrier choice and unlike earlier when very few wanted to take up the four-year visual art course, over 86 students have taken the entrance test for admission in the Government College of Art and Craft at Khallikote this year.
The college in Ganjam district has a total of 30 seats for the four-year course.
“We have already sent the intimation letters to the students and all the seats is likely to fill up this year,” college principal JP Das said.
He, however, pointed out that this is not the first time that there are so many students willing to join the visual arts course.
“In the last three years, all the seats have been filled up in the college,” he said indicating the change in mindset and trend.
“More students are willing to earn a degree in visual art as the government appoints the drawing teachers in the upper primary schools across the state on a contractual basis,” Das stated, adding that the government also appoints drawing teacher at a higher salary in Odisha Adarsha Vidyalayas.
The admission in the 62-year-old college was on a downward trail since 2005, when only 17 students joined the course. The situation further worsened the next year with only seven students taking admission in this premier art institute.
“The lack of interest among students might be because there were no assured job opportunities for visual art graduates in the state,” a lecturer said.
“Many students of the college have got jobs in different advertisement agencies and other establishments outside the state and even abroad. Almost all the reputed visual artists of the state are from this college,” principal Das stated
The college that was established in 1957 has been strengthening its infrastructure, and has built a separate building for the Centre of Excellence in the college premises at a cost of Rs two crore.
“We are planning to make the ground floor of the building as the exhibition hall, first floor as the library and conference halls, while the second floor will be reserved for the department of painting,” Das informed.
The craft department of the college has also introduced ceramic as a separate branch. “As the ceramic industry is booming these days due to high demand of decorative ceramic tiles in the construction sector, we have introduced the branch in the craft department,” he added.