I recently received an email from someone (who I have deliberately not named for the sake of privacy) who is very concerned about the state of Animation Education in India. He raises a pertinent but rarely discussed subject – the plight of Animation ‘Educators’ (more commonly known as ‘trainers’ here) in India.
I reproduce below his email verbatim. After this, you may deduce for yourself why our students are not really learning anything from the “Animation Institutes” that promise them the Sun and the Moon (or should I say – Disney and Pixar) in exchange for obscenely high fees.
Greetings…This is a sincere request you to highlight the issues pertaining to the Animation Educators or trainers in so called Animation academies spread all over India in a franchisee model based education setup.
The real truth is very shocking always. The faculties are just picked up from the better students after a 6 month to 1 yr non formal study of technical education minus the aesthetic grounding needed for all these franchisees. They are given a maximum of 4-6 weeks training at the head offices of the respective brand they are going to join. After that they are even sent to far across sometimes to the near by countries for imparting education.
These faculties are given a remuneration of 30000/- per upto 6-7 or 8 Lakh per anum depending the seniority and experience and the brand for which he works with. But They are never given a proper training and exposure and production experience to become a true animation trainer and they are some times given a work load 6-7 batches per day with 2 hrs per each batch.They are always on their own and always on their toes because technology is ever changing and they have to adapt or perish .
Their life is really hell considering the kind of money the Franchisees make per month per unit franchisee/ with the 20 % royalty fee per student admitted to.
This is why probably most of the student and people belong to animation fraternity are under nourished because the training provider <faculties> are always treated inhumanly by the owner of the franchisee.
This has never been raised anyone despite of the fact that we have bodies like ASIFA,CGT,TASI and ABAI and a host of other affiliated communities.
I hope you try to raise the issues in your uniquely positioned website and the soon to be launched e-magazine and create a community for the betterment of these kind of non-organized professionals and boost the Animation Industry in India.
Sorry for this long write up…
Thank you, J, for this heartfelt email. Trust me, I have raised this issue time and again through my blog and at forums. My intention behind posting your letter here is to bring it to the notice of someone somewhere who is a position of power to take action on the problem.