Breaking the stereotype that geeks cannot dance, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar recently introduced Odissi dance as a BTech subject in its curriculum.
No IIT in the country has got any kind of dance as a part of their curriculum, so it makes IIT-Bhubaneswar the first in the country to do so.
Talking about this huge step, IIT-Bhubaneswar director RV Rajakumar on Friday said:
“The classical dance would be one of the ‘breadth’ course of maximum 12 credits during the four years BTech studies, Each credit means, weekly five hours of study for a course.”
Giving more details about the course, the director added that students in the first year can learn Odissi as an extra academic activity for one credit.
The Odissi dance can be taken as extra academic credit from a list that includes activities like NSS, NCC, Yoga, badminton, volleyball and cricket.
Ten girls from the first year have already chosen Odissi as a subject. But despite making it an extra credit course, the college has made it clear that students have to clear it to earn their BTech degrees, just like they have to clear any of the other listed credit course in-case they choose it.
For the second and third year students, Odissi Dance is as an elective “breadth course” and students opt for either Odissi Dance or financial management or international relations or entrepreneurship among other subjects. The students stand to earn three credits each semester from these breadth courses. Passing them is mandatory.
As for the final year of the college (4th year), students can opt for Odissi dance as an optional subject or can opt out of it altogether.
But a student who takes up the subject in the final year of the college would also get a diploma in dance.
When director Rajakumar was asked why the college decided to introduce Odissi dance, he said:
“Dance can broaden horizons of students studying specialised course.”
According to Times of India, the institute has added Odissi exponents Kum Kum Mohanty and Iliana, among others to design their curriculum and its examination pattern.