PU frames policy for campus film shoots

Now it will not be easy to shoot a film or a song on the Panjab University (PU) campus. The PU authorities have made a policy for the indoor and outdoor shooting of films.

So far, Panjab University has for long been a favoured location for the shooting of films and over a dozen regional films and an equivalent number of music videos have been shot here.

Due to its location in one of the well planned union territories- Chandigarh, PU has always remained as one of the best places for the producers to shoot for their films or songs.

The policy says that the application for grant of permission for shooting should be received in the office at least 10 days before the shooting schedule.

Unlike before, movie makers have to pay Rs 25,000 for a day as a day rent. Earlier, the rent was Rs 15,000 per day.

Moreover, it has also been clarified that the concerned university official will accept the fee only after Dean Student Welfare (DSW) or Chief Security Officer grants permission.

Timings for the shooting will be 6 am to 8 pm. The authorities has decided that shooting of films or tele-serials or songs on the university campus will be allowed preferably on Saturday and Sunday or on other gazetted holidays.

No shooting will be allowed at the V-C's office, girls hostels, administrative blocks except outskirts, health centre, dental college and library.

Similarly, Rs 25,000 including Rs 12.36 per cent service tax per day, will be charged from the film shoots requests which will come through the UT Administration.

Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) president Mohammad Khalid said that he appreciated the efforts of the varsity for framing the policy.

Khalid said that though the shooting makes the varsity popular, it should not be at the cost of the functioning of PU and should not disturb the classes.

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