Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Pearl Live – Global e-learning courses by Pearl Academy

With the internet revolution in the mid-90s, the physical boundaries diluted and gave path to a new era of information exchange that changed the world totally. Today, almost everyone is just a click away. This digital uprising has also changed the definition of education sector. It’s no longer a 4 walled classroom with a board and a marker. The source of information is not just the books or your teacher. Students crave for more and updated information to satisfy their hunger for knowledge.

Staying abreast with the changing times, Pearl Academy has also launched its online education initiative – Pearl Live, that offers certificate programs to learners across the world and prepares them to bridge the demand & supply gap in the industry with following courses :-

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  1. Design Management
  2. Digital Design & Communication
  3. Entrepreneurship for Creative Professions
  4. Interior Design
  5. Digital Commerce
  6. Social Media Marketing

These Courses cater to the need of those who do not have time for full-time courses but want to stay updated with the industry knowledge and polish their skills. A big plus here is the certification/validation which will be provided by Pearl Academy and its international education alliances for all the courses. And, not to mention that the curriculum of all the courses has been developed with the inputs of our industry partners.

What a learner can get out of these courses? Many things –

  • Global e-learning platform
  • International certification/validation
  • Industry connect through Pearl Contact Program (PCP)
  • E-Portfolio for better career prospects
  • Individual Mentors

But this is not it. To know what all you can get, take a free trial of the courses and learn yourself how Pearl Live can change your world: Free Trial

Pearl Academy, a globally renowned institution of higher learning with a focus on Internationalism; entrepreneurship and employability, has been catering to the needs of design, fashion, business and retail industry for over 20 years.

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Myriad expressions of Freedom @ Pow Wow in Jaipur campus

POW WOW 1In each workshop, the concept of Freedom was expressed in various ways by the new Pearlites and each meaning was close to every individual at Pow Wow. The mentors, who helped these Pearlites to bring out their best, were also exploring new meanings through these workshops. Check out some glimpses of PoW Wow here:

Reclaiming Freedom - K.B. Jinan2Reclaiming Freedom by K. B. Jinan – We were born intelligent but education ruined us!! Sounds cool, isn’t it? But it became more interesting when the students were asked to explore this cool saying!

How many of us can think about how to draw a circle with a scale! Not many! Because we were never taught on the school about this! The mentor told that a child once told him 6 ways! Now that surely is worth a thought!

Students also had a small meditation session as according Jinan, every child meditates. Not everything learnt is taught after all!
And surely not everything taught is learnt by all! To prove that there were a series of videos about children and artisans with immense talents which were taught by none! That was an inspiring one and a take back to home.

HeRa - Breaking Essentials1Hip-hop workshop led by HeRa – Hip hop is the streets. It speaks to your livelihood and it’s not compromised. It’s raw, straight off the streets – from the beat to the voice to the words. But the workshop was not just about Hip-hop as it included various other forms of dance such as break dance, locking & popping, etc. were integrated in the session.

Multiple activities such as body movements, role-playing, script making with body, etc. made the dancing a fun filled exercise. Students learned that they have to bring out their individuality to stand out from the rest crowd –even if they are considered weird for doing so. Believe in what you want and believe it so hard that everybody else believes in your belief.

The hero's Journey - Amitesh SinghalUnleash the writer within by Priyadarshani Sharma – A Delhi based writer who has done film making, written scripts and does freelancing photography and writing for passion.

She did an interesting exercise where students were made aware of the power of communication and how important it is to express your feelings. Initially, Priyandarshini made students write about their given partners (Both the partners were obviously unknown to each other as they have just joined the Academy) and their experience in the campus so far. Students were also given an activity where they had to continuously write on anything which hit their minds, to teach them the fact that words can actually make one feel better, even when you feel you don’t want to write. All these activities along with a couple of others were aimed at expressing feeling and thoughts effectively through words.

One of the students, Ankita Rachcha said, “This workshop has been extremely informative and interesting right since the beginning. It has helped me overcome the fear of putting what I feel into words. I now find it easier to organise my ideas and thoughts in a way that is appealing to readers. I am sure that this creative writing workshop will help in any situation where I will have to deal with words”.

Another student, Pragya said, “The workshop helped us put our thoughts and imagination into words. Expressions and emotions play a major role. Our facilitator motivated us to perform a better task at creative writing”.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Day 1 @Pow Wow – Oodles of Curiosity, Craziness and enthusiasm!

Logo - Pow WowPow Wow for freedom is a series of heterogeneous, energetic and curious multi-disciplinary workshops for the fresher batch. Each workshop has an interesting underlying sense of freedom in it. Students creatively explore a new activity and are let to break barriers and feel free to express themselves.

Day 1 of Pow Wow at the Naraina campus witnessed a fresh wave of the new batch busting with excitement and energy!  Here is what happened – so that you don’t miss the fun at Pearl:

Shree Damble WorkshopThe Ultimate Freedom- a workshop on life skillsShree Damble, the facilitator of the workshop, feels that kids in their teens harbor some thoughts in their minds that limit their growth as a person. Hence, her aim is to empower these kids with the unwavering self-belief so that they are not apprehensive of expressing themselves. After an interactive introduction the kids were asked to express their idea of a best friend on a canvas. The clueless bunch of kids reluctantly started drawing and wondering whether or not they were doing the right thing. There were several other activities that followed which helped them let go of their fears and self-hindering beliefs.  At the end of the whole day exercise, it seemed like the students walked out with a sense of freedom through self-love as their face were now brighter and they all had a big smile on their faces. They all are eagerly waiting for tomorrow to experience what lies before them!

How would it be if one could create his own tools to draw and paint? Sounds unusual, right? But that’s exactly what happened at the Multiplicity (Draw Free) workshop facilitated by Nitin Bal Chauhan. Here the students enjoyed the freedom to create their own paint brushes. So they joined 3-4 sketch pens/bold markers to create one alternative for brushes. Some students explored the idea of combining crayons and markers. Once they had their self-created tools to draw and paint, they were all given the same image to draw. So they all created the same image but each one of them was unique.

Bringing Home the Bacon was a workshop on how does one observe and draw. Shanker Chandra, workshop facilitator aims at sensitizing the students to their inherent sense of aesthetics. The facilitator made them students circulate their sketch books several times while they were drawing so that they get exposed to new lines and strokes and blend their own into it. The students understood that how to observe objects in relation to the background and they were having a good time drawing.

At Bamboo Installations workshop, students gave their best in expressing freedom through their work. The workshop took a high ride and moved with a direction. Workshop facilitator Pankaj Narain tried to open up students mind to another level of exploration. Students came up with innovative ideas. They were explained about different types of Bamboo’s, ways of cutting it and how to tie them with ropes. They were told to make 3D structures of Bamboo’s. Many Interior Architect Designer students showed up their interest in material exploration. They had put their hard work and efforts to come up with interesting 3D forms. The Professor quoted, “I want them to understand Space and I have given them freedom to explore themselves as it is the main motive of these workshops.

Campus also experienced something out of the box. Bake for freedom workshop was something unexpected from a design college. The facilitator Caelisa Appleton minutely explained every detail of Baking to students.  He said, “Baking is half Science and half Art”, and explained very patiently about the key points of Baking. Caelisa also shared her experiences and gave recipe for baking cookies.

It was a buzzing day where students had a lot of questions in their minds before they plunged into this myriad of craziness. We hope to see the buzz back in campus tomorrow. Until then…have a great day!! Keeping expressing!!

Check out the glimpses of Day 1 here: Photographs

(* Student contributors – Geetanshi Arora, Shivani Gupta, Sanya Gulati, Amalu R Nair, Aailya and Drishti Vij)

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Pow Wow For Freedom, 2014

These 60 super crazy workshops, covering 60 topics, in just 4 days across Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai are specially designed for students to responds to the idea of freedom in its own unique way.

POW WOW is made up of unforeseen, heterogeneous, energetic and curious multi-disciplinary encounters. Its participants plan, act, reflect, make, break, fail, fall, float, in all possible ways in the workshops’ dynamic collaborative space. Within all the diverse workshops there is one shared element. Every workshop in its own unique fashion responds to a common question – ‘What is freedom?’

For more information on PowWow, visit: http://powwow.pearlacademy.com/

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