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Tihar Jail & Pearl Academy jointly set up a fashion laboratory at the prison

Tihar Jail & Pearl Academy jointly set up a fashion laboratory at the prison

A step towards encouraging women inmates to learn life sustaining skills

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution for design, fashion and creative business took a one of its kind initiative by setting up a fashion laboratory in collaboration with Tihar Jail. Offering a unique opportunity to the women prisoners of Tihar Jail to build an holistic and independent life after prison, Pearl Academy has set up a Fashion Laboratory equipped with all the essential facilities and tools necessary for learning basics of design & construction, in the prison premises.

Furnished with pattern making tools and sewing kits backed by the latest lighting and ventilation facilities, the Lab will provide specialized sewing machines, overlock machines, ironing machines and dress forms pattern tables with cork top. Furthermore, Pearl Academy will hold certification programs with an aim to build self-confidence within the inmates. The details of the training are given below:

• Capsules of forty-five 45 days, divided into three 3 core modules, will be used in the certificate program
• There will be three 3 such capsules in a single academic year
• Two or more trainees will be assisted for placements

Mr Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Tihar Jail and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy jointly launched the fashion laboratory. Extending their support to this unique initiative aimed at skilling and hence empowering the women inmates, Mrs Punya Salila Srivastava, Secretary, Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Government of India and Mr Abhishek Singh, District Magistrate, New Delhi were also present at the occasion.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a joint fashion show and a cultural program by the Pearl Academy students and women inmates.

Commenting on this initiative, Mr Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons, Tihar Jail, said “It’s a unique initiative which shows the commitment of Tihar Jail to promote skill development among inmates. It will help the women inmates to learn life sustaining skills and will provide them with great opportunities to earn a livelihood in their ‘life-after-prison. I thank Pearl Academy for their continuous cooperation and efforts in establishing this fashion laboratory and setting up well thought out certification programs.”

Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy excited about the initiative, said “Pearl Academy is committed to skill development, and this is one of a kind initiative which will help the women inmates of Tihar jail to build a new life after prison. The fashion laboratory is equipped with all the facilities and machinery needed for learning basics of design & construction skills. We are happy to be a part of Skill India Mission and also in our small way, trying our best to contribute to the society by empowering these women to help them rebuild their lives.”
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The event was covered by top publications and news channels like TOI, India Today, Business Standard, Delhi Aaj Tak et al. Catch some of it here:-

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First year at college and you don’t go to the class?

First year at college and you don’t go to the class?

Creativity is boundless and that is why we often ask our students to push themselves and thrust to explore and learn the new. The first year students at our Mumbai campus get a taste of that right from their first year. Below are couple of visits recently made by the students guided by the faculty to give them an open learning environment.

Guided Tour of NCPA, Mumbai
Warm and Welcoming NCPA personnel guided our students in an exclusive tour of all their theaters, telling us about its rich heritage, outstanding features and memorable performances that have been held there over the years. Fun and inspirational, we are sure such sessions widen their horizons and give them a new perspective on things around them.

Opera Appreciation Session, conducted by Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria
Our Foundation Design students of Mumbai Campus were in for a treat at NCPA when their resident Opera expert and supervisor of NCPA’s exclusive Stuart-Liff Library, Mr. Jimmy Bilimoria took them through the nuances of Opera in a step by step video screening of the famous Opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.

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Offsite Class at Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Making Learning fun was just what our students had in mind during their visit to Bhau Daji Lad Museum, where they were exposed to history, nature and materials in a hands–on way.

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It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.

So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.


Ghazelle, dancer.


Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi.


Gita Vishwanath, Writer.


Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.


Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?


Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.


Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.


Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl


Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.


Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama

Check out other work of Abhimanyu Singh Rathore on his blog ISHTAILISTA

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Pearl Academy at Republic Day Parade

It is a proud moment for all of us at Pearl Academy as our students participated at the prestigious Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi.

Strengthening our partnership with KHADI INDIA, New Delhi, Govt. of India, Pearl Academy students decked in khadi, performed on the Khadi India tableaux and showcased the collection of renowned designer Sharee Basu, a part of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) tableau, at India’s 68th Republic Day.
Our students also got a golden opportunity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi who appreciated them for their efforts.


Appreciation also poured in from Mr Kalraj Mishra, Minister, MSME who acknowledged the effort of our students on Twitter.
The students who made us proud are:

1. Himani Satwal
2.Vartika Nangia
3. Karanveer Dureja
4. Jatin Narang
5. Sahil Minhas
6. Tanisha Mansera
7. Saumya Sharma
8. Tejasvi Khatri
9. Pranshu Behl


While the students won us laurels at the parade, our staff and students also made the pre – Republic Day celebrations a huge hit!
Adorned in Indian wear in shades and hues of saffron, white, blue and green, Pearlites literally wore their patriotism on their sleeve!


Our students spent the day with the children from Manthan NGO; spreading smiles and warmth throughout, a huge thank you to our super society, Plan Clan for coming up with such a thoughtful idea and executing it beautifully.

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Yet another Sunday Style Brunch at Pullman Hotel powered by Pearl Academy

There is fashion that exists everywhere. Extending our horizons, this time we entered the hospitality industry. We are proud to associate with Pullman Hotel to present to you Stylish Sunday Brunches. So get ready to be blown away by the hottest place in town serving the best ever Sunday Brunch with a side of fashion presented by Pearl Academy. Every month there will be selected alumni and students who will be showcasing their collection at the venue. This is an initiative to provide a platform to Pearlites to connect and collaborate with and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in them. This was the second edition that took place on 15th January 2017. Here are the alumni who presented their collection at the event.

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The Mumbai Connection – Pearl Academy in the city of dreams

There is no particular reason why Mumbai has been given the sobriquet of ‘the city of dreams.’ Whether it is trade and commerce, Bollywood, fashion – the city is an enabler for all. There is an endless list of people who have come to Mumbai without a penny in their pockets and eventually became successful. Everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan to Manish Malhotra achieved their dreams here.

A city for all to make a living

Mumbai is a melting pot of diverse cultures – it houses people from different parts of the world with varying ethnicities, cultures and race. Despite the odd conflicts they all coexist peacefully.

A city with India’s largest film industry

Bollywood is not only India’s largest film industry but also one of the largest in the world. In the recent past, a spate of foreign production houses have set up shop in Mumbai – think Fox, Warner Bros, Sony, Walt Disney and many more. Budding actors, photographers, directors, makeup artists etc. dream of making it big in Mumbai and working with and learning from the stalwarts of the industry.

India’s fashion city

With its glitz and glamour, Mumbai paves the way for the latest fashion trends that the entire country follows. Young, emerging fashion designers find in the city avenues to growth, fame, money and reputation.

Below are a few of the reasons that make Mumbai a spectacular city to live in:

1. Unmatched Monsoon


2. You don’t need to spend a bomb to get a bite to eat


3. The smell of sea


4. The night life is unbeatable


5. The Mumbai local trains teach you to be patient and punctual


Pearl Academy at Mumbai

In addition to having a wide range of courses for students, Pearl Academy’s Mumbai campus has much to offer by way of having a reputed, experienced, faculty; international exposure through exchange programmes, summer courses, global faculty exchange; and a world-class campus.

Global Alliances

– Pearl Academy encourages its students and faculty to get global exposure by collaborating with renowned higher education institutions across the world. Our extensive international tie-ups facilitate over 200 students each year to participate in reciprocal exchanges, international conferences, study tours and summer school programmes.

Global Faculty Exchange

– International teachers visit Pearl Academy on a regular basis , bringing with them immense cultural and professional knowledge, for students to learn from. In the past faculty from prominent institutions such as Domus Academy (Italy), Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA) and University of Plymouth (England) have conducted lectures / workshops at Pearl centres in India.

Global Summer Courses

– In collaboration with NABA and Domus Academy, Pearl Academy offers summer courses to its students, where over a period of 2 weeks students and faculty immerse themselves in an enriched design education.

Student Exchange Programmes

– Pearl Academy has collaborated with eminent international institutions for student / faculty exchange, training and consultancy services, international conferences etc. across the globe.

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A career in journalism and media


The pen is mightier than the sword. Or nowadays, pixels too, because you cant ignore the role of digital media in the journalism. Over the last few years, the world has witnessed an explosive growth in communication technology and media. As boundaries have blurred and the entire global community seems to have converged on the Internet, mass communication, media and journalism as streams of study and career become important.

What you need to have a career in these fields

Traditionally, people with above average communication skills and / or a degree in literature were considered to be ideal candidates for journalism and media studies. However, with the advent of technology, skilled professionals are required to work fast and efficiently to convey the message to the intended audience. Blogs and self-qualified ‘experts’ are a dime a dozen nowadays but it only takes someone with professional training to make the grade.

You should be inquisitive, alert, confident and perseverance. You should have a way with words and be able to express your thoughts to a varied audience clearly and concisely.

Job prospects

A professional qualification opens up doors for a career in TV, publishing, PR, journalism, publishing, advertising, films etc.

Pearl Academy launches School of Media and Journalism

In India, there are not enough avenues for a person seeking a professional, educational degree in media or journalism. Identifying this gap, Pearl Academy has launched courses in these fields:

Undergraduate courses:
1. UG Pathway in Journalism and Mass Media
2. UG Pathway in Fashion Media Communication

Postgraduate diploma courses:
1. Journalism and Mass Media
2. Fashion Communication

1 year Certificate courses:
1. Professional Photography
2. Photography

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Top Career trends in India in 2017

2016 was a year to remember for the Indian job market – there were considerable layoffs, IT and ITES – the fastest growing sectors – faced a slowdown, demonetisation affected real estate, ecommerce, weddings, SMEs and other businesses running on cash payments. As per a report in Indian Express, “in 2016, salaries were projected to rise by 10.8 per cent, but in reality rose just by 10 per cent. This was for the second time, since 2015, that the actual increase was lower than the projected. If that pattern continues in 2017, Indian employees could see a single digit salary increase for the first time since 2011.”

Below are the top trends for your career in 2017:

1. Evolving Startup Jobs – The massive hiring by deep-pocketed, multi-billion dollar valued ecommerce startups has stalled. As ecommerce companies take a step back and prioritise consolidation and profitability, expect them to trim jobs.

2. Automation will change every job – Though large-scale loss in jobs due to automation is unlikely, it is safe to say that most jobs will change in some way. According to Glassdoor, the jobs that will be most affected by automation are routine jobs that need to be done the same way and that don’t require much flexibility or much creative judgment.

3. How do you ‘fit in’ – Gone are the days when companies could lure you in with just a fat pay package and perks. Employers realise that if you are not happy or engaged with the work, it does not bode well for them. Hence, they are actively looking to employ people that fit in culturally, which will enable you to be happier and more productive.

4. Realising the limits of the ‘gig’ economy – Though platforms like Uber, Ola, Airbnb, UrbanClap are highly visible, we have to understand that they form only a small part of the economy. Using ‘gig’ or contract workers has its advantages versus traditional employment but now, the fastest growing jobs are where human creativity, flexibility and judgment are required.

The job market is transforming rapidly, becoming more flexible, transparent and focused on skills than ever before. While such a scenario sparks apprehension amongst job seekers, it also presents tremendous opportunities.

Courses at Pearl Academy

Pearl Academy offers a plethora of creative courses across fashion, graphic design, journalism and related fields. The admissions for 2017 are now open, and the last date of submitting your application is 17th April 2017. 200 students across India stand to win a scholarship.
The various scholarships are listed below:

For new students:

1. MERIT SCHOLARSHIP (for top performers in the entrance test and interview) – There will be 200 such scholarships available to students enrolling for UG Pathway courses and students can get up to 50% waiver on their tuition fee for the 1st year. Deserving students can continue to get the scholarship under Merit Scholarship (Existing Students) scheme.

2. MERIT-CUM-MEANS SCHOLARSHIP – This provides a partial waiver of tuition fee to a maximum of 10% of new entrants.

For existing students:

1. MERIT SCHOLARSHIP (COURSE TOPPERS) – This will be awarded annually to students who have topped (1st rank) their respective cohorts.

2. INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP – Sponsored by reputed companies, this is for deserving students enrolled in regular UG/PG/MA Programs, who lack adequate financial means but have demonstrated a strong academic performance.

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Students behind the hippest contemporary music festival of India

Event Management was an inquisitive passion for me up till now. I was always mesmerized by the influence of an event. People, activities, glitter, and all the chatter about it before and after has always attracted me to events. Not knowing much about how to get into events, I joined Pearl Academy’s diploma course.

Today we are already 6 months into the course, and we have been attending classes on event management and have volunteered at various India Today events. Till now, with due guidance from faculties and industry interactions, I had now learnt much more about events than before.

In mid-year this course reaches to an industry collaboration project, the Magnetic Fields Festival, where student’s learning is put to test. I was restless and at the same time equally excited about this six day project. I bet every student in class felt this curiosity mixed with a hint of anxiety, towards this project. After all, our faculty had put in a lot of hard work in us to prepare us all for this project. So far we had only volunteered at walk-in events of India Today and a wedding in Udaipur. This was surely going to be a one of its kind experience. To know about what goes in making an event count not only at country level but at globular level. Let’s not forget that this festival is among the 50 best music festivals in the world today.

Finally the day came and as soon as we arrived in the village of Alsisar, there was a different vibe. Simplicity of the village and glory of the palace was all beginning to cast a spell on me. Over the next days, the festival added on to the vibe I was drenched in. This music festival served contemporary music from 3 beautiful and unique stages, secret parties, over 50 artists, massive guest turnout. On an open piece of land adjacent to the palace over 600 beautiful tents were laid out. The size of the festival was unseen to anyone of us and its vibe was undying throughout all days.

In the backdrop of this beautiful festival, it was us students who were assigned some important duties. We all were mostly stationed at the tent reception. We all had to assign those 600+ tents to 2000+ guests in almost one and a half day. We had no sense of time while we registered this massive intake of guests on Friday which was the beginning day of this three day festival. Neither it seemed easy nor was it. We had to stand at the desk in extreme temperatures, with no time for food intake, no chairs and an unending smile. We took turns for lunch break almost at dusk and same was the case with dinner break. Festival organizers were very supportive and caring however it was action time and nobody could have softened this task for us. We were stationed in shifts till Sunday early morning for guests who were travelling from the metros of India after their Friday/Saturday work and engagements.


My curious passion of event management was quite handy in staying up for the required task. While the event was in full swing and guests were having a good time we had to remain stationed at the registration desks for ensuring smooth late check-ins, grievance handling, and crisis management. I recall this one incidence on the second day of the festival when my senior gave me a list of vacant tents and a list of yet-to-arrive guests. With those lists in my possession, I was expected to take the charge of remaining registrations. From that period onwards there were few cases of tent assigning where freshly assigned tents had already been assigned to someone. In this moment of crisis, a flash of my classroom lesson occurred to me and as taught, I immediately took organizers in notice of the unclear allotments of tents. This crisis floated for quite a while however didn’t cause any big chaos as right people were informed in due time. I had to go through huge pile of excel sheets to understand that the list of available tents was not the right list and I created a new list.

Crisis shouldn’t happen but they happen for a reason, it exposes your weaknesses and eventually improves us. In our class we are taught to remain calm and rational in the moment of crisis however only now I know that it’s a difficult task to remain composed and have that solution seeking attitude. I discovered something new in me here. My confidence grew when my seniors appreciated me for my smart work. They were impressed with my performance and they even invited me to join them for a quick party break.

We worked at various posts during these three days of festival. We did quick tasks like sticking Diesel stickers on kites to vital tasks like Registrations (both at Palace & Tents). We also helped a creative installation artist Shilo Shiva Suleman for her beautiful Lotus installation that was worth 12 lakhs. We handled cash, lockers, first-aids, facilities and pretty much everything except for stage functionality and artist movement.

I learnt that this continuous process of meeting with challenges, finding solutions and getting valued on big projects, is a kind of high that I enjoy. ‘Give your heart out to whatever you do’, is my new found dictum.


My initial curious passion had now turned into a absolute passion. I was initially attracted to the facade of events but now I know what goes on behind to create that beautiful facade. For these three days of great time, the core team of Magnetic Fields have been preparing for months. The sudden need of manpower and the management of it is a frightening task. That’s not all; small things that go unnoticed are even tougher and have the potential to go out of hand. You have to create something this big, ensure it works fine and make it all enjoyable to everyone who comes.

It may seem from the outside that event managers have fun and it’s an easy job to volunteer at such festivals however it is not. Unless you have the passion and right skills, you would explode like a grenade in split seconds from the kind of pressure you operate in at events like these. Few people in the core team fell ill due continuous running around and lack of rest. Some of the students had developed sore legs from standing and walking. Being a student, I don’t think in any other industry projects, one gets challenged both mentally and physically at this level, in just 6 days.

For this important realization, I can’t thank my parents enough for continuously boosting my morale, my college and my faculties who shaped me for this day and moment. I now have a clearer vision and sharper skills. I am certain that with this new found strength I am ready to start my career.

Today I can advocate this saying. ‘Events connect people, breeds innovation and spark change.’

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Bringing more colors in the life of Underprivileged girls

Our students from different courses under School of Creative Business came together to formulate concepts and then paint the same on the walls of schools under the Laadli Foundation Trust. With inspirational images to emancipate the minds of the young girls studying in these schools, the activity received phenomenal response from all stakeholders. The Foundation noticed a rapid upswing in attendance of these female students as the happy walls brought a sense of inclusivity for them. We are proud of our students for colouring people’s lives in some capacity.

Catch the glimpses of the amazing work done by the students of Fashion Business – Marketing & Merchandising, MA Fashion Marketing and Fashion Marketing & Retail Management below:











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