Pearl Academy has concluded the final year juries and assessments for the graduating batch of 2020 and end-of-year assessment for other students enrolled in various programs. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, the portfolio presentations, jury, and other assessment exams were conducted online this year with complete success. It is a milestone achievement as according to various reports, a large number of other educational institutions struggle to continue with the academic cycle due to COVID-19.
1270 final year students and 2028 non-final year students appeared for their online assessments. More than 150 virtual juries assessed students’ portfolios and projects. The list of these external jury members includes Meher Castelino, pioneer of fashion journalism in India; Rahul Vijay, Senior Fashion Stylist at GQ; Neeti Singh, Design Head, Genesis Colors, Farhana Farook, Managing Editor, Filmfare magazine; brand consultant Shubho Sengupta and Alpana Khare, design consultant with Delhi Urban Arts Commission.
In addition to this, 26 external examiners from around the world were engaged to validate the quality standards and the scores, and share their feedback with the students. The institute has also tied up with ARTSTHREAD, an international platform for designers, where the portfolio of the graduating students will be on display.
“In the current circumstances, this is a big achievement for the students and the academic team. We did not want COVID-19 to jeopardize the education of our students and worked on a two-pronged strategy to mitigate its impact. We shifted to online teaching and learning since the beginning of the lockdown and simultaneously started preparing to conduct theoretical and practical examinations as per the schedule but in virtual mode”, said Professor Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy.
The virtual campus
Ever since the lockdown 3300 students of the academy are undertaking 1600 online classes every week with 340 faculty members in design, fashion, contemporary media, and new-age business.
Masterclasses for the students have been organized with experts from renowned international universities such as the Royal College of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Solent Southampton University.
Exclusive industry sessions have been conducted for Pearl Academy students with Snapchat India, WACOM, Association of Designers of India (ADI), Fashion Revolution and Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA); Amazon India, Lifestyle and many more.
“I am happy with the way my professors at Pearl Academy have mentored and engaged with me during this lockdown period. The virtual classes and assignments have kept me, my classmates occupied, and we have utilized this time to enhance our knowledge by pursuing additional online courses on Coursera, facilitated by my institute”, said Kunwar Thapar, a student of Fashion Communication, School of Contemporary Media, Pearl Academy.
Tech-enabled education has always been a priority at Pearl Academy and it invested in the right learning management systems, digitalization of the curriculum, and training of faculty members in virtual teaching five years ago. “We never imagined a scenario like COVID-19 but knew that technology will play an integral role in providing enhanced and immersive learning experiences to the millennials. The agility and adaptability of the students have been commendable,” added Nandita.