Pearl Academy, India’s premier institute for design, fashion and related business courses, with its strong commitment to excellence, innovation and employability, now has a center in one of India’s most creative cities — Mumbai. At a recent press conference hosted at Bunglow 9, Mr. Sharad Mehra, chief executive officer of Pearl Academy, along with Sussanne Roshan, interior designer and founder of ‘The Charcoal Project’, announced the launch of new campus which will offer six undergraduate and six graduate programs. The centrally located campus will boast unique architecture and well-designed spaces for creative learning. Classes will begin in August 2014.
Speaking about the launch of new campus, Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “We are very excited to introduce our institute to a city which is home to some of the most creative minds in the country. We have set-up high benchmarks in the quality of education, employability, international exposure and have presented numerous successful alumni to the creative industries in the last 20 years. Pearl Academy is committed to replicate the same in Mumbai. We are also eager to ignite creativity among students through our association with Sussanne Roshan. We do believe that together we would be able to promote creativity and design for students across the country.”
New scholarship program
Additionally, in an endeavor to explore fresh talent and hone creativity, the institute has collaborated with ‘The Charcoal Project’ to award scholarships to talented students looking for an opportunity in creative careers. ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ will provide an opportunity to three deserving students who wish to study design at Pearl Academy. These students will receive a scholarship with all-paid tuition fees for their academic years at Pearl. These scholarships would be offered one each in Pearl’s campuses at Mumbai, Noida and Jaipur. Also, three runner-ups will receive a fully paid trip to ‘Artfest’ at Santa Fe College of Art & Design in Santa Fe, USA — a three-week festival where artists, designers and students from more than 40 countries participate.
Students wanting to apply for the scholarships need to send in a portfolio along with a write-up/presentation/short video/art work/installation etc. on the chosen theme. A jury consisting of Sussanne Roshan and experts from Pearl Academy will review the entries and meet the shortlisted candidates for final selection. The finalized winners will be awarded ‘The Charcoal Project National Scholarship’ at Pearl Academy.
Talking about the association with Pearl Academy, Sussanne Roshan said, “It is really exciting for Mumbai that Pearl Academy is coming to the city. With its rich heritage of over two decades and excellent academic standards in the fields of design, fashion, business and retail industry, the Academy will fulfill the demands of creative industries. I strongly believe that our partnership will help us encourage design as a whole across the country. It’s a thrilling opportunity being offered to the young students by Pearl Academy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”