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Enhancing Employability of Young India. Since 1998

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Unemployment has always been a thorn in the flesh for India. Recent trends are proving worrisome, especially for young aspirants prepping for a career in the real world. Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) data showed that the unemployment rate rose sharply to touch a 28-month high of 8.4% in the third week of April 2019. Since India’s Independence in 1947, unemployment has been hovering in the range of 5.74% (Average of 71 years). While the lowest unemployment rate was 2.9% (in the year 1953), the highest unemployment rate of 9.7% was registered in the year 1982.

The current rise in unemployment presents a disturbing picture highlighted by shrinking jobs and expanding pay crisis. While this trend can be attributed to several factors including slower job creation w.r.t the number of fresh graduates joining the workforce every month, one of the key reasons is sub-standard education for students which fails to provide them suitable jobs. As a result, many settle for low-salary, non-core jobs to earn a living and are thus not gainfully employed, while others remain unemployed for long periods, up to two years in many cases.

This begs the question: What’s the point in churning our degree-holders who lack employability skills and are unfit to be a productive part of the workforce? And spare a thought for the millions of career-aspirants who invest precious resources with the dream of gainful employment.

The book ‘JOBONOMICS’* by Goutam Das presents an in-depth analysis of India’s employment crisis. With hard-hitting facts and real stories, the book highlights the magnitude of the problem and the immediate focus needed on skills-oriented education stating that “India has a culture of knowledge, not one of skilling.”

This culture has been impacting sectors across India for many years now. In fact, this piece is a continuation of our previous blog which touched upon the job crisis, pointing to the fact that unemployment is more prevalent in mainstream career pathways such as Engineering and Management which were until now highly sought-after and appealing.

Lately, Engineering has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. India produces 1.5 million engineers every year but barely 7% are employable according to an India Today Web Desk Report. In fact, a McKinsey report red-flagged the issue a decade ago revealing that only a quarter of India’s engineers were actually employable. This trend is influenced largely by the outdated and sub-standard education (inadequate, irrelevant and inferior) paradigms not just in engineering but management, science and arts too. Virtually every discipline is riddled with the same issue: sub-standard education leading to low employability of graduates.

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How can India tackle this problem of low-quality education? Leading the way for academies/colleges across disciplines/sectors in India is Dilsukhnagar Arena, a revolutionary multimedia institute focused on experiential and innovative education. For over 21 years now, Dilsukhnagar Arena has been singularly committed to Enhancing EmployabilityTM. The famed institution widely acknowledged as the Largest and Best Digital Media Academy in India has successfully skilled over 26,000 students and enabled fruitful placements for them at top companies.

Here’s how Dilsukhnagar Arena got it right…….right from the beginning!

Driving Knowledge: To ensure that education evolves at the same pace as industry, Dilsukhnagar Arena works closely with top recruiters to update its multimedia courses according to current talent needs. This helps equip students with advanced knowledge to stay at the cutting-edge of the discipline and to be recognized as well-informed and industry-relevant talent.

Building Communication: Despite a sterling academic performance, candidates with poor English language skills can lose out on jobs as, English – the common language of the corporate world, is a vital employability skill. Dilsukhnagar Arena affords students a strong grounding in English to enhance their employability and to equip them with this vital advantage so they can stay confident during the interview and at the workplace.

Improving Competence: In most cases, education is not industry-aligned and fails to prepare students for employment. The resulting skill gap ensures that students are not readily employable. Dilsukhnagar Arena thrives on experiential training to close the skill gap through a variety of hands-on training programs: the reason for the high employability quotient of Dilsukhnagar Arena students and the academy’s popularity as the first port-of-call for leading recruiters across industries.

That’s not all, Dilsukhnagar Arena’s prolific mentoring, learning resources, and value-additions, all add to the superior training programs which are designed with the singular goal of Enhancing EmployabilityTM. Acknowledged for its benchmark training, Creative Multimedia, Dilsukhnagar Arena’s parent organization has been bestowed with the Best Digital Media Academy in India Award (thrice) and the Award for Academic Excellence (twice) by many reputed organizations.

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Having facilitated employment for over 26,000 young Indians till date, Dilsukhnagar Arena Institute, with a rich legacy spanning 21 years, has contributed its bit to nation building ever since its inception way back in 1998 and is a veritable role model not just for Digital Media but for other disciplines across the board including Engineering, Management and Science in India.

Education must be a productive instruction and training procedure designed not just to impart knowledge but also help develop skills, especially for young people in colleges who are the immediate future of the nation. Irrespective of the discipline and the academy, the need of the hour is to scrap/refresh outdated curricula to meet the current industry requirements, ensure improved and adequate training infrastructure, and introduce experiential programs designed in collaboration with industry experts so that students acquire relevant, job-ready skills. This will help enhance the quality of education and improve student’s employability.

The goal should be to empower students with high employability skills and put them on the path to productive employment with better jobs and more rewarding work: the key to the improved socio-economic progress of India.

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*More on this in our next blog (other factors such as technology which are poised to impact employment in a big way in the near future).

 

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Digital Media Mania!

Growing preference for Digital Media & Entertainment careers over hitherto glamorous pathways such as Engineering and Management.

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Mayank was possibly in the happiest phase of his life. All of 22, the relief from chucking studies for good was visible on his face. Fresh as a dewdrop, the newly minted graduate was upbeat about his career and raring to step into the real world. A lucrative job, the satisfaction of standing on his own two feet and the pride in his parent’s eyes; his dream future was just before him. Sadly, life didn’t play along and the dream went bust. Mayank, an aspiring Engineer from a reputed college now finds himself jobless, even a full year after graduation.

His father, an employee with a Hyderabad-based PSU is a worried man. Mayank, from Dilsukhnagar Hyderabad, completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and was keen on building a career in the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately, he was unable to get a job through his skills are highly relevant in industries such as Aerospace, Automobiles, Defense, Electronics, Infrastructure, Marine, Metals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Energy.

Mayank’s case is not an isolated one. This is the plight of lakhs of engineering graduates in India who find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. The employability rate of fresh graduates is declining steeply. Studies indicate that nearly 40 percent of the 15 lakh engineers India produces every year are not readily employable. Another study by ASSOCHAM reveals that only 7 percent of MBA graduates are employable. With the exception of government-run IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and a few others, a majority of the 5,000+ business schools in India are producing ill-equipped graduates who are unable to find gainful employment.

While there are several reasons for this sad state of affairs including the obsolete curriculum, and poor training, one of the key factors is the mushrooming of engineering and management institutes and the widening demand-supply gap with more graduates chasing fewer jobs.

While students across career streams, and the industry, in general, are grappling with this crisis, nowhere is it more concentrated than in hitherto mainstream career pathways such as Engineering and Management. As a result, students are increasingly scouting for superior alternatives. In the recent past, the academic sector has been witnessing a major shift to digital media and other new-generation career pathways which are proving to be more rewarding, secure and growth-friendly.

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The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector is going great guns, growing at 13.4% year-on-year (YOY) to touch INR 1.67 trillion in 2018. It is expected to cross INR 2.35 trillion ($33.6 billion) by 2021, at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.6%, according to a FICCI and EY report. The movie industry, of course, is a major contributor to growth. Just one look at the index of films in leading film database websites will give you an idea of the huge business generated annually. The M&E sector is entering a phase of accelerated growth, powered by many factors including new video streaming platforms, the spread of regional content, growth of smartphones and penetration of affordable broadband. Truly, these are exciting times and a harbinger of the huge growth ahead for the M&E industry.

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This huge growth is likely to translate into a plethora of jobs and boost opportunities for students learning Animation, VFX, Gaming, Graphic Design, Web designer courses and UI/UX Design courses. In fact, the media and entertainment sector’s growth is directly proportional to the population growth, as virtually every individual consumes entertainment in some form or the other. In this context, it’s safe to say that a career in M&E offers a secure and stable future with strong potential for career growth.

Today, jobs in media and entertainment are becoming more and more attractive. In fact, exciting and rewarding job opportunities exist not just in M&E sector companies but across other businesses including Animation & VFX Studios, Gaming Studios, Film Production Houses, Television Channels, Content Production Companies, Advertising & PR Agencies, Digital Marketing Firms, IT & ITeS Enterprises, Infrastructure & Real Estate Companies, Education & Training Companies, Pharma Research Firms, Industrial Design Agencies and e-Commerce & e-Education companies to name a few.

While an Animation/VFX/Gaming fresher commands INR 25,000 – 30,000 per month as starting salary, Graphic and Web Design freshers command INR 20,000 – 25,000 per month in the job market depending on various factors including the recruiter, the job role and the candidate’s caliber. Importantly, as this is a highly creative field, the growth potential is unlimited. Exceptionally talented candidates with 5+ years of high-quality experience are well-positioned to attract six figures salaries and more.

Some of the big recruiters of digital media talent across industries include Walt Disney Studios, Amazon, Deloitte, HCL, Infosys, Microsoft, MPC, Technicolor, TCS, Prime Focus, Deluxe Digital, Cyient, Prana Studios, Makuta, Green Gold Animation, Reliance Digital, DQ Entertainment, Orient Blackswan, Thomson Reuters, Tech Mahindra and EA to name a few. All these companies are many sought-after companies offering rewarding jobs with tremendous scope for career growth.

The shift, or perhaps more appropriately, ‘Exodus’ from conventional career streams to Digital Media & Entertainment is visible and is gaining traction even as technology and trends unshackle growth.

P.S.: Watch out for our next blog “Enhancing Employability of Young India. Since 1998”, a narrative on how India’s best digital media academy has been playing the training game smartly to help its students avoid the “unemployability issues” plaguing fresh graduates of engineering and other mainstream disciplines in India.

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Intensive Character Design Workshop for Animation, VFX & Gaming career aspirants…

…part of the many on-going value-additions for B.A. Visual Arts Degree students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts.

 

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Thursday, the 2nd of May, 2019 proved to be an inspiring and fruitful day for students pursuing their 1st-year B.A. Visual Art (Animation & VFX) and B.A. Visual Arts (Applied Art) programs at CMCFA, one of India’s finest destinations for Creative Arts education. CMCFA organized a day-long, participative character design workshop.

The workshop was conducted by Aditya N Chari, a fine arts graduate and gifted artist with over 18 years of experience in character design, caricatures, comic illustrations, and paintings. He worked as a Concept Lead, Character Designer, Graphic Designer, Visualizer, Animator, and BG/Layout/Pre-Production Artist. He also freelanced for many reputed companies. His professional associations include Prana Studios, Virgin Comics, Reliance Infocomm, Grey Worldwide, Leo Burnett, Lintas, McKann Ericsson, Ogilvy & Mather, Aurobindo Society, Forbes, Hungama.com, ISCKON, and MTV, to name a few.

 

He is the best-selling author+Illustrator of three books on figure drawing. As a character sketch/concept artist, he worked for many films including Bahubali (Bhallala Deva character) and frequently holds portrait demonstrations, one-man shows (exhibitions) and group shows. As a mentor, he earlier taught figure drawing and character design at Animation Art School-Goa and is currently teaching design fundamentals at Gurukul School of Design apart from delivering guest lectures frequently.

Bringing his vast experience to the workshop, Mr. Aditya took students on a steep learning curve, covering different facets of the craft, while offering the techniques and tips vital to creating professional character design. Commencing at eight in the morning, the workshop was split into three sessions and wrapped up at four in the evening. Students had many takeaways from the workshop: step by step, hands-on methods to draw; using a reference to improve drawing skills, developing character from rough sketches to developed concepts, line & stroke techniques, building versatility and key skills needed to create a fully illustrated character.

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The workshop was dedicated to Satyajit Ray – one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, on the occasion of his 98th birth anniversary.

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The workshop was organized by CMCFA as part of its multiple initiatives aimed at helping students acquire vital job-skills. This focus on producing highly-trained, job-ready artists is one of the many defining features of CMCFA’s training and its spectacular placements result in every year. Leading recruiters in the animation, gaming and VFX sectors prefer CMCFA students and frequently conduct campus drives at the college due to the high concentration of highly trained creative talent. The biggest advantage that students of CMCFA have over their peers at other colleges is placement excellence.

Creative Multimedia College is one of India’s leading fine arts colleges offering the in-demand 3-year B.A. Visual Arts (Animation & VFX) and B.A. (Applied Art) Degree programs in association with the famed Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) – Hyderabad. These are industry-focused, up-to-date career programs acknowledged by the industry. Upon successful completion, students receive a prestigious degree from JNAFAU: a veritable passport to the job market with transferable skills, global employability, rewarding jobs, and good career growth opportunities.

Ever since inception, CMCFA has been committed to “Enhancing Employability” of its students and helping them gain the competitive edge in the job market. The college has shaped scores of winning careers and is considered a springboard to career success for students aspiring for a bright future in the global digital media and entertainment industry, especially the Animation, VFX, and Gaming verticals.

 

 

 

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Creative Multimedia.

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We are Creative Multimedia Group, a revolutionary digital media education powerhouse with two decades of rich experience in Animation, VFX, Graphic Design and Web Design training, imparted through our institutions – ‘Dilsukhnagar Arena Animation’ and ‘Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts’. With first-class training and top-class placements, we are widely acknowledged as the Best Digital Media Academy in India by career aspirants and recruiters alike.

We are as old as India’s multimedia industry. We established our training centre way back in the year 1998 with only a couple of students. In a short span of time, we’ve emerged as India’s largest and best digital media academy with a string of unrivalled academic achievements and placement records.

We’ve revolutionized digital media education in India with the singular focus on “Enhancing Employability”. Our inspiring campus offers a supportive learning environment with production-grade infrastructure and extensive learning resources apart from exclusive and full-fledged interview facilities for campus recruitment. With first-class training and top-class placements, we are the preferred destination in India for students seeking to build careers in Animation, VFX, Graphic Design and Web Design.

On the sheer strength of our mentoring prowess and the passion with which we own our student’s dreams, leading companies across India prefer our students and travel all the way to our global-standard campus at Dilsukhnagar-Hyderabad to conduct recruitment drives. Placements are our biggest strength. Our placement cell builds and nurtures lasting relationships with leading recruiters in the country on a continuous basis, thus affording excellent campus interview opportunities for our dear students.

In the last two decades, we have shaped the careers of 26,000+ students and afforded rewarding placements for them at leading MNCs, animation and VFX studios, web design companies, digital marketing firms and advertising agencies. Our alumni can be found at top organizations such as MPC, Technicolor, Digital Domain, Prime Focus, EA, Tata Elxsi Limited, Green Gold Animation, DQ Entertainment, Firefly, Makuta, Thomson Reuters, Infosys, Microsoft, HCL, Cognizant, Amazon, Deloitte, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Cyient and all leading TV Channels and Film studios. Many of our alumni are part of Oscar award-winning teams.

For more details visit our site: https://www.bestmultimedia.com/

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Awe-inspiring Art Show by new batch Visual art students of Creative Multimedia College – Hyderabad

 

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India’s leading Digital Media career catalyst, Creative Multimedia Group, acclaimed for its job-oriented Animation, VFX, Web and Graphic Design training, conducted the 2019 edition of its immensely popular annual art show at Ravindra Bharati-Hyderabad on January 21, 2019.

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New batch Animation students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts (CMCFA) – Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad conducted the art show titled ‘THE WALT DISNEY RETROSPECTIVE’ as a befitting tribute to, and in fond remembrance of Walt Disney – the legendary entrepreneur and pioneer of Animation on the occasion of his 117th birth anniversary. Mr. Alan Phillips, President of VanArts – Vancouver, Canada graced the event as the Chief Guest and had many words of praise for CMCFA students.

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The art show featuring 114 true-to-life illustrations showcased the artistic depth and creativity of students who created stunning artworks by experimenting with a range of interesting mediums including coffee on paper, graphite dust on ivory sheet, nails and wool on wood, pencil on corrugated board, etching on mirror, colour engraving on foil, plaster of Paris on cardboard, mixed media on glass and paper and glitter on paper and paper collage.

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Students also used mixed media and such conventional mediums as soft pastel on paper, poster colour on paper, watercolour on paper, colour pencil on ivory sheet, charcoal pencil on paper, oil on canvas, acrylic on paper, crayons on mount board, and sketch pen on paper to craft true-to-life illustrations and artworks of Walt Disney.

Addressing the press on the occasion, the Chief Guest Mr. Alan said: “It’s inspiring to see students come up with such brilliant works of art by exploring a variety of creative mediums. This reflects their passion for the craft. It gives me great joy to note that these budding animation artists of Creative Multimedia have captured the essence of Walt Disney through these wonderful exhibits.

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 Disney was a positive person who was optimistic about life and had a can-do attitude, which is why he was such a phenomenal success. He took the studio from cartoons films to TV, cinema and theme parks, creating a gigantic ‘media and entertainment conglomerate’. This was possible because of his positive attitude. Disney Studios had an inspiring work culture characterised by ‘Plussing’, which motivated the team to DO BETTER AND DO MORE. It’s a great message for students to apply ‘Plussing’ to their careers as well. All the students must be very proud of their work and I wish them the best of luck. I’ve seen very few academies like Creative Multimedia which are so passionate about animation training and I thank the CEO, Mr. Rajasekhar Buggaveeti for inviting me to inaugurate this truly exceptional Art Show.”

The Art Show – an annual feature at CMCFA which has been revolutionizing animation study in India with its comprehensive and advanced animation courses, is part of the college’s multiple initiatives aimed at helping students build a strong foundation in drawing.2CMCFA offers the updated BFA (Animation) Degree Program in collaboration with the famed Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad – perhaps the best course in the animation field. Committed to ‘Enhancing Employability’, CMCFA combines the best of training infrastructure, learning resources, curriculum, mentoring, career-centric value-additions and outstanding placement initiatives to open up a world of exciting career opportunities for students at leading companies.

 

 

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Best Film Award for Dilsukhnagar Arena’s ‘Feel the Punch’ at Bit Film-12 Digital Film Festival – Germany

‘Feel the Punch’, an Animation short film crafted by students of Dilsukhnagar Arena was declared winner of the ‘Best Film Award’ in the 3D Space (Animation) Awards Category of the Bit Film-12 Digital Film Festival on 25 November, 2011.

An extremely funny short film, ‘Feel the Punch’ was conceived and animated by students of Dilsukhnagar Arena as part of their industry-oriented Animation training program. The Academy offers revolutionary Animation training and has been setting the standards in Digital Media Education ever since inception in 1998.

Students of the Academy have been dominating the awards circuit and have brought home 37 prestigious awards so far at various national and international film festivals: the latestbeing’FeelthePunch’.

By far the most popular film in its category in India, ‘Feel the Punch’ is a rage on Youtube with its video having registered over 8.5 clicks (8,54,947 as on Nov 26, 2011). No other film in this category has been able to even come close to this extreme adulation on Youtube. What’s more, Dilsukhnagar Arena has won seven coveted awards so far: another impressive and unrivalled achievement. The coveted award at Bit Film-12 Digital Film Festival marks a glorious milestone for the ‘Feel the Punch’ as well as Dilsukhnagar Arena as it happens to be the first international award for the film as well as the Academy.

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Best Film Award for Dilsukhnagar Arena’s ‘Feel the Punch’ at Bit Film-12 Digital Film Festival – Germany

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“Twisted” and “Cecelia-The Balcony Girl” vie for the top honour at ASIFA IAD-2011 “Awards of Excellence”

Dilsukhnagar Arena students once again demonstrated their class at the awards circuit by capturing two nominations in the Student Category of ASIFA’s  IAD-2011 Awards of Excellence for their 3D Animation Short Films ‘Twisted’ and ‘Cecelia – The Balcony Girl’. The winners will be declared at a sparkling function to be held at Mumbai on November 6, 2011.

Out of a total of 12 nominations in the Student Category, Dilsukhnagar Arena captured two nominations, the highest by any Academy at these Awards.

Both films are comic thrillers with distinct themes. The films were crafted by Dilsukhnagar Arena studetns as part of the internship program at DNA Inc. (Dilsukhnagar Arena Incubation), the talent transformation initiative of the Academy which aims to groom studio-ready CG Artists.

‘Twisted’ and ‘Cecelia-The Balcony Girl’ vie for the top honour at ASIFA IAD-2011 ‘Awards of Excellence’

‘Twisted’ and ‘Cecelia-The Balcony Girl’ vie for the top honour at ASIFA IAD-2011 ‘Awards of Excellence’

About the festival

ASIFA’s International Animation Day (IAD) is an annual global celebration aimed at recognizing the people involved in the art and technology of animation.

The festival is celebrated every year with great pomp. Since its start in 2002, IAD has been a film festival that has provided Indian animation artists, a platform to interact and build a community. Being amongst the first animation festivals in India, IAD has been actively supported by the artist’s community and the industry at large.

This year’s celebrations, IAD 11, in India will be celebrated at various locations throughout the country (Mumbai, Indore, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur and Trivandrum) between November 6th and November 13th. Some of the cities will have day long events and in some cities, screening of animation content will take place. Several entertaining and enriching programs/session have been lined up for the celebrations. The festival moves to Hyderabad on November 13, 2011.

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