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Whistling Woods International celebrate Founder’s Day with new students & alumni

Whistling Woods International (WWI) is often applauded across the globe for its broad spectrum of courses, expert faculties, insightful learning techniques and world-class infrastructure. On account of ‘The Founders Day’ celebration this year, WWI organised an eventful day filled with reminiscence and inspiring experiences with the successful alumni of the institute. The celebration welcomed Sakshi Chopra, Nidhi Gala, Pranali Oswal, Shaziya Shaikh, Rahul Belawade, Akshay Ravi, Zenish Mehta, and Meera Latkar from the WWI School of Creative Arts; Sharon Faria, Pooja Phalke, Karn Gupta, Gagandeep Makkad, Keval Oza, Pankaj Redekar and Jay Pikle from WWI School of Media and Communications; Anil Mange Charanjeett, Rajshri Deshpande, Samvedna Suwalka, Aru Verma and Saurabh Goyal - acting alumni from WWI School of Performing Arts; Aditi Anand, Muralikrishna V, Akshay, Valsangkar and Kunal Lolsure from the WWI School of Filmmaking, who interacted and shared their valuable insights on film, communication, and creative arts domains.

The event was distributed into several sessions where alumni from each department addressed the students and shared their journey, during and post graduating from WWI. In these sessions they mainly educated the students about core attributes for success - team-work, building a USP, being an observer and a good listener. Talking about the experience at WWI, Pooja Phalke said “The best part of WWI is that it lets you make a choice. You don’t have to decide in 2 years what you want to do in life. The learning and realisation process is continuous.”

Apart from providing world-class facilities, WWI is acknowledged for accommodating students from various states, countries and cultures. Considering this aspect, filmmaking alumni Aru Verma and Anil Mange Charanjeett advised the students to build connections amongst each other across several departments. Discussing the practical aspect of filmmaking and journey after education, Aditi Anand said, “After graduation, your life revolves around the client’s budgets and clients expectations.” In addition to this, Pranali Oswal shared her journey from being a fashion student at WWI to successfully launching her design label. She educated the students about how research is a key factor to stay updated and meet client expectations.

The later part of the event witnessed an interactive session with Subhash Ghai where the alumni shared inputs on how WWI could incorporate certain changes to the curriculum in order to meet the industry expectations better and bridge the existing gap. Some of the inputs suggested included - the addition of Business and Human Connection modules, extending the period for student internships and providing students with more masterclasses. At the end of the session, Subhash Ghai addressed each feedback suggested by the alumni and discussed its prospects. As a departing thought on this Founder’s Day, he said, “The key is to understand beyond the obvious. Always be a student and master the art of human communication. Always love people and be liked by all.”

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