Animation Xpress Felicitates HID Founder, Arena Geeta bhawan Business Partner & Asifa India Director Sanjay Khimesara during Eduspark’22

Animation Xpress’ first edition of EduSpark Summit and Awards 2022 took place on-ground on 14 May 2022 at The Lalit, Mumbai. The event witnessed a turnout of more than 650 plus people which included speakers, delegates, and students. EduSpark Summit turned out to be an insightful and knowledgeable affair. There were several sessions lined up, right from meet the makers to fireside chats and panel discussions.

The last session of the day was a panel discussion on ‘Reshaping India’s University Education’. Panellists for the same were MESC CEO Mohit Soni, Ajeenkya DY Patil University – School of Film & Media head of school & professor Dr Manju Rughwani, Arena Animation business partner, Asifa India core committee member & Horizon Institute of Design founder Sanjay Khimesara, Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University – school of design assistant professor Dr (H.C.) Ankit Jain, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment managing director & Ramesh Sippy Entertainment Pvt Ltd director Kiran Sippy, L.S. Raheja School of Art principal Radha Ambekar, RD & SH National College head of department of computer science & vice principal Vipul Saluja, and DNEG India head of VFX Jigesh Gajjar. The panel discussion was moderated by Punnaryug Artvision founder & FICCI AVGC forum chairman Ashish Kulkarni. The panellists discussed in length about the new education policy of the Indian government and its benefits to the AVGC sector and students. They also shared the steps taken by their institutions and the kind of courses they offer to students. Jain said, “Once they (students) grow, we do teach them managerial skills as well, as students need to learn every aspect.” Saluja shared, “We being a college and university have lots of courses, but regulations come in from UGC.” He revealed that once in their college ‘no games were allowed’ and now they test games! Ambekar said, “We are running a course which focuses more on graphic designing and advertising and have basic courses of art education. Basics are necessary, after learning basics, students can gradually move towards high-end technology.” The need for students being exposed to studio life was highlighted by Sippy. She said, “Internships are important because that makes students industry ready.” Khimesara mentioned what needs to be taught to kids in school. He said, “Instead of teaching animation at school level, we should teach the foundation.” A question about the job selection process was put forward to which Jain replied, “If you have a riveting portfolio, the doors are open for you.” In the end, Kulkarni gave the remarks that “formal & informal education are equally gearing up.” 

Arena Geeta Bhawan Head Sanjay Khimesara with Expert Vaibhav More

Panel discussions on 13.5.22 with Ashish Kulkarni & Speakers from MIT,Ramesh Sippy Film Institute, MESC, DY Patil Uni.,Dneg, Raheja etc
Anil Wanvanri, CEO Animation Express felicitated Arena Geeta Bhawan Founder Sanjay Khimesara for Contribution to National AVGC Education
Sanjay Khimesara speaking during a panel discussion in Mumbai at Eduspark Summit
Sanjay Khimesara Received Certificate of Appreciation from Anil Wanvari, Animation Xpress
650+ Students and experts attended Eduspark 2022
Letter for Award from Animation Xpress at Eduspark
Arena Geeta Bhawan CEO Sanjay Khimesara intereacting during Panel Discussion on University Education

Date 13.05.2022, Time-4:00 – 5:00 pm
Topic: Panel discussion: Reshaping India’s University education
The session brought the top universities which have animation, gaming and other creative fields-related courses under one roof. They will discussed their courses, what is new and what more can be done to make the students industry-ready.

Sanjay Khimesara, Business Partner – Arena Animation, Geeta Bhawan, Indore; Core Committee Member – Asifa India; Founder – Horizon Institute of Design
Dr. (h.c) Ankit Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Design, Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University
Kiran Sippy, Managing Director, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment & Director, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Radha Ambekar, Principal, L.S.Raheja School of Art, Worli
Mohit Soni, CEO, MESC
Dr Manju Rughwani, Head of the School & Professor, Ajeenkya DY Patil University-School of Film & Media
Vipul Saluja, Vice Principal & Head, Department of Computer Science, RD & SH National College of Engineering
Jigesh Gajjer, Head of VFX, DNEG India
Ashish Kulkarni,, Founder – Punnaryug Artvision & Chairman of AVGC Forum – FICCI
Arena Geeta Bhawan CEO Sanjay Khimesara intereacting during Virtual Panel Discussion on

Date 05.05.2022, Time 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Topic- Re-writing curriculum for new-age learning
The session shared the insights on how new institutes are setting up with the rising demand of AVGC content as well as how it has opened opportunities for students to pursue as a career option. Apart from that the session will highlight challenges, student rush and the funding part of the institutes.
Speakers: Jitender Arora , Dean – Atlas School of Film and Animation, Atlas SkillTech University
Prof Sekhar Mukherjee, Director, NID Andhra Pradesh
Diwakar Shukla , Dean of Journalism and creative studies, Jagran Lakecity University
Siddharth Jabade , Vice-Chancellor, Vishwakarma University
Bejoy Arputharaj , Founder / CEO / Vfx Supervisor, phantomFX
Partner – Arena Animation, Geeta Bhawan, Indore
Director & Core Committee Member – Asifa India
Founder – Horizon Institute of Design


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