Apeejay Institute of Design students showcased excellent works
It is not often that we come across places where second or third division students are welcomed. Apeejay Institute of Design (AID) annual showcase the other day provided a rare instance where skill and enterprise were put ahead of percentage scored in examinations. In a colourful show the graduating students presented hundreds of designs, ranging from apparels to beds, sofas and the interiors of a coffee shop and a hospital.
For instance, there was a bridal lehenga which was designed using traditional motifs by Smriti Chaturvedi who took about a week to make it. A sari with lesser embroidery work took the designers only four days to complete. On display were miniature bed, sofas and centre tables designed by the students and big size replicas of the same by professional carpenters.
That many of these students were not necessarily top rankers in their school days added a tinge of pride in them. Disclosed Reetu Betala, Director of the institute, “When I recruit students I don't look at their percentage of marks. What is important is the aptitude, anybody who clears the aptitude test gets admitted to the institute.” ,
Sushma Berlia, Vice President, Apeejay Education Society pointed out, “A show like this not only helps the students start a career but also helps preserve many fading arts. For instance we helped the zardozi workers come to the front by getting rid of the middle men.”
The show provided a platform both for the students and industry to interact and exchange ideas.S.M.AAMIR