India’s largest and prestigious University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Animation education leader, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) announced an exclusive partnership to offer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in 3D Animation and Visual Effects as an IGNOU offering.
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Mumbai, April 3, 2009: In an unique initiative, India’s largest and prestigious University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Animation education leader, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) announced an exclusive partnership to offer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in 3D Animation and Visual Effects as an IGNOU offering.
As part of the tie-up, MAAC and IGNOU will jointly offer a flagship B.A Degree in 3D Animation and Visual Effects (36 months), a Diploma in Computer Generated Imagery (18 months) and a Certificate in Film Making (6 months). The curriculum is stewarded by a Joint Coordination Committee of IGNOU and MAAC. In addition to detailed technical and creative skills, the curriculum will impart soft skills, business and production management training, and an orientation to student on an actual project of creation of content.
Hon. Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, commented “IGNOU is pleased to enter into this collaboration with MAAC to offer animation education. MAACs strong curriculum, dedicated faculty and high-end infrastructure in their widespread centers make them the ideal partner for IGNOU in this endeavor of providing high quality education to the lengths and breadths of India in the rapidly growing animation industry which has the potential of providing large employment opportunities to Indian youth. ”
The degree, diploma and certificate courses will be delivered from MAAC’s education centers nationwide and internationally using its state-of-the-art infrastructure. IGNOU will implement norms for examinations, assessments and university standards. The courses will also offer lateral entry to MAAC alumni to upgrade themselves based on various criteria.
Ronald D’mello, MD and CEO of MEL, added, “Animation is a serious career requiring specialized skills and in-depth learning. MAAC emphasizes on creatively oriented education with equal opportunity of access and high quality of delivery all over India. It is a natural fit with IGNOU’s own objectives, and we can now provide an even wider platform for formal education in animation and VFX from the largest Central University.”
Senior officials of both IGNOU and Maya Entertainment Ltd. (MEL), the parent company of MAAC, formalized the partnership at a ceremony on March 30th in IGNOU headquarters in New Delhi. Amongst the dignitaries present were Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Hon. Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, Mr. Ronald D’mello, MD & CEO of MEL, Mr. U S Tolia, Registrar of IGNOU, Prof. Shambhu Nath Singh, Director- School of Journalism and New Media Studies of IGNOU, Dr. C G Naidu, Director-School of Vocational Studies and Training, other officials of IGNOU, Mr. Jai Natarajan, Group Executive VP of MEL, Mr. Yogesh Panjanani, VP of MEL and Mr. Sanjiv Waeerkar, Chief Creative Officer of MAAC.
About IGNOU: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) (a central university by an act of parliament – Act No. 50 of 1985) having its headquarters at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068 was established in 1985 to democratize higher education and it has been a pioneer in distance education and has about 1.8 million active students. The university has an effective network of 62 regional centers and over 1900 study centers in India. It uses a state-of-the-art telecommunication system which helps the university to reach out to the rural areas of India. Quality and equity have been the guiding principles behind its endeavors. And whereas IGNOU’s mission is to advance the frontiers of knowledge and promote its dissemination through sustainable open and distance learning systems seamlessly accessible to all.
About MAAC: Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), a division of Maya Entertainment Ltd. (MEL), has been a pioneer in 3D animation training since 2001. MAAC presently imparts professional training in animation and visual effects to over 12,000 students across 63 centers and 35 cities. Animation powerhouse MEL is backed by leaders finance, media and technology, including Enam Securities, Bhukhanwala Holdings, Concept Communications and Intel Capital. Its other divisions include an award winning international production studio engaged in outsourcing and own IP production work, and also a creative development enterprise MAAC Junior Toon Club (MJTC) for school children. MAAC also convenes the annual 24 FPS animated film festival for students and professionals.
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