Workshop on a pantheon of Indian Art & Crafts: Ajrakh Printing

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them to express ourselves.” 
                                                                                                                           -  Phyllis George


Introducing the young enthusiasts to some of our rich craft traditions, Sushant School of Design conducted its first, three day ‘Craft Appreciation Workshop’ on ‘Ajrakh’ conducted by Dr. Ismail Khatri in the month of September. While, Dr.I.Khatri is a master craftsman and recipient of many awards including an Hon.D.Art from De Montfort University, UK, his family has been practicing and sustaining this craft for ten generations.
Dr. Ismail Khatri with his son

Ajrakh is the traditional attire of the Maldhari pastoral community of Bhuj.

(Fig 1) The men wear it as a lungi (wrapped lower garment), as a turban (sofa), or draped on their shoulders.The true origin for the name ‘Ajrakh’ is unknown however there are various interesting interpretations that could be shared here:

( Fig 1)
According to folklore there was a King who loved to change his bed-sheets every day.  One day when an artisan presented the king with a sheet that had been created through a lengthy complex method he had been working on for days the King liked it so much that he requested to let the sheet be for the day saying ‘ aaj rakh’ each time someone tried to change the sheets. This led to the name of this uniquely created fabric the artisans came to call ‘Ajrakh’.According to Dr. Ismail Khatri, the name has evolved from the lengthy processes involved. As the fabric is developed over many days requiring printing and dyeing to be done in layers with a gap of time this led to the phrase ‘Aaj ke din rakh’ (Keep it for today) before the next process can begin.
An Arabic word 'Ajrakh', means ' blue’ referring to the blue of Indigo, a dominant colour used. The uniqueness of the craft of ajrakh dyeing and printing lies in the method of dyeing and printing the fabric. Ajrakh is a double sided resist block-printed and natural dyed technique practiced and sustained by the Khatri community of Kutch in Gujarat.  Though it came to Kutch some 400 years ago, when the Khatri ancestors migrated from Sind (said to be its birthplace), it can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilization. The two-week printing process results in stunning printed cloth.
  One of the wooden blocks used for printing the resist
Another belief is that the Sanskrit word ‘Ajharat’ or ‘that which does not fade/decay ’may have had some contribution to the name….According to Dr. Ismail Khatri, The starry geometrical pattern on an indigo background denoting the sky is also a symbolic representation of the Universe.

   Dr. Ismail Khatri with participants
The process of 'Ajrakh' is lengthy and involves a number of stages. According to Dr. Khatri the following steps lead to the creation of the beautiful Ajrakh.

 Saaj  -The process of desizing the fabric by washing the cotton cloth and then soaking it in a solution of castor oil, soda ash and camel dung overnight is known as saaj. The following day, the cloth is laid flat to dry in the sun. When it is semi-dry, it is returned to the solution of castor oil, soda ash and camel dung. Saaj and the drying stage are repeated (7-9 times) until the cloth foams when rubbed. It is then washed in plain water.                                                             
Kasano- The cloth is dyed in a cold solution of myrobalan (powdered nut of the hard tree). This stage is known as kasanu. The cloth is then calendered, after which it is laid flat to dry in the hot sun. If the cloth is to be printed on both sides, it is turned over during drying to ensure sun treatment for both sides. The myrobalan powder is then brushed off the cloth. Myrobalan acts as the first mordant.

 ·      Rekh - Is a resist of lime and gum Arabic which is printed on to the cloth to define the outline of the design. Rekh is printed onto both sides of the cloth using carved wooden blocks.
                Students Printing Rekha 

     Kat - Is the paste made by fermenting scrap iron, jaggery (raw cane sugar) and besan (gram flour). This mixture is left to ferment which takes about one week in the hot season and two weeks during the cold season; a yellowish scum on the surface of the mixture indicates that it is ready for use. The liquid, or “iron water” is drained off and added to tamarind seed powder. The iron and tamarind solution is thoroughly mixed, and then boiled for one hour. The resulting “iron paste” is printed on to the cloth creating black impressions.
 The resist printed pieces ready for dyeing
  Kan - Tamarind seed powder is mixed with alum (aluminium sulphate) and then boiled for one hour to produce a printing paste for red areas of the design. A small amount of a fugitive dye is added to this in order to aid registration when used for printing. Traditionally geru (red clay) was used. Printing of the alum paste is known as kan.
·   Gach - A paste of alum, millet flour, red clay and gum arabic is printed on the cloth where there are large areas of red in the design. A resist of lime and gum arabic is also printed at this time; this combined stage is known as gach. Sawdust is sprinkled on to the printed areas to protect the design from smudging. After gach printing, the cloth is left to dry naturally for several days. The paste used for gach printing is made from local clay which is filtered through muslin, millet flour and alum. The millet flour is boiled and then red clay and alum are added and the paste is filtered to achieve the required consistency for printing.

·    Badow - The stage where the cloth is dyed in indigo is called bodaw. In order to establish an indigo vat, natural indigo, sagikhar (a salt), lime, casiatora (seed from kuwada plant) and water are mixed in a clay vessel, plastic barrel or concrete vat. The dye bath is left to ferment for about one month; sometimes jaggery is added to this to aid fermentation. It is ready to use when the colour of the solution is yellowish (best quality) or greenish (medium quality). With an established indigo vat, indigo, jaggery and water are added as required to maintain the strength of the dye colour. A faster alternative is to make a solution of natural indigo, caustic soda and hydrosulphate, which is ready to use in one or two days. 
   Before Dyeing and washing
  Rang- Traditionally, this stage is either madder or al dyeing, depending on the availability of the dye stuffs. The cloth is boiled in a solution of tamarix (from the dhawri tree) and either madder root powder or al root powder and is then washed and sun-dried. But for some ajrakh, alizarin (synthetic madder) may be used, in which case the cloth is boiled in a solution of alizarin and tamarix powder. In all cases, the cloth is washed in plain water after dyeing and dried flat in the sun. At this stage (rang), the red and black areas of the design develop and the resist areas are revealed as white.

 Minakari Persian refers Minakari to enamelling but in Kachchh (Kutch) it means ‘double work’. Gach (alum printing) is repeated. The cloth is left for several days after this.

  Second Indigo Dyeing (bodaw) - Cloth is sun-dried.

 Vichharnu - The cloth is washed in running water and laid flat to dry in the sun
After Dyeing and washing
Traditional ajrakh printing continues in craft villages such as Ajrakhpur and Dhamadka   in Gujarat.

Further demonstrating on the workshop at SSD, it was open to anyone interested in Indian crafts and its significance. No prior knowledge of traditional crafts or design was required. The overwhelming response has encouraged us to continue this endeavour of creating a platform where craft enthusiasts can get a better understanding of our rich craft traditions and be able to appreciate them.
Gaze out for our other workshops on “Craft Appreciation” too.

Ms. Promil Pande
Sushant School of Design
Ansal University                                                                                                                   



Technology Innovation: Boon or Bane

Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.
-Stephen Hawking

Imagine you are walking in to a store to purchase a mobile. The sales person may display four to five models in front of you. A comparative table of these models shown in front of your eyes would be of great help to select a mobile.  Let us consider another situation. Imagine you are travelling in car and have lost your way back home. You wish to have the path displayed in front of your eyes and guide you to reach home.

Hope all these imaginations discussed by you with your friends have reached Google and has come out as a new innovation in technology named as “Google Glass”.

It looks like a normal spectacle with features like taking pictures of what we see, giving information about what we see and responding to what we talk. Hope you would have guessed it right. It’s the latest innovation in technology named “Google Glasses”. It is a camera, touchpad, microphone and battery built into spectacle frame. The display will be on the upper right and is designed to be easily seen without obstructing the normal view. According to Google, the display is “the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away”. Real time transmission of what is being seen by a person on his foreign trip to his family and friends through video conferencing will make him feel at home in the foreign land. A microphone and a touchpad on one arm of the frame will enable us to select the required action by gesture or by talking to the device. The sound will be produced through bone conductor transfer – vibrating the skull to transmit to ears. Google glass assisted surgery may help medical students to see the surgical process literally through their senior doctor’s eye. Assistance of experts from remote locations is also possible. This is can transform the face of technology.

With an array of rosy side of this new gadget let us look at the thorny side of it. Privacy could be an issue as the pictures or video of persons can be taken without their consent. Not even a click is required to capture pictures. This gadget in the hands of an evil minded person will be a disaster. Usage of this device for driving direction is advisable but could also be a distraction while driving. A Facebook update or mail notification in the middle of driving may be a great distraction which may even make them to update their facebook status as “met with an accident”. Usage of bone induction technology to transfer sound and viewing display close to eyes may bring serious health hazards when it is used incessantly. Display of Information and advertisement of the frequently used products while shopping may be annoying.     

Now comes the question of whether go for Google glasses or not. All technology advancement has bright and dark sides. The utilization of it in the constructive manner always depends on the user of the technology. It has to be used in conjunction with business, economic and social system. The phrase “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” can be redefined for technology usage as “Constructive usage of technology is in the hands of the beholder.” Let us wind up with an expectation for the constructive usage of Google glass which will be available in the commercial market by 2014.   

P Vidhyalakshmi
Assistant Professor
School of Computer Applications

A Perspective on Teaching

Teaching is a profession with a difference. I would call it a vocation rather than a profession. It is an informal pledge to groom the youth as independent and useful citizens of the future. The transfer of information that we teachers do most of the time is only a means to an end. The real end of all teaching should be to help students develop their physical, intellectual, and spiritual faculties to their full potential.

Now, how to transfer information so that this means may lead to the desired end. The central point of this blog is that if we do this small thing in a big way, we can achieve the end. And the real role of the teacher comes in here, which is to transform or build information into knowledge. An analogy of conveying building material to the site of construction and using it to raise a building may make the point clear. Conveying the building material may be likened to transferring information, and raising a building may be likened to transforming information into knowledge.

The process of transformation is in effect the process of developing the faculties of the student. Information becomes knowledge when the teacher and the student engage in a regular exercise of analysis, synthesis, comprehension, and conclusion. This composite exercise necessitates vertical thinking, lateral thinking, collation, conflation, cognition, and systemization. Thus, the teacher is developing these crucial cognitive faculties in the student even as he is creatively organizing these apparently disparate pieces of information into a system of knowledge.

But we cannot do this if we just continue to go through the motions of teaching the way some of us are routinely doing. We do a geometrical theorem, and the lesson ends. We attempt the rehash of a poem, a dramatic scene, a history chapter, a computer science or economics unit, and the lesson is over.  But there is the rub. The lesson can never be over without a proper follow-up and closure. A student should be made to think over and around the subject being taught and encouraged to come up with his views. The teacher must facilitate this exercise all the time irrespective of what he or she is teaching.

It is clear from the foregoing points that a true teacher develops in his students all the cognitive abilities while he trains them in their specialized areas of knowledge. In other words, he develops in them by default the ability to be rational in their approach to everything. And as, arguably, to be rational is to be moral, the teacher teaches most unobtrusively and spontaneously morality as well as rationality.  So, can we say that he can be taken to be doing his duty with perfection if he just teaches optimally? Can we also affirm that he is therefore vital to society in the way no other individual or professional is?
- PV Dhamija

A Teacher’s Revelation

Let no man in the world live in delusion
Without a Guru, none can cross over to the other shore      
                                                                        -Guru Nanak

The tradition of deep seated love and gratitude for the teacher runs all the way back to the days of Mahabharat in India, when Eklavya readily and happily sacrificed his thumb to Guru Dronacharya as a guru dakshina for the art which he learnt from his own dedication, perseverance and practise.  An ancient folk tale even emphasizes that if one comes across a Guru and God himself together, one would first pay homage to the Guru as he is the one who taught him to recognise God.
In today’s world of science technology, distances are reducing, communication is improving and every other educational institute is of Global Standards.  Internet has provided us access to every book, every journal and every possible presentation. Not only is there huge presence of study material and resources online, we even have full-fledged UGC approved e-learning courses and certifications ongoing.  While it makes our work easier at many levels, the key question for today is:
Is the technology replacing the teacher??

I, for one, wouldn’t underestimate the human element of the service of education.

A teacher is at times; seen as only an instructor but he or she is also a friend, a philosopher and a guide. Through my own early years, my mom (a mathematics teacher) tutored me not only in her own subject but also in the arithmetic of life. In the loneliest of troubled teenage, sometimes; your favourite teacher gives you a greater listening ear along with a patient and sensible advice than any best friend. The same thought has brought in the concept of mentoring small groups of students at university level.

Just some of the ways a mentor helps you through your stay at university are:
1.      Your mentor is a mature adult who would technically and ethically guide you through some of your tricky moral questions which your friends may not be able to answer
2.      The mentor monitors, supervises and appreciates your academic and extracurricular performance and many at times, even motivate you to surprise yourself by unleashing your hidden talents.
3.      As mentors, we are here to listen to your problems, and get your voices heard to the right authorities at the right point of time in the most appropriate way of expression.
4.      We want to connect and bond with you and your families to build long lasting relationships.

A Small Message to Students-

Dear Students, your teachers and mentors constantly worry for your attendance and grades (sometimes even more than you) many at times even by neglecting their own comforts and family life.  And even then, we don’t expect the devoutness of Eklavya, or a whole day full of flowers, all we want is the best for you and your future with a simple doze of obedience, with a dash of sincerity. 

“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner

Swati Oberoi Dham
Assistant Professor
School of Management Studies
Ansal University, Gurgaon

Alive in a living world?

We are a product of our conditioning, a result of our environment, starting from our home and family to our neighborhood, social network, educational institutions, the city and the world at large. Each of us defines and perceives these based on our experiences and thus the environmental influences form a part of our identity. If these influences have such a strong role to play in defining our identities and personalities, shouldn’t we in turn be active participants in defining the environment we live in?

Good or bad, correct or incorrect, there is a lot of action and debate around us, be it with respect to traffic, safety of women, youth culture, social media, going green, saving our natural and built heritage, changing retail patterns, real estate development and much more. As students, as professionals and as responsible citizens, can we live on without engaging with what is happening around us?

Yes, we read headlines and articles in newspapers, internet or television. Yes, we at times empathize or sympathize with the victimized, or curse the guilty in our eyes, but what beyond that? The sense of purpose cannot be created in a tangible sense by distant engagement, an issue that is all the more pertinent in the era of web based social networking and communication. Recently, 10 students from Sushant School of Art and Architecture led by a young conservation architect who is a visiting faculty and alumnus of the School visited towns and villages of Uttarakhand, assessing the damage suffered by historic buildings.  In the process, they witnessed a lot more that was suffering! The takeaways from the life changing experiences they had are beyond words. In most probability, the experience brought them closer to reality, real issues and questions and this could be a new creative beginning for them!

If each of us doesn’t care about events and processes taking place around us, who else will? If we aren’t willing to face the hard truths of life, how can we really be a part of it? Seems like we need to step out of our comfort zones and engage in such debates, discussions and experiences that orient us towards participating in the creation of a more optimistic social, cultural, economic and physical environment. The first step is to take a glimpse into the multidimensional, ever-changing environment through firsthand experience and reflect on the issues that we feel being close to our heart. May then that is when we shall feel more alive as a part of the living world around us!

Parul G Munjal
Assistant Professor
Sushant School of Art and Architecture

Higher education in India

Higher education in India – a sense of complacence or an aggravated challenge

Enhancing productivity, developing global human resources, creating entrepreneurs, becoming a knowledge economy, innovating technology etc. have been some of the cherished goals of Indian education system. But, unfortunately, we have not been able to meet any of these objectives.

Till now, we have adopted a strategy of development which, more through an act of omission than of commission gave a low priority to education. The Indian Universities and institutes of higher learning, from the point of view of infrastructure and management, are not in a position to cater to the huge student population (growing nearly at the rate of 15% per annum).

From the point of view of higher education in India, what needs to be underlined is the fact that today the concept of higher education is somewhat bloated because of the existence of a substantial number of students who do not know what else to do and therefore join a college. Employment is difficult as the job market is overcrowded. Moreover we have not made any effort in developing and promoting entrepreneurship in our educational programs in the universities. The linkage between expectations and fulfillment today is not as definite as it was a few decades ago.

While, the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) set up by the Prime Minister calls it a ‘quiet crisis’, the Human Resource Minister calls higher education ‘a sick child’. Industries routinely point towards huge skill shortages and are of the opinion that growth momentum may not be sustained unless the problem of skill shortages is addressed.

There appear to be endless problems with the Indian higher education system. The higher education system produces graduates that are unemployable, though there are mounting skill shortages in a number of sectors. The standards of academic research are low and declining.
An unwieldy affiliating system, inflexible academic structure, uneven capacity across subjects, eroding autonomy of academic institutions, low level of public funding, archaic and dysfunctional regulatory environment are some of its many problems.

More than 35 years ago, Nobel laureate AmartyaSen, while analyzing the crisis in Indian education, emphasized that often wrong policies are pursued due to the government’s tendency to formulate educational policies based on public pressure. Unfortunately, it is believed that policy-making suffers from similar failure even today. Rather than pragmatism, it is populism, ideology and vested interests that drive policy. It seeks to achieve arbitrarily set goals that are often elusive and, more than that, pursued half-heartedly.

The emergence of a global economy due to increased trade, investment and mobility of people and, more recently, work across borders has forced nations to adapt their systems of higher education to the changed global realities. Several countries are reshaping their systems of higher education for making them globally competitive. Pragmatism rather than ideology is driving this change.

Can India sit complacently in the face of this challenge?
- Dr.C.S.Nagpal

Radhika Mehra a bright feather in the Ansal University’s cap

A genius speaks not only with words but great talent can manifest in so many other ways. Radhika Mehra, Bachelor of Design student at the University’s Sushant School of Design has been awarded a full scholarship to Rochester University, New York. Just proves that innovation among young people have in India is deep-rooted like its history, culture and civilization.  The University of Rochester is one of the top-tier research universities in the USA with a world renowned Design program. What makes Radhika much better that all the other students who have got through this program is the fact that Radhika is profoundly hearing impaired but a visual genius who comes up with great design ideas.

Radhika was born with hearing loss. She is the only student in her batch of 27 at the Sushant School of Design with special needs. Radhika’s works was also displayed at an exhibition Dovetail, India UK Creative Collection organized by the Sushant School of Design to showcase the works of young Indian artists who are popular worldwide. The exhibition was held at the Hidden Gallery, Lado Sarai, New Delhi recently and widely attended by many people from the fraternity.

Mid Day Holocaust

Month of July is generally associated with nurture by nature; mother earth securely hides in her bosom, the seeds of all possible botanical names which sprout with the onset of month.  So, as kinder garden receive the fresh giggles of those who will be beholding the future of Nation, ironically the June and July witnessed two holocausts. First, the devastation of Himalayan proportion in Uttaranchal where thousands disappeared who had the quest to scale the heights of Himalayas in search of salvation and; the second by human greed where a meal engulfed innocents in disguise of nurturing them.

Now in the case of later devastation those who were responsible for treachery have everything in their treasury but they choose to feed the future with snakes, lizards, frogs, garbage and filth and eventual death. The callous incursion of greed premeditated every sin which is worth the profit. Those who were responsible were ostentatiously airborne to sympathies but the children succumbed one by one in terrible trauma, however were not taken to medical care.  In those sniffing moments when senses were fading and giving up to poison, innocent children saw the eagles hovering above to have a feast. Their parents looked to sky and treacherous roads with hallow eyes for life support from the very system which has precipitated this. Every scream fell on deaf ears.  The life was being transported to heaven and bodies to Hospitals. Helpless parents were praying inconsolably to redeem them from this mid day holocaust which consumed their hope. It was the darkest noon ever as one by one the bundles of photons were being extinguished by the cruel hands. The poisonous intent served the recipe of death to make some petty gains. The martyrs from these very dwellings would have protected our motherland but were slain in cold blood not by enemy but by disgraceful regimen.  Some like them stand sentry to the political masters who plan this nefarious act in the very precinct.  The system plans to eliminate its own protector, the greed has taken over all senses of human. They crushed the tender bones under their ugly feet,  the sprouting of nature was buried before  it could take a tender shape. The giggles were silenced. Many unfortunate nations in South Africa treat their children better, nourish them where they are deprived of everything but in the land of plenty after 60 years we have only unsolicited and shadowy consolations and all promises broken.

The silence round the school was deafening, the teary and torrid eyes of parents felt defeated. The blood thirsty rulers were engaged in scoring points; the scene was shuttering, shocking yet storm of political brinkmanship continued. The hope was buried in the same premises which promised to make it reality.

My heart pains and my vacation vanished analyzing and asking some unanswered questions continue to puzzle:
  • Can we call ourselves a native of the land of Buddha and Mahavir?
  • Can we call ourselves a pedigree of a culture which reverberate every life form; insects to trees to animals?
  • The departed loving martyrs are asking question, every scream and every silencing breath want an answer. What was their fault?  Was it that they were born poor?
  • Will there be an end to this hypocrisy?
  • Will we rise, resist and prevail ?

Pratika Mishra
Assisstant Professor
School of Management Studies
Ansal University

Managing Change

Convergence of speed, intangibles, connectivity and many more new forces have changed the dimensions of business behavior. Business organizations are being challenged to their core. If you think that business can be sustained by the old rules of mass production, segmented pricing, and stable organizations, you'll need to think again. Business has entered into a new world, where the rate of change is very fast.

It is in this context that a new perspective on the future of management has to be developed.

It goes without saying that the organizations that will win tomorrow will not look anything like the successful organizations of today. Indeed, urgency and change are now the norm. Innovation is a way of life. Lifelong learning, the capacities and abilities to embrace change, to work with people, to communicate and understand, to create and to walk the talk are the tools that can guarantee sustainability and true prosperity in this new world.

Hence it can be said that the organizations that will be sustainable, survive and thrive will become inverted pyramids, with senior leadership and management at the bottom. The mantra of survival can be said as “Change or die”.

Are our organizations, institutions and leaders are capable of sustaining an economy where innovation and change are the norms? Well, the answer of this question says, that in the twenty-first century a new type of organization is needed.

The new organizations resemble a chameleon, continually adapting to its environment. It is characterized by honesty and integrity, openness, greater flexibility, commitment to the individual, superior use of teams, strong core competencies and a taste for diversity. It starts with Senior Leaders understanding the need for change and having the clout bring it about.

Therefore the following ideas need to be incorporated in business organizations for an effective and successful step-by-step process to build an environment for change.  

Step One -- Build Trust
Before any action takes place the leadership must build trust between employee and management. How do you prove you’re trustworthy? It is quite simple. You model it. You behave it. You live it. Hide nothing. Employees must be free to question, analyze and investigate. Management must give up control to cope with an environment that is pulling the rug out from underneath and, be flexible enough to listen to the front line. 

Step Two: Communicate a Sense of Urgency
Establish a sense of urgency with employees. Give a group enough power to lead the change: a modern day version of the Round Table, equals that will include employees of all levels of the organization. There need not be agreement on all things at all times, but an alignment on the need for change that will support innovation should be the goal.

Step Three: Build the Vision
Capture the hearts of employees. Ask them what kind of company they want to work for. How do they want to achieve balance? People want a stake in success. They are closer to the action than Management is. They see street reality. When Management acts on their input, they feel they get that stake. So, work with employees on an emotional level.

Step Four: The Hybrid Organization
Once-great organizations like Digital Equipment Corporation and GM’s Oldsmobile are dead. Others including GM, Ford, Boeing, Xerox, Kodak are on life support. The new innovative chameleons- the hybrid organizations, Semco, Gore Inc, Proctor and Gamble, Ben and Jerry, Herman Miller are thriving. They focus on the customer, employees, quality and service and are responsive to environmental demands as well as the bottom line. So here, innovation and integration of ideas is the key.

Step Five: Business Change is not a leap but a series of short term wins.
Set up the innovation or change project as a series of milestones. Measure the results at each milestone and not miss the celebration of success. It may involve changes in product, process and services, that can take anywhere from six months to five years depending on the complexity of the project. Pick the low hanging fruit first. Short term performance improvements help transformations in a number of ways.

In a world where job security is an oxymoron, employees are searching for purpose, for opportunities where they can truly feel that what they do matter. Employees want input, a stake in the business's success. They want greater independence, autonomy and freedom from the bureaucracy. Are you giving it to them or do they need to find it elsewhere?

So, at the end, it could be said that if the traditional organizations with their command and control are not working under the new rules of business, we should be ready to change the rules of business for creating a new world of dreams and opportunities.

- Dr.C.S.Nagpal

Collaboration takes Ansal University to an International level in Education

Ansal University’s has entered into collaboration with Pearson International. This will enable the university to offer a new model for preparing professionals with global exposure, excellent educational opportunities and provide students with an opportunity to acquire a world class education while gaining unprecedented global experience.

Pearson International is the world’s leading education company for accrediting and awarding diplomas/degrees to students enrolled across the world under the Edexcel vertical. Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by Dr. CS Nagpal, Vice Chancellor, Ansal University, and Smita Chaudhary, Head Vocational-India Subcontinent, Pearson Qualifications International, Ansal University will allow progressing to Edexcel students from different countries in the IInd or IIIrd year of its academic programs and award diploma/degree after mapping the learning and transfer of credits.

Summer programs at AU

Summer programs create buzz at Ansal University
TDL is a way of life at Ansal University, manifesting itself consciously as well as sub consciously across disciplines, activities and day-to-day events at the campus. To beat the heat this summer there is a host of Workshops across disciplines ranging from graphics, fine art and architecture, computer sciences to personality enhancement trainings.
These include workshops in latest software and techniques for designing with digital tools, Lighting and Illumination, Graphics & Fine Arts which include Drawing and Painting, Weaving, Designing with Design Tools, Bamboo Workshop, Product Designing, Furniture Design, Structural Designing, Glass Workshop, Film (stop-motion animation), Art Appreciation, Advertising Profession & Practice Green Building/Sustainability, Information Security and Ethical Hacking.
During the summer workshops insightful technical sessions will be deliberated upon by technical experts like Jake Garfield, a London based painter, printmaker, writer and faculty member at prestigious The Prince’s Drawing School, London and Kathryn Lewis, MA Textiles and Weave student at the Chelsea College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, London.
The SPRINT (Speech, PResentation, INTerview) personality enhancement program has been designed for students and professionals. It will assist students to transition from the school to college and college to corporate, through practical training of group discussion/interview skills, communication, presentation and team building skills, handling University Academics and managing peers and seniors.
Trans disciplinary learning in the true sense…