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Arts for India was launched in 2010 at London, one of the prime objectives was to support the creatively aspiring students from economically underprivileged families to study for a professional art & design degree programme at IIFA through Four Year Full Fee Scholarship Programme.  While the AFI was launched in 2010, yet the scholarships from the philanthropic sponsors were only available for students enrolled for the academic session of 2011-12  to the 4-Year Bachelor of Fine Art Degree programme.  First year of the Scholarship Programme benefitted 10 students who have graduated in 2015.  The second batch of 6 students has graduated in 2016.  Majority of these students have been supported by IIFA in creative jobs with related industries.  Some have opted for internships and some others have been selected for Masters Programme at other Univer­sities.  Some of them have made IIFA, AFI & their sponsors proud by being recruited by related business houses.  We give hereunder, the briefs of some such successful AFI beneficiaries.

Bindu Vishwa Karma – Sponsor – Mr. Izzat Majeed

Tell us about yourself

Bindu was an exceptional talent with equal amount of attraction towards creativity as well as pure science.  Though she had secured distinction (75% and above) in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics in her School Board Examinations, yet she wanted to learn Art.  She had joined a formal B.Sc. Course at Gonda – her native place, as her mechanic father could not have supported her desire to study art at a professional College.

How did you end up in an offbeat, unconventional and cool career as an artist?

However, her urge to study art was fulfilled by Arts for India’s Full Fee Scholarship Programme and she enrolled as one of the first batch beneficiary of Arts for India’s Scholarship Scheme in 2011 and graduated in year 2015.

Bindu was a very dedicated student and always excelled in class assignments as well as in University’s Examination.

Tell us about your experience at IIFA

I did my Bachelors of Arts (B.F.A,Graphic design and Applied Arts) from Chaudhary Charan Singh University affliated to IIFA.

It has been a very eventful, educative and entertaining first year of my undergraduate programme of BFA at IIFA Modinagar. I am very thankful to my sponsor Ijjat Majeed and Arts for India that has allowed me pursue my passion. The first year was full of new skills, new meanings, new methods and excellent demonstrations by the teachers to help us experiment with confidence and understand the aesthetic principles. From October to December we had the opportunity to be tutored by teachers from the Princes’ Drawing School, London. For many weeks they taught various subject topics through demonstrations and also by helping us understand where we were making mistakes when trying to draw ourselves. The alumni students: Siobhan, Emma, Daniel and Konrad worked hard to help us all upgrade our skills. I will myself use many of the techniques they made me practice and will also remember the mistakes that they pointed out in my work.

What did you do after graduation?

After graduation, she did  an internship with ‘Walter Thompson’ – a globally reputed advertising agency and is now employed with ‘Ogilvy Advertising’ a globally renowned organization.  She is presently working as an Assistant Creative Director.  The Scholarship has affected a sea change in her life.  This scholarship has helped Bindu to become a successful creative artist.