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WWI has partnered with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences - one of India’s most reputed universities - to ratify all its courses with BSc, BA & BBA degrees, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas & Post Graduate Diplomas.
WWI alumni were part of the Oscar Award winning Animation, Cinematography & VFX teams for ‘The Jungle Book’ & ‘Life of Pi.’
In late 2013, Meghna Ghai-Puri, President, WWI was awarded a honorary fellowship from Bradford College, UK for her contribution to global Film & Media education through Whistling Woods International.
WWI has graduated over 1600 students till date with over 90% gainfully employed with several leading Film & Media organisations in India & overseas.
WWI Alumni are revitalizing regional film industries. Several regional (Gujarati, Marathi, PunWWI Alumni are revitalizing regional film industries – The Gujarati, Punjabi & Tulu industries have been greatly benefited by WWI alumni going back to their native markets and making films in those languages, providing a much-needed quality boost to regional cinema.
CSR – WWI has provided scholarships & fee waivers to less-privileged students of over USD 1 million over the past decade.
In early 2014, Subhash Ghai was honoured as the ‘Education Evangelist of India’ by Skilltree Foundation and was awarded the Karamveer Chakra, by the International Confederation of NGOs, (ICONGO) a United Nations body for setting up Whistling Woods International.
WWI has, on request from the Ministry of Human Resource Development – Government of India, designed the curriculum for the Media Studies elective for the CBSE board. WWI has prepared the curriculum, teaching methodology & teacher training for the same.
Unique Education – WWI offers education in key verticals for the first time ever in India, namely:
a. India’s first applied-arts degree programmes in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music – launched, in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
b. Producing – WWI started India’s first Producing programme in 2006.
c. MBA in Media & Entertainment – started India’s first MBA in Media & Entertainment in 2008.
d. Content Creation, Audience Development & Monetisation for YouTube – India’s only institute running this Google-certified specialised training, since 2015.
e. 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking – the only school to have had a complete 3D stereoscopic filmmaking pipeline, from camera to screen.
Media Studies at the high school level – WWI-created Media Studies programmes have been rolled out, through the CBSE Board, in hundreds of CBSE schools across the country (in 2010).
WWI is rated in 2015 by Forbes India as among the ‘Top Institutes of Influence’ globally.
WWI has partnered with several global Film, Media & Technology giants to set up 5 Technology & Innovation Labs on campus:
- The Sony Media Technology Center – 2010
- The YouTube Space and The YouTube Educator Lab – 2015
- The RedEducation Platform – 2015
- The Foxconn Media Lab – 2016
- The WWI Jio VR Lab – 2018
WWI is a contributor & advisor to both the Media & Entertainment Skills Council (Skills Ministry) & TISS-SVE (Human Resource Development Ministry).
In June 2014, Whistling Woods was recognised as a ‘Great Place to Study’ by Skilltree Knowledge Consortium and was award as such by the UK House of Commons.
WWI has been rated as one of the Ten Best Film Schools in the world, in the July 2014, August 2013 and July 2010 issues of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
In 2010, WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) – a global association of film schools, which lays very high standards on admitting members (of the 1400+ film schools in the world, CILECT has only 170 members).