AIGA Convocation 2011 was held on the 9th of December at hotel Iris, Bangalore. The event started at 6.30 pm with an informative welcome note by Mr. Joshi Mark, Creative Director at AIGA. Mr. Mark addressed the audience with notes about AIGA, why it was started and some of its key achievements in the past years. He also shared some insight into the early days of the Indian Games Industry, when Rajesh, Shailesh and he started their careers. The gathered audience included graduating students, their parents, family, friends and a few members from the Industry.
Mr. Rajesh Rao, CEO of Dhruva Interactive, delivered the convocation address. Mr. Rao provided useful information and insight into the Video Games Industry, both International and in the Indian context, from its early beginnings to current trends. The address also covered some useful advise for graduating students, with respect to work in the Games Industry and good practices towards building a successful career. He also assured parents present, that their children had chosen a good Industry and they need not be anxious about their careers. He concluded the address with an impressive demo showcasing high quality art done by AIGA alumni, currently part of the Dhruva Game Art team, for leading International games.
Post the convocation address, Professional Diplomas were presented to all successful graduates by the chief guest, Mr. Rajesh Rao. Most graduates in the room were already working with various Game studios, with a good bunch of them working with Dhruva Interactive itself.
Deepa Nambiar, one of the graduating students, delivered the student response. She mentioned about her experience at AIGA, right from the first day she walked in to enquire about the course, to the various learning experience and interaction with faculty and staff at AIGA. She expressed how the staff at AIGA went beyond just teaching game development, to provide a much broader and holistic learning experience to their students.
The final thank you note was delivered by Mr. Shailesh Watsa, Technical Director at AIGA, thanking the chief guest, AIGA’s academic partner University of Wolverhampton, various state governments and Industry associations that AIGA has been working with over the years, graduating students, parents, AIGA staff and the Games Industry for the support and encouragement provided to AIGA.
The session concluded with a group picture of all 2011 graduating students along with the chief guest, followed by a sumptuous dinner.