Currently working as faculty in the Design department, Rita is actively involved in mentoring students in postgraduate and undergraduate design courses, sharing her in-depth knowledge in western and traditional pattern cutting. Her responsibilities include curriculum development and organizing of course content for undergraduates fashion courses. She was instrumental in developing the pedagogy for the first postgraduate design course at Pearl in 1996 and the course leader till 2006. Her external exposure includes designing and creating lingerie at Nottingham School of Art & Design, observing and analysing its education system for implementation at Pearl Academy. She was trained at the house of Dior for high fashion and couture in terms of draping, design development and finishes.
She worked with Late Mr Karvoyle Simonis, a pupil of Christian Dior, for over 20 years. She designed theatre costumes for over 10 years, provided technical and creative advice for garment manufacture to small scale entrepreneurs from Bharat Yuva Trust. She won the coveted J.R.D Tata Award for the year 1999. Rita was commended as among the top three mentors across India. She conducted workshops for the industry in various capacities, including development of patterns for sampling and production, identifying problem areas and rectification. She believes in initiating research and development in technical and design related areas of fashion.