Jaipur , 2018: Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, business, media and journalism, has appointed noted fashion academic Taruna Vasu as Campus Director of its Jaipur branch from March 2018.
With nearly 18 years’ teaching experience, Taruna Vasu has been associated with Pearl Academy since 2006. She joined as Course Coordinator, a first step towards playing a role in academic management. Before this appointment, she was Course Leader of the fashion design programme.
In 2012 Taruna co-founded Naata Design Studio as a fashion brand of ethnic wear for women, children and men, creating garments for City Palace Museum, Jaipur, and Fabindia.
Taruna has co-authored a book on children’s wear design, also used as a reference book in fashion education. She has also written multiple research papers and made excellent presentations at conferences such as IFFTI (2012) and International Conference on Apparel Textiles and Fashion Design, Sri Lanka in 2017, among others. She was also a member of Board of Studies (BOS) for International College for Girls for two consecutive years. Taruna has even been the guest faculty at prestigious design schools such as IIGJ, IICD, ICG and Arch Academy. She has done her PGCHE (Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from NTU, UK, 2009) and is an Alumni of NIFT, Gandhinagar. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Fashion Technology.
Prof Nandita Abraham, CEO of Pearl Academy, said, “It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations to Taruna Vasu on being appointed as Campus Director for Jaipur. The campus will greatly benefit from Taruna’s vast experience as a fashion academic, her in-depth knowledge and passion for teaching. Pearl Academy is committed to high academic standards for offering the finest design education to the budding minds and this will be taken care of very well under Taruna’s guidance”.
Taruna Vasu, Campus Director, Pearl Academy, Jaipur, said, “In my new role as Director of Pearl Academy, my vision is to make it the "most aspiring" place for any student who chooses an innovative career. Each student who joins us should get a wide range of learning experiences, exciting challenges and remarkable opportunities to exploit their individual potential. It would be my endeavour to facilitate best of intellectual resources from relevant and diverse spectrum to stimulate their young seeking minds. I hope to shape the campus as a "Space" that fosters an environment that inspires, provokes and cultivates innovation.”
Taruna takes over from Ramalingam Seetharaman who had been associated with Pearl for the last 12 years. His career spanned over 30 years mainly in the Fashion, design industry and mainstream apparel sector.