Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), known for its education in animation, VFX, gaming and multimedia, inaugurated its new centre in Kukatpally, Hyderabad on 5 February, 2016. With the addition of the new centre, MAAC now has 84 centres across India.
The company also announced that it plans to open two more such centres at Secunderabad and Madhapur before the end of this financial year.
With an aim to expand and educate more students in the art of film making using animation, visual effects and graphic design techniques, MAAC has also focused on gaming, web, graphics design, media and entertainment.
Kukatpally, being a major educational hub in Hyderabad, this fourth centre of MAAC in that state will serve as a boon for varied career opportunities.
MAAC (India), Senior Vice President, Shajan Samuel, said, “With the Indian animation industry witnessing a growth of 34% CAGR (since 2009) and an expected hiring rate of 30%, experts predict that the industry will face a deficit of skilled animators in the future. This means that there is great scope and urgent need to accelerate skill development in the animation industry. For this, we need to eliminate digital gaps, which is only possible by empowering students with the knowhow of latest trends and technology used in the industry. The new centre would provide further impetus to our aim of empowering students through superior training, extensive curriculum and lead them to become specialists in the world of 3D Animation and VFX.”
MAAC Kukatpally, director, Dinesh Soni said, “We plan to train 250 students in this calendar year, we are planning to multiply and expand very fast to cater to the rising demand of digital content in India.”
Green Gold Animation, founder and CEO, Rajiv Chilaka who was a part of the inauguration ceremony of the centre said, “A lot has happened in the Indian Animation/VFX Industry over the last decade, and more so in the last few years, which have been exciting. The most exciting part is the growth of domestic animation Industry in India. In 2001, we had only one Kids Channel, while today we have over 18 Kids TV Networks. I think the day is not far away, when Animated films made in India would scale global peaks.”
With new centres MAAC has expanded its arenas and reached more people to tap young talent for the future of the technical industry in India. According to a report by KPMG, the animation, VFX and post-production industry in India has grown from Rs 4,200 crore in 2013 to Rs 5,080 crore today. The CG sector is likely to grow substantially at a CAGR of about 30 per cent and animation by about 15-18 per cent.
Industry analysts believe that India’s animation industry is expected to double in size in next five years as Hollywood studios are prepping to tap a large pool of low-cost, English-speaking animators.