Whistling Woods International brings laurels to the country as President Meghna Ghai Puri is honored and awarded by Bob Blackman, the Member of Parliament at the House of Commons, London, UK. On June 24, 2014, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium presented Whistling Woods International (WWI) a certificate recognizing it as a ‘Great Place to Study’ in India. The recognition is a result of Whistling Woods’ contribution to the growth of the Indian education system and efforts to maintain global standards.
To demonstrate the country’s vast potential as a hub of learning and development, the Consortium awarded 20 of India’s most prominent colleges with a Skill Tree Great Place to Study certificate. UK public personality, business leaders, and lynchpins from the education sector also attended the event.
Meghna Ghai Puri, on the occasion says, “I am honored on being recognized for WWI, a school that is committed to have the finest educators working toward sharpening talent with skills to succeed. UK stands for advance education, hence being distinguished for contributing towards educating students and giving them the opportunity to learn about on-the-job challenges as well as make that transition from being students to being professionals is warmly accepted and humbly appreciated. I take this opportunity to thank Skill Tree, House of Commons, and Mr. Blackman for supporting and acknowledging our attempt in setting global standards of film and media education. At WWI, we are hopeful that both, our country and our state, recognize our efforts as well.”
Since its inception in 2006, Whistling Woods has unfailing contributed to the country with various achievements in the field of education. Earlier in the year, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, Whistling Woods International was awarded the Karmaveer Chakra by the ICONGO along with being honored as an ‘Education Evangelist of India’ for setting up the institution. In 2013, Meghna Ghai Puri was awarded an honorary fellowship from Bradford College, UK for her contribution to global Film & Media education through WWI; also, the institution was rated as one of the Ten Best Film School in the world in August 2013 and July 2010 by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
The WWI model of Film-education is in demand from several countries in the world, thus after successfully setting up its campus in Bradford; WWI is also setting up campuses in Nigeria, in partnership with TrendCorp Africa. In 2010, it was accepted as a full member of ‘CILECT’ in France – a global association of film schools with select school as members from all over the world. Not only the institute but also its alumni have displayed the quality of education offered at the school. 3 WWI Alumni were part of the Oscar Award winning Cinematography & VFX teams for the ‘Life of Pi’. Chaitally Parmar an alumnus of WWI wrote the screenplay for the much acclaimed blockbuster movie of the year Queen. Another alumnus Shashank Khaitan will soon be launching his directorial debut with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Ketan Rana’s ‘Dekh Le’ a public welfare campaign went viral receiving 1.15 Million views within a week of release on digital media.
1200 students have successfully completed their programmes and 91% alumni have been well placed in top media and film companies. Over 20% of WWI’s full time film students are international students consisting from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, UAE, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and several other countries. Whistling Woods boosts of its high standard skill based education in the field of Media and Entertainment.