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‘The curriculum at ACFA gives you practical training and not just theoretical knowledge’

Manjeet Singh Arora and his daughter Tanisha, who enrolled in Apeejay College of Fine Arts to pursue BBA, talk about the college campus, the dedicated faculty, and more

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Ever since Tanisha Arora joined Apeejay College of Fine Arts (ACFA) in September this year, the one thing that has been boosted the most is her self-esteem. A first-semester student of BBA, Tanisha and her father Manjeet Singh Arora, who runs a general store in Jalandhar, share in an interview what they liked about ACFA and its curriculum, and how she has benefited from it. Edited excerpts:

How did you come to know about ACFA? Why did you choose the college?

Manjeet: It was Tanisha who chose ACFA to pursue BBA. Apeejay is known for its quality of education. We also learned that ACFA is a good institution, so my wife and I did not hesitate about enrolling our daughter in the college.

Tanisha: A lot of my acquaintances told me it is a very good college. ACFA stands out in its endeavour to give students practical knowledge and understanding of the concepts rather than just theory. That was exactly what I was looking for. While applying, I was impressed with the college alumni’s achievements—most of whom are highly successful today–apart from the curriculum and faculty.

Tell us about your first visit to the campus.

Manjeet: I visited the college around the time of admission. I liked the campus. I interacted with some of the other students who had come to apply as well as some seniors, who gave us positive feedback. My daughter also interacted with the teachers. The overall experience was good.

Have the lectures been beneficial?

Tanisha: The lectures are insightful. The knowledge imparted, and the exposure given is beyond the syllabus. In school, I did not get the opportunity to build my confidence, but it has been boosted considerably at ACFA through regular presentations in the class. The college recently organised a week-long workshop on business planning, where we learned a lot through various assignments and projects.

Are the teachers helpful and approachable?

Tanisha: Our relationship with teachers goes beyond classrooms. We have enriching conversations even after class hours. They are very friendly and supportive. They are also guiding those who are planning to pursue the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam.

Is the curriculum preparing you for the future in a way?

Tanisha: Yes, the teachers are always there to help. We have been told that there will be counselling sessions as well. The curriculum is all-encompassing which can prepare you well for exams like CAT.

What college activities have you been a part of?

Tanisha: I am currently part of the National Service Scheme (NSS). There is a lot more to explore and I look forward to joining other activity clubs as well.

Plans after BBA?

Tanisha: I am planning to pursue CAT and would like to do an MBA from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).  

Manjeet: I have always supported Tanisha in whatever she wants to in life and will continue to do so.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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