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The University of Bradford organizes a panel discussion

A recent FICCI-EY Report forecasts the rapidly growing Media and
Entertainment (M&E) sector in India to cross INR 2 trillion by 2020 at a CAGR of 11.6%. A host of
skilled professionals are required in various job roles to contribute effectively towards this growth. In
order to emphasise on the importance of education and training in helping students excel in this
highly competitive industry, Hindi film and television actor Mr Mahesh Thakur shared his success
story at the ‘Partner in Progress Forum-A Perspective from Film & Media Industry’ event, which was
organized in the city today by UK-based The University of Bradford.


Apart from actor Mahesh Thakur, Ms Sarita Patil (Vice-President, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures) and
Mr Selraj Patel (Executive Producer, Viacom 18 English) also participated in the panel discussion and
spoke at length on how choosing the relevant course and getting quality education in their area of
interest helped them climb up the career ladder. Dr Carlton Reeve, who is the Head of the School for
Media, Design and Technology at University of Bradford, chaired the Panel Discussion.
Talking about his journey as an actor, Mahesh Thakur said, "I started off as an actor purely on the
basis of passion. In that era, there was no place where I could go and learn acting and no one to teach
me soft skills. It was only trial and error. When I asked people what I needed to study to be an actor,
they told me you need to study how to fight and throw punches, horse riding and lip syncing. Those
were the skills that people could learn but those were secondary skills. Nobody, except NSD, taught
you to work with emotions despite the fact that 70% of the movie was emotions.

While sharing some simple tricks with the students for survival and success in their chosen career, Mr
Selraj Patel said, "Employers everywhere look for people who will add value to their organization or to
the work that they do. Even if you are not that confident about yourself when you appear for a job
interview, show them that you are capable. Give them a reason that they have not heard before and
make sure that your thoughts are out-of-the-box because only then they will seem genuine."
Films and Media Studies are major focus areas for University of Bradford, which is amongst the
top 13 universities in the UK for these subjects. Moreover, the city of Bradford is the world’s first
UNESCO City of Film and a key player in film, television and gaming.

On this occasion, the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said, “Over the years, our
University has played a pivotal role in grooming top-class media professionals. Our courses address
the demands of the industry globally for talented professionals in various specializations related to
this subject area. This event in Mumbai is an opportunity for us to celebrate higher education and its
relationship with the industry and consider what more can be done to tackle the challenges of the
21st Century.”

The event also witnessed a speech by Professor Cantor on ‘Universities & Economic Development’,
wherein he talked about Universities being the drivers of economic development. He said, “The world is
facing global challenges on a scale not seen before: ill-health, poverty, climate change, energy supply,
food security, migration and terrorism. Universities like Bradford are doing the research needed to
understand these problems, and are teaching the next generation of world leaders who will have to find
the solutions.” There was also a presentation by Mr. Mark Garratt (Director of External Affairs,
University of Bradford) outlining why Indian students should choose Bradford as a university. The day
concluded with a scintillating performance by singer Amruta Natu.

The University’s ‘Partner in Progress Forum-A Perspective from Film & Media Industry’ event aimed
to spread awareness about the impact of global education exposure on the students and the
significance of higher education and the relation it possesses with the industry. The event was
attended by school students, school counselors, recruitment agents as well as representatives from
various universities, corporate and financial institutions. A number of University of Bradford alumni
from Mumbai as well as those students from the city who have an offer from the University for the
session starting from September 2019 were also present.

The University of Bradford has a number of strategic partnerships with educational institutions in
India, including CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, LV Prasad Eye
Institute and University of Ahmedabad. The University is also working on signing MoU’s for student
exchange, staff exchange and research collaborations with IIT Mumbai, HR College of Commerce and

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