“Turn your Passion into a Profession” is what Whistling Woods is. Along with the High class professional learning, the MBA students in SMC-WWI also have their own unique learning process by sharing their knowledge between each other by forming Clubs which is not contained in the syllabus. The Club practices in their free time or before the regular classes start in a day or after the classes or during the holidays.
“The Dance Club is pretty much like an open club where each and every student is free to come and do a class” says Karuna Iyer, who have been working with Shiamak Davar dance group since years. She says “We work on different styles and workout as well as have a lot of fun. It is an entire package that makes us forget our tensions and relaxes us. We are looking forward in the future to organize several events the 1st one being a dance fest.”
The Events Club is called Access All Areas. The Club Head Karan Kabra says “We would organise inter club activities and make successful Events out of them very soon”. This club recently on the 25th and 26th August had organized an outing for all the students of MBA Maiden Batch to a Resort where students had participated in several activities like adventure sports, trekking, fashion show and a Theatre performance.
Impressionsta is the Fashion Club lead by Ovez Bakshi who is a professional Model and Samriddhi Srivastava who has worked with Ogaan as a fashion Consultant. “We will try not only to make the club members fashion lovers but also each and every student of the Maiden batch ( the 1st batch ) of SMC-WWI a fashion freak” she says. She says they would make Fashion Shows that depict stories which leads to the betterment of the society in the future. “We look forward to prepare a team of models to compete in various fest n functions being organised by Media colleges across India.
The name of the Photography Club is Pixels and their main objective is to enhance their photography skills and learn various types of photography. “Photography’s main objective is to show other people how world looks when you see it from a camera” says Siddharth Vaghela, the head of the Photography club. This club has actively participated and clicked many great photographs of the outing and they are also planning to organize outings on their own once in every 15 days.
The Cultural Club Head Mridanjali Rawal feels “To keep our culture alive in hearts of the young we have started this cultural club, we are planning to organise some cultural programmes every now and then.”
Draam-e-Baaz the Theatre club headed by Divyashree Mangalorkar and Shray Jai Mishra is a stage meant to discover the hidden talents and then to train the students in developing acting, directing and script writing.
The Sports team lead by Ipshita Das for girls and Thomson Sequeira for boys is called Adrenaline Rush. They say their basic objectives are to inculcate team spirit and to encourage fitness among the students through regular competitive activities.
The Advertising Club called the mAD World, headed by Jeenu Cruz and Jyostna Gupta has already started making few print ads on to various products including WWI as a brand itself. They say their main objective is to promote events and participation.
Dare to Change is the name of the New Media club, headed by Jitender Mehta and Narasimha Sahu, “The main objective of the club will be to make people more aware of the word New Media and work towards its best use, says Jitender.
Weekly sessions with guest lecturers and speakers from a variety of backgrounds enrich the learning experience at Whistling Woods International by offering students the opportunity to broaden their education. These sessions expose students to noted filmmakers, academics and specialists from diverse fields. With a broad spectrum of invitees, from writers, choreographers and musicians to psychologists, anti-piracy lawyers and sociologists, students are offered a substantial extension over any regular film programme. Previous guest speakers have included Karan Johar, Danny Boyle, Gulzar, Rakeysh Mehra, Anil Kapoor, Syd Field, Madhuri Dixit, Ashok Amritraj and Shyam Benegal.
Whistling Woods International places great emphasis on students’ own research and they are encouraged to avail of the library facilities. The library consists of core texts relating to every aspect of filmmaking and the film industry, as well as areas that may be peripherally relevant or provide background or general knowledge. The library also subscribes to many journals, periodicals and trade magazines. The film library holds a collection of important films and television series on DVD and VHS and a CD collection of music and sound effects, which students may use in their projects.
The Whistling Woods International library currently offers more than 5,000 units of film, audio and text and ongoing purchasing provides a constant flow of new titles. Private viewing facilities and listening stations are available to students. A majority of the video and audio library collection is also available on the school’s intranet system so that students may stream audio or video to any networked computer within the school premises.
Whistling Woods International operates both a large cafeteria and a café on campus. These are open throughout the day and evening, offering a welcoming and social atmosphere where students can meet and relax. The cafeteria, with a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the national park, serves breakfast and buffet lunch and dinners with additional vegetarian and non-vegetarian a la carte options. The cafe, located next to Studios 1 and 2, serves a variety of snacks and sandwiches.