Aram is a word from Tamil - a language considered to be more than 5000 years old. The closest translation comes to “Dharma” in Sanskrit and “Righteous” in English. Well, there is no need to explain further on why this name for an educational space.
Aram is starting with an education space for Art and Design as implied by the college name – ACADES, an acronym for “ARAM CENTRE FOR ART, DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES”. However ACADES will strive to embrace more and more disciplines in the future, so that every discipline is benefitted by the presence of the other, resulting in a synergetic effect.
“A sound mind in a sound body”. True, isn’t it? So we decided that we lay importance to your self first, so that you are prepared to absorb what the world is ready to give. We formed the following values or principles based on this.
Hostel facility is available within campus, separately for boys and girls, on twin sharing basis and every room is facilitated with an attached toilet & bathroom. Hostel care takers are trained to deal with the psychological aspects of the young minds and guide them accordingly. We do believe in freedom and democracy of students and other residents of hostel as well as employees of Aram, in choosing how they wish to plan and live their lives. They are still young and also being away from home they need to be cared for. With this view a few things are kept mandatory for the students.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body. Food is the starting point of both our happiness and misery. Whatever may be the history, we have forgotten what's right for our body when it comes to eating. Factors such as time and influence of other food styles have had a huge impact on the health of our life. At Aram, we have attempted to do something about it.
“The classical way design was taught and learnt made all the difference to us in the way we thought and acted and understood life itself. There is a great wisdom in the way design education and design pedagogy blossomed in India.”
ACADES is an ACADEMIC CENTERED institute - the classical touch, as opposed to an administration centred institute. Why is this important to you? A good teacher not only knows what to teach, he or she knows when to teach, how to teach, where to teach and why to teach. Thus a good teacher contemplates a lot and is usually immersed emotionally in the teaching learning experience. One then realizes that it is best to go with the flow and that gives great results. This means that all other resources and policies should be ready to support the efforts of the teacher at any moment. Nowadays we put down rigid policies and want to squeeze the teacher and learner in to that. If a photograph of a rising sun has to be shot, you have to shoot it at around 6.00 am in the morning. That means the class should start at 5.30 am. Now that is the freedom that we need not only for design studies, but any stream we choose to pursue. At ACADES, the students & teachers are the primary focus, and each and every policy is built around them.
We believe, Design deals, not only with the visual studies catering just to the visual sense of the user, but senses such as auditory, tactile and also the olfactory sense. Thus at ACADES we have redefined the foundation to a 1 ½ year program, bringing in time for some foundation studies in music, performing arts and sculpture so that the students can explore those aspects and be influenced by these in their design process too. The primary purpose is to broaden the search and connections that a designer can make for himself / herself. This will be complemented by the in-campus courses such as the Fine Arts and Performing arts program. The campus will be vibrant with activities such as painting, sculpture, drama, music, dance and design. The synergetic effects are many.