Meet us on 26th June 2022

Chief Guest
Hon’ble Minister Shri Anurag Thakur ji
Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur is the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India.
Guest of Honour
Mr. Resul Pookutty
He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for Slumdog Millionaire. Pookutty has worked in Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam languages in addition to British films.


The School of Media Management, Symbiosis Skills and Professional University (SSPU), Kiwale, Pune is organizing the National Conference on ‘Emerging Digital Media Landscape – 2022’ which will be held on 26th June 2022 at SSPU Campus in association with the Media and Entertainment Skill Sector (MESC), Government of India.

This conference is mainly aiming to highlight the emerging digital media and changing landscape of Media and Entertainment Industry where the media experts and media industry professionals will address the students about the opportunities and new job roles in the field of Media and Entertainment sector.

Symbiosis was started in 1971, by visionary educationist Dr. Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar as a ‘home away from home’ for foreign students studying in Pune. He was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by His Excellency President of India. Since its inception, Symbiosis has grown into a large education group with schools and colleges spread across 20 campuses. Symbiosis has thousands of students from all across India and 80 countries studying in various on-campus programs.

Symbiosis Open Education Society (SOES) was established to promote vocational, skill-based education, and open & distance learning. SOES has four constituent units under its aegis – Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Symbiosis Vocational Junior College, Symbiosis Community College, and Symbiosis Institute of Skill Development. SCDL was established in 1994 with the objective of “Reaching the Unreached”.

Taking the mission of Skill India forward, Symbiosis Open Education Society announced the establishment of Maharashtra’s first Skill Development University called the Symbiosis Skills and Professional University at Kiwale, Pune. The University was enacted through a bill passed by State Legislation on 3rd May 2017

The ‘State-of-Art’ campus has been constructed on 15 acres of land with specialized laboratories, workshops, and centers of excellence having specialized skill training equipment and machines. The University offers Certificates, Diplomas, and Degree programs in high-growth sectors such as Automobile, Construction, Mechatronics, Architecture, Retail, Ports & Terminal Management, Beauty & Wellness, Media Management and Film Making etc. with multi-entry-exit credit banking options. The objective of the University is to create ‘industry-ready’ youth who can be gainfully employed upon completion of their courses.

The innovative model of the University provides entry to all, enabling those from both the formal as well as informal systems to acquire education and skills. The model has incorporated the strength and best practices of the vocational and skill development system followed in various countries as well as the characteristics of the Indian ethos and culture.

Partnerships within the industry for joint curricula development, skill training, on-the-job training, joint applied research projects, etc. will be undertaken by the University. Centre of Excellence, labs, simulation software, and training workshops will be created to impart skill and practical training.

The School of Media Management offers, a three-year full-time BBA Program in Digital Media and Marketing. The BBA – Digital Media & Marketing provides an end-to-end understanding of the current digital marketing framework, in-demand tools, and best practices. The school of Media Management will shortly start a few more programs in the Media and Entertainment sector

Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) has been setup under the National Skills Development Mission, Government of India under the aegis of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and promoted by FICCI. The Media & Entertainment Industry is projected to grow to INR 1457 billion by 2016. Therefore it becomes imperative to have skilled workforce catering to the growing needs of the industry across various subsectors in terms of quality and quantity. MESC would ensure generation of adequately skilled workforce which is industry ready and employable.

Keynote Speakers

Mr. Resul Pookutty
Mr. Mohit Soni
Mr. Amit Behl
Ashish Kulkarni
Mr. Keitan Yadav
Mr. Manish Agarwal
Mr. Resul Pookutty

Mr. Resul Pookutty
Academy Award winner

Time: 10:40 AM To 10:50 AM

He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for Slumdog Millionaire. Pookutty has worked in Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam languages in addition to British films.

Mr. Mohit Soni

Mr. Mohit Soni
Chief Executive Officer
Media & Entertainment Skills Council

Time: 11:30 AM to 11:40 AM

A highly driven, entrepreneurial self-starter with more than 18 years of experience of heading Online Marketing, Media Planning & Buying, Brand Communication Strategy, Research for Product Designing and Competitor Mapping in Education and Media Industry. An exceptional communicator and negotiator with demonstrated skills in making tactical plans and strategic plans of business as well as developing large diversified teams.

Mr. Amit Behl

Mr. Amit Behl
Indian theatre actor

Time: 12:00 PM to 12:10 PM

Amit Behl is an Indian theatre, television and film actor. Behl began his career in 1994 with a role in India's first daily soap opera Shanti. He later went on to do almost 100 TV serials in Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi and Urdu. He has degrees in engineering and management. He is a member of the governing council of MESC (Media & Entertainment skill council), advising NSDC to integrate and recognize skills in the media and entertainment industry.

Ashish Kulkarni

Ashish Kulkarni

Time: 11:50 AM to 12:00 PM

Ashish S.K. is known to be the strongest personality and dedicated in the animation industry in Bollywood. He created world-class animation studios in India, created the best original animated content and completed and commercialized several animated films for studios in Hollywood in the last 17 years. Ashish S K is the founder of Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Keitan Yadav

Mr. Keitan Yadav (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Operation Officer & VFX Producer
Redchillies.vfx & Redchillies.color

Time: 12:10 PM to 12:20 PM

Co-founder of one of the top most Visual Effects & Color Grading facility in India. In- depth knowledge of Visual Effects & Post Production across platforms like Commercials, Digital and Feature Films.He is a renowned name in the industry not just for his vision, but also for his leadership skills, youthful energy and strategic abilities.Having started his career in 1996 and spending 8 years in the advertising industry, he forayed into the Film Vfx world in 2003 He has 25 years of experience and currently helms Redchillies.

Mr. Manish Agarwal

Mr. Manish Agarwal (Keynote Speaker)
CEO Nazara Technologies

Time: 12:20 PM to 12:30 PM

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer games industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Advertising, E- commerce, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). He has over 18 years of industry experience, most of it dedicated to the digital industry.


Animation Styles Workshop
AR - VR Workshop
VFX – Visual Effects Workshop
Film Making Workshop
Mr. E. Suresh

Mr. E. Suresh
Founder, and Director, Eksaurus Production

Time: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Mr. E. Suresh continues to elevate the recognition of quality Indian animation content across the world. His company Studio Eeksaurus is a very well-known production company in the country.

The power of animation is that it’s not limited by reality. The creative freedom to express in different styles of animation brought it more attractive and accepted by all types of audience in the world. Mr. E. Suresh who is graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Design and specialized in animation production will showcase the different styles and forms of animation in this workshop.

Mr. Harshawardhan Kikkeri

Mr. Harshawardhan Kikkeri
CEO Holosuit Pte Ltd

Time: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Mr. Harshavardhana Kikkeri is a pioneer in AR/VR/Robotics/AI and held technical leadership at Microsoft Robotics and Silicon Valley Robot firm.

Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) bridge the digital and physical worlds. They allow you to take in information and content visually, in the same way you take in the world. The recent development in the ARVR technology and content creation are creating new horizons not only in entertainment industry but also will impact advertising, marketing and eduction industry. Mr. Harsha Kikkeri will conduct a workshop on ARVR.

Mr. Rajan E.

Mr. Rajan E.
Director HR and Operations at PhantomFM

Time: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Mr. Rajan E. has 18+ years of experience in HR, Operations and strategizing media Industries, Design, Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, Advertising and AR,VR&MR

Visual effects allow filmmakers to create breathtaking imaginary universes and achieve stunts that would be impossible to film in the real world. VFX is very powerful mechanism which is highly popular and widely used in recent movies. Phantom studios have used VFX techniques in many of the blockbuster movies. Mr. Bejoy from Phantom Studios will show the making of the movie 'Beast' with mesmerising VFX effects used in the movie.

Mr. Ritesh Taksande

Mr. Ritesh Taksande
Director, MyFirstFilm

Time: 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Mr. Ritesh is experienced in Production Management, Shot Production, Media Management, Advertising & Film Making, Script Writer for TVC and Animated Series. He is founder of My First Film.

The Trends of Mobile Filming have brought peculiar changes to the filming industry. Film making is more about telling a story, mobile filming has broken that barrier too. MR. Ritesh with his wide experience in film making and telling stories through the lens of camera will guide the audience with the practical tips in producing films in this workshop.

Panel Discussion

OTT, TV & Film Production
AR VR – Immersive Media & New Age Skills
Ashish Kulkarni,
Founder Punnaryug Artvision Pvt. Ltd.

Considering the global opportunities and investments in the fast growing AVGC sector, Government of India also announced to set-up AVGC task force. The potential for job opportunities in the AVGC sector is humongous. The industry panel will discuss the growth, demand and new job roles, and employment opportunities in this sector.

Venue: Seminar Hall M 205
Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Keitan Yadav,
Chief Operating Officer, Redchillies VFX
Manish Agarwal,
CEO, Nazara Technologies Ltd.
Mr. Bharath Laxmipati,
Senior Vice President, Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd
Mr. Saurabh Dalmiya,
Vice President VFX & Strategy
Tejonidhi Bhandare,
CEO, Reliance Big Animation (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Munjal Shroff,
Director & COO, Graphiti Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.

International platforms like Netflix and Amazon are investing heavily in Indian content, especially regional languages. This means content production in Hindi and Regional language will get a huge boost. Along with this the genres are expanding too. This brings huge opportunities for OTT, TV, and Film Production. The panel of eminent industry experts from this content industry will elaborate about the entertainment business, and content production for OTT, TV and Films production.

Venue: Seminar Hall M 203
Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Amit Behal
Hon. General Secretary CINTAA
Vaibhav Kumresh
Director, Vaibhav Studios
Tejas Modak
Writer & Visual Artist, Euphoric Acid Design
Madhava Reddy (Mike)
Owner, Rotomaker India Pvt Ltd
Avneesh Gadgil,
Deputy General Manager - Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Immersive media, such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) has recently gained prominence in design education and entertainment industry. VR and AR based instruction setup that allows the collaborative discussions between faculty and students are remotely discussed. The 5G will bring high-speed internet and the audiences will embrace the prospective opportunities in this domain. The panel of eminent industry experts from AR and VR will highlight the New Age skills required in this field.

Venue: Auditorium
Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Mr. Harshavardhana Kikkeri,
CEO, Holosuit
Mr. Dinesh Chandar
CEO and Founder,O2 Animation Studios Private Limited
Ajay Parge
Founder, Digital Art
Prasad Ajgaonkar
Founder-Managing Director, iRealities


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