ARCH has been able to impact the lives of more than 2500 people as a result of the collaboration and social change projects with Government, Semi- Government bodies and NGOs. These programs are aimed at improving existing systems, knowledge dissemination, promoting entrepreneurship and conducting training courses for women, artisans and designers.
A delegation from 31 countries with 32 participants associated with the National Institute for Entrepreneurship & Small Business and Development (NIESBUD) visited ARCH College of Design & Business, Jaipur for International Programmes on Women & Enterprise Development (WED). The visit was to promote and develop entrepreneurship & income generation activities in India which would further transform them into an effective trainer's promoter.
A Campus Tour was conducted to showcase the new technologies in design and how they have been used in the classroom. Further on, Mrs. Archana Surana shared her entrepreneurial journey of ARCH 20 years ago.
Design clinic scheme is a distinct initiative in cooperation with MSME micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Govt. Of India and NID, Ahmedabad to conduct seminars, surveys and workshops to enable entrepreneurship based development courses for the jewellery cluster in Jaipur. The three staged course involves:
Stage one - Design sensitization seminar Business development through design intervention
Stage two - A need assessment survey – Feedback to the participating Jewellery firms.
Stage three - Design workshop to improvise processes and systems.
Other collaborations with MSME include entrepreneurship development programs to support and assist artisans and women in the field of Jewellery manufacturing, Fashion Design, Visual Merchandising, Interior Design and Artificial Jewellery Making.
Nearly 300 artisans have been trained so far, under the five-year, ARTISAN TRAINING PROGRAM, sanctioned by the DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER HANDICRAFTS (DCH), Ministry of Textile, Govt. Of India. These trainings are comprised of Skills Upgradation Courses for the artisans and the underprivileged in Fashion Textile, Leather, Metal, and Wood & Terracotta Craft. Workshops for Skill Mapping, Skill Identification, Product & Material Innovation, Finishes & Surface Treatments and Development of Craft products formed the highlight of the course.
ARCH has signed a MoU with the Rajasthan State Government under the RSLDC project which focuses on providing employment linked trainings to students and adults with a view to developing skills required for employment in the state. The MoU involves three courses under Photography, Videography and Wooden furniture and requires 100 students in each of these three courses to be trained for a period ranging from 2 months to 4 months. After completion of the course, ARCH will be providing placements to the enrolled learners. The resulting diploma awarded on completion of the course will be legally recognized all over India for employment opportunities.
ARCH designed and exhibited, in the 5th edition of Vastra and were winner of the First Award in the Institutional Category for best stall display in product range in the 6th edition Vastra -International Textile and Apparel Fair at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur. Vastra is a joint initiative by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), supported by the Government of Rajasthan and the Union Ministry of Textiles.
ARCH also showcased the collections of graduating year students in the fashion shows held for the buyers and industry.
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan supported Fashion Colloquia’ 2020 and was the Host State & & Patron. Principal Secretary, Tourism, Madam Shreya Guha (IAS), was the special guest of the Inaugural session on “Fashion Governance in a Local Context”.
The Department of Science & Technology, Government of Rajasthan sponsored a workshop on “New Technologies & New Paradigms - Stories of Transformation” during the Fashion Colloquia’ 2020. This track invites stories that trigger creative, disruptive and conscious fashion and design practices by applying technological developments combined with ideation and speculation.