DreamCatcher training – Day 2!!

Refreshed, rejuivanated and sporting their brand new T-shirts, our trainees thronged the Dream:in centre on day 2 looking very maroon!

The day started off with a very interesting session conducted by Hemant Sahal, a member of the Dream:in team. Being an entrepreneur himself and with his experience in dealing with innovation and youth, Hemant was able to engage the audience with his thought provoking exercises. He showed the students a very inspiring video and used that as a tool to help the students understand the reason behind a persons’ dream.

Hemant, speaking to the students

Hard at work!

Following Hemant, was Professor Pathare’s session on ‘practicals with cameras’! Professor Jeevan is the coordinator for the Photography Department at National Institute for Creative Communication (NICC).  He made a presentation called ‘the art of seeing’. He shared in detail tips on capturing moments and getting the best parts of a persons’ dream on video. The students were fully involved and got a practical lesson in taking different kinds of shots.

Professor Jeevan giving tips on capturing dreams

Professor Prakash, explaining the ethnographical aspect of capturing dreams

To get an idea into the ethnographical aspect of capturing Dreams, Professor Unakal from Welingkar Business School, was invited. His presentation was very informative and featured a project called “E-Doot”. He explained to the DreamCatchers how ethnographical work can be used to understanding people.

After a quick and hurried lunch, our trainees returned with some excitement. Why? It was camera distribution time! The students lined up and received Handycams in pairs, ready for some practical experience. The pairs were instructed to capture each others dreams using all the information given to them for the last two days.

DreamCatchers catching dreams!

Ready, Set… Shoot!

So, off went the students, some looking for nook and corners and others seeking larger, outdoor spaces. Soon, there was a hushed murmur around every corner as dreams were being captured!

Watching our DreamCatchers capture each others dreams against the backdrop of the Bangalore rain was a very lovely sight indeed.

After all the dreams were captured, the next agenda was to transfer the videos to a laptop for review, and we were thankful to Clinton for helping us out!

As the review of the videos started, so did the laughs! While some videos were good, some were inaudible, out of focus, interrupted and overall very funny! But, the Dreamcatchers were able to realize their mistakes and shortcomings thanks to the inputs from ProfessorPathare, Siddharth, Avy and Sonia. There was a better understanding among the students of the how, what and why of capturing dreams by the end of this session.

And then, it was time to say goodbye to our first batch of DreamCatchers. They were all awarded certificates of completion of the ‘DreamCatcher training” workshop.

The Graduates!

The last order of the day was a group picture of the now official DreamCatchers with the Dream:in team members!

We thank the DreamCatchers for taking the time out to be a part of this exercise and taking forward our mission to empower the youth of this nation! We look forward to the Dreams they capture!

DreamCatcher training session -Day 1 !!

The Dream:in DreamCatching training session was held at Idiom Design and Consultancy on the 13th-14th of October. Two days of learning, exchanging ideas and having fun were planned for our 28 DreamCatchers in the making.


Day 1, saw our young dreamcatchers turn up at Idiom, bursting with energy and a fair amount of curiosity.

The first session for the day was conducted by Rahul, a Dream:in team member. This session focused on Dream:in, what we do and what our Next Gen project is all about.





The DreamCatchers were shown some of our earlier work and movies, to get an insight into the ideology and projects of Dream:in.

The Dreamcatchers in turn asked some really interesting questions about the Next Gen journey and conclave. The Q&A session with Sonia Manchanda, CCO and Kush Medhora, CEO, was vibrant and intelligent and it definitely set the pace for the rest of the training.



After a quick burst of caffeine we moved on to our second session for the day.

This session focused on the role of DreamCatchers in the Next Gen journey. The students were briefed about DreamCatching with assistance from Siddharth Vaidyanathan, a student of NICC Bangalore. Siddharth shared his experiences of being a DreamCatcher with the previous Dream:in journey and answered the queries of the audience.

And, then it was time for lunch! Everyone present sat together, chatting while eating some south Indian fare, that was unfortunately a little too spicy for our Brazilian team members!

Post lunch, the Dreamcatchers were taken through some theoretical aspects of capturing dreams. The Dreamfruit theory of understanding a person was explained by Avy, a memeber of the Dream:in team.This was followed by a very interactive exercise where all the participants were paired and asked to discover their partner and their dreams.



A lively chatter built up in the room as the participants opened up about them selves, their fears and their dreams. Some of the members of the audience came forward and explained the outcome of their discussion with their partners.

This session instilled confidence in the participants and most of them commented on how much this exercise helped them in self discovery. Interestingly there was a larger connect within the room and there were no more strangers in the room!

The new found friendship between the participants was evident as they settled into the next session on ‘Quick and dirty film fundas’. This session was moderated by Rakesh and Shaheer from Paper Plane Productions, who gave the participants some easy tips to capturing better shots with their cameras.

This session was followed by a presentation made by Ana Carolina Ribeiro, a member of the Dream:in team who previously worked with Dream:in Brasil. She shared her experience of working as a DreamCatcher and as an integral part of the Dream:in Brazil team.

The day ended with distribution of the DreamCatcher T-shirts to the participants, who happily posed and clicked, ready to return on Day 2!

NICC students visit Dream:in office

The Dream:in office played host to a group of students from National Institute of Creative Communication (NICC), Bangalore, a design school, yesterday morning! They were invited to our office to discuss the opportunity of  becoming Dream Catchers. The students belonged to the undergraduate and postgraduate streams in Visual Communication, Photography and Cinematography.

The students got a brief introduction to the history, methodology, process and projects undertaken by Dream:in and were then presented with the Next Gen plan. They articulated their responses and ideas about why Dream:in as a great way to empower the youth.  The majority of the students were excited by the exposure that a Dream Catcher would get, especially through the methodology of capturing the dreams of others.

One of the aspects of the Dream:in enterprise which grabbed the interest of the students was that it would be instrumental in helping society by giving people a chance to step closer to making their dreams a reality.

The enthusiasm and the  viewpoints of these young people was infectious and reassured us again about the possibilities that rest with the youth and in Dream:in. We look forward to having them as our DreamCatchers!


Q1) Hey Paola! Welcome to Dream:in! We are thrilled to have you on board with us and we really want to know how you stumbled upon Dream:in and took the decision to come all the way from Brazil to join us?

I worked at a company that sponsored the DREAM:IN Conclave in Brazil and fell in love with the idea. I already wanted to work for businesses that transform the world and living in Asia was something that I also wanted to do, but still hadn’t had the opportunity. Coming to DREAM:IN fulfils these 2 dreams: making the difference and living in a place that is completely different from what I am used to.

Q2) You had the opportunity to travel to some colleges in Coimbatore and capture the dreams of the students. What were the most interesting moments from that trip?

Apart from seeing an elephant crossing the road, going to amazing places that I would never go to if I didn’t have this opportunity and having real Indian food, it was a very inspiring experience! It is awesome to see how big students can dream and how excited they were about DREAM:IN Next Gen. I’ll definitely remember this travel my whole life!

Q3) What are your expectations from the work you will do at Dream:in?

I expect to contribute as much as I can to make these dreams come true! It has already been an enriching experience and it’s still just the beginning. From a personal view, I expect to develop myself, deepen my understanding of the Indian culture and learn new things every single day. I’m also writing a blog about my experience here! It’s still only in Portuguese and the link is: www.terceiroolho.com .

Q4) What is your personal dream?

This is something that I’ve been asking myself and still don’t have an exact answer. I have many dreams in my mind, but my ultimate goal is to be happy. Everyday I’m finding different ways of achieving it: helping people, writing, learning, travelling, going out with friends… And, indeed, coming to DREAM:IN was one of them!


225 B-schools, 52 engineering colleges close in 2 years

Hemali Chhapia, TNN Oct 8, 2012, 02.22AM IST

MUMBAI: When the sun of the new millennium came up, shining on the aspirations of a young India, it marked the golden age for professional education. In the early part of the last decade, hundreds of new institutes came up and thousands of aspirants queued up to join them. That was a time when the country added up to one lakh seats to its professional colleges every year.

A decade later, the picture is one of stark contrast in technical professional colleges: since 2011, 225 B-schools and over 50 engineering colleges across India have downed shutters. Many more colleges have trimmed programmes, branches of engineering or streams in the management course.

On the academic floor, the Master of Business Administration programme was once supreme. Arrogantly and unambiguously, it became the final sign-off to schooling, attracting not only those interested in business but also those who wanted to master the tools of management.

Now, for the first time, overall growth of MBA education is negative in the books of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). In 2011-12, 146 new B-schools came up and 124 that were already running closed down. This year so far, 101 management colleges have closed down, only 82 have started.

Similar is the story with the Master of Computer Application (MCA) course—84 colleges stopped offering the programme this year; only 27 started MCA courses.

For students who choose not to apply to an MCA college, the decision is a no-brainer: with many more engineering seats available now, an undergraduate would rather earn a BTech degree followed by a two-year master’s than enrol for a bachelor’s in computer application and back it up with a three-year MCA that would also eat up six years.

Alive to the problem, the AICTE has decided to allow colleges to offer a five-year dual degree programme and also permit graduates of science, BSc (computer science) and BSc (information technology) to jump to the second year of the MCA course. Yet, the small positive growth in the sector is from the engineering colleges where new institutes are coming up faster than closures taking place, largely in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

S S Mantha, AICTE chairman, said: “This is a turning phase for the professional education sector. Colleges in remote India and institutes of poor quality are not getting students. And for colleges, there is just one key to attracting students: institutes need to be top-of-the-line colleges. There is no payoff in running a bad college.”

Joining a professional college was once the pinnacle of an Indian student’s career for the seats were far outnumbered by aspirants. So students often happily chose anonymous professional colleges. But over time, they were put off by any of three reasons: poor quality of teaching, lack of adequate faculty or no job offer at the end. “A young graduate would rather take up a job or prepare harder for another shot at an entrance exam which is the gateway to a better college,” said an IIT director.

The problem is also linked to the slowdown, said IIM-Ahmedabad director Samir Barua. The job market has been tight for a couple of years. Earlier, many would give up a job to get an MBA and then re-enter the job market after pumping up their CV. “They are hesitant to take such a risk now. The pressure is being felt and applications for MBA are falling. But undergraduate programmes like engineering would not feel the same tension as everyone still at least wants their first college degree,” explained Barua.



Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy on Wednesday, 12th September 2012, said that the state will give 20% attendance and 4% grace marks for student entrepreneurs. He was speaking at the inauguration of Emerging Kerala, a three day event showcasing Kerala as an investor friendly destination. He had mentioned that the policy will be implemented and that the order will be issued within 30 days time.

The Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/30daystofreedom marks the 30-day countdown and showcases the support of the community to this landmark policy change.  This initiative is expected to have implications in converting Kerala state to a Silicon Coast and lay the foundations of the next gen Google & Facebook enterprises to emerge from campus start-ups.

Other attempts in Kerala seeking to strengthen student entrepreneurship initiatives include Startup Village




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