Archana Surana

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Archana Surana
Born (1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 50)
🏳️ CitizenshipIndian
🏫 EducationUniversity of Delhi
  • South Delhi Polytechnic College for Women
  • De Montfort University
  • NIFT
💼 Occupation
Founder and Director of ARCH Academy of Design
👩 Spouse(s)
Rajeev Surana (Undated.)

Archana Surana (born 21st September, 1971) is an Indian Fashion Entrepreneur and Educationist. She currently serves as the Director of ARCH Academy of Design which she founded..[1] in the year 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Archana Surana was born in the traditional Kundalia family in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. Since childhood, Archana was bold, innovative and had a penchant for education. After completing her schooling from St. Thomas' School (New Delhi), Archana went on to pursue her Bachelor's Degree from Delhi University. Soon after, she pursued a two years’ diploma in Fashion Designing from the South Delhi Polytechnic College for Women and passed with a distinction. She also completed a professional course in Contour Fashion from De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom. A proud alumni of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), she specialized in a course in fashion illustration from this prestigious institution.

Early Career[edit]

Archana started her career in the year 1994 and served as a faculty member for fashion design at the South Delhi Polytechnic College for Women, New Delhi. After getting married to advocate Rajiv Surana, Archana moved to Jaipur. In the year 1995, she joined as a faculty member for fashion design at the JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Jaipur Centre. From the year 1996 to 1999, She served as the director at Deepshikha college of Fashion technology in Jaipur.

Founder and Director[edit]

Set up[edit]

With a vision to impart fashion education, Archana founded [2] the Arch Institute in a two room campus with an equipment donated by her friend. At this centre, she used to teach jewellery, fashion and interior designing. It has transformed into a strong community of 6,000 professionals, alumni, students and best-in-class teaching facilities across the state.

ARCH Role in Design Education under her Guidance[edit]

Archana founded the Arch College of Design and Business in the year 2000 with a vision to impart fashion education in the city and state in the best manner. Under her guidance, ARCH has made fashion education accessible to thousands of students from all across the country. She has played a pivotal role in the articulation and main streaming of Bachelor of Design Degree courses with the state University of Rajasthan. A widely traveled and noted speaker, she represents the institution in various International & National forums [3] [4]

ARCH Linkages[edit]

ARCH is affiliated to the University of Rajasthan for Bachelor of Design Degree (B.Des) and the Rajasthan ILD Skills University (RISU) for Bachelor and Master's in Vocational studies. ARCH in strategic partnership with Pearson, is accredited to deliver BTEC Level 5 HND qualifications in Art & Design. ARCH imparts specialized and industrially relevant education in the field of Interior, Product, Graphic, Fashion & Jewelry Design.

Incubation[edit]

Archana is credited with the setting up of Design Business Incubator – ‘HUBIn’ at the ARCH Campus to provide the necessary resources, services, coaching, mentoring & networking connections to develop business models based on design innovations and making them scalable through ‘start- up’ enterprises.

Recognition[edit]

She is distinguished as one of the first fashion educators and innovators of Rajasthan who laid the foundation of Fashion education in Rajasthan. She is also regarded as a woman icon who is known for her distinct working style, boldness and societal initiatives.

Women Mentors Forum[edit]

In the year 2015, Archana laid the foundation of Women Mentors Forum, Jaipur [4] & Udaipur [5] Chapter with a vision to mobilize passionate women from different walks of life and provide them a platform nurturing their dreams under the guidance of able mentors. The Women Mentors Forum (WMF) is a network of Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals who believe in inclusive growth.

Honours[edit]

  • 2019, Prerna Saman by Sh. Jain Swetamber Terapanth Mahila Mandal, Jaipur
  • 2016, Zee Rajasthan Women Empowerment Award by Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje
  • 2013, Unstoppable District Officer Award for serving, Interact Chair for Interact Clubs District. 3050 in 2012-13
  • 2012, Change Maker Award for her contribution in Community Service as President, Rotary Club Jaipur South, Rotary International District. 3050 in 2011-12
  • 2007, Received the Marg Drishti Award by the South Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi on its 40th Convocation Ceremony.
  • 2005, Awarded with Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for contribution in the field of design education[6]
  • 2004, Received the Young Entrepreneur Award by the Vyashya Bandhu Organization.
  • 2000, Received the Women Entrepreneur Award by International Jain & Vyashya Organization

Leadership Roles in other organizations[edit]

  • 2019, Appointed as Academic Council Member of India's first Rajasthan ILD Skills University (RISU) & Chairperson- Committee of Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards of RISU
  • 2015, Founder & Chairperson of Women Mentors Forum, Jaipur [4] & Udaipur [5] Chapter
  • 2014, Chairman, TIE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Business Plan Competition[7]
  • 2014, Team Leader Rotary Friendship Exchange Programme to Rotary International District 6880 Alabama United States
  • 2013, Vital Voices Global Partnership Inaugural LEAD Fellow
  • Founder Member of FICCI Ladies Organization, FLO, Jaipur[8]
  • Founding member of Terapanth Professional Forum (TPF), Jaipur Chapter & Convener, Career Counselling Camp by TPF in 2011
  • President - ARCH Educational Society, Jaipur[9]
  • MD - ARCH Apparel Exports & Aanapana, Design Shop
  • Owner & Editor-in-Chief – Backstitch, ARCH Design magazine

Research Initiatives[edit]

  • Hosting an International Research Conference Fashion Colloquia 2020 in Jaipur, India in Design, Media & Practice for responsible Fashion[10]
  • Co-authored chapter in book published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan “Cultural Governance in Global Context”
  • Hosted International Cultural Governance workshop in New Delhi as a part of a 9 country tour in 2017
  • Invitee Panelist on "Global Conversation in Cultural Management & Policy" at Brussels - Belgium during the 25th ENCATC Congress in October 2017
  • Key note speaker at the University of Antwerp, Belgium for the "Non Western Fashion Conference" in 2016.
  • Presented a Project proposal at the "Fashion Colloquia" in 2013 at the London College of Fashion (LCF), University of Arts London (UAL)

International Representation[edit]

  • She has represented institution in various International & National forums like the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI),[11] CUMULUS,[12] the World Design Organization (WDO) & Fashion Colloquia to explore opportunities for possible collaborations with other member institutions towards student & faculty exchanges & progression for higher studies.
  • ARCH is a full member of IFFTI [11] and is on the Education Industry Sub Committee as well as the Membership Sub Committee. She has attended IFFTI conferences from 2012 in Manchester, UK, China, Netherlands, Italy, Japan & India
  • ARCH is a full member of CUMULUS, she has attended conferences in Finland, France, Denmark & India
  • She is a Member of the Scientific Committee Fashion Colloquia 2019 at ROME. She was invited by the London College of Fashion (LCF) to present a Project proposal at the Fashion Colloquia 2013 held in London.
  • She would be attending the World Design Organization Conference in Hyderabad in 2019.

Achievements[edit]

  • 2019, Appointed as Academic Council Member of India's first Rajasthan ILD Skills University (RISU) & Chairperson- Committee of Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards of RISU
  • 2019, Flag Bearer Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk [13] [14] from 2011 -2019
  • 2016, Introduced "Anapana" (i.e. awareness of respiration) a form of meditation, at ARCH
  • 2015, Founder & Chairperson of Women Mentors Forum,[15] Jaipur & Udaipur Chapter
  • 2014, Chairman, TIE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Business Plan Competition
  • 2014, conceived a Traveling Exhibition- Design Dhaara 2014, the first Design Travel Exhibition of Rajasthan. It was flagged off by Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Chief Minister of Rajasthan
  • 2014, Team Leader Rotary Friendship Exchange Programme to Rotary International District 6880 Alabama USA
  • 2013, Vital Voices Global Partnership Inaugural LEAD Fellow
  • 2010, Awarded with the Vital Voices Exxon Mobile Challenge Grant for Vital Arch Women Leadership Program to develop business and entrepreneurial skills amongst women
  • 2010, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (MPHF) of the Rotary Foundation (2005)
  • 2009, Selected for an Exchange Program between Sweden Entrepreneur Centre and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)
  • 2008, Covered by Leading Ladies coffee table book published by Dainik Bhaskar Group.
  • 2007, sponsored by AVON GLOBAL for the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit 1- 3 October at Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, California.
  • 2007, On invitation attended FORTUNE Global Forum at New Delhi.
  • 2007, A US State Department Alumnus, she Participated in Vital Voices Global Partnership, the International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program launched by the U.S. State Department and FORTUNE Magazine at Washington DC & New York, United States.
  • 2005, Selected as a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Member, by the Rotary International to visit Switzerland in 2005
  • 1988, Head girl of the school cabinet, St. Thomas School, Mandir Marg, New Delhi.

Honored as Jury member by Ashoka Youth Venture Awards, Jewellery Association Show (JAS) 2018; VASTRA - An International Textile and Apparel Fair 2018" by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO); by Ministry of Tourism on Gangaur Festival; on Teacher's Day by Lions Club; Young Achiever Award by Jacees Club & for her contribution in field of Fashion design by the International Jain & Vyashya Organization

Institutional Membership[edit]

  • Member of International Design bodies like International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), World Design Organisation (WDO), CUMULUS
  • Member of bodies like Fashion Design council of India (FDCI), Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) & Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
  • 2007-19, Invitee Member, State Council of Confederation of India Industry, CII Rajasthan & Co convener Panel of Technical Education for two years

Personal Membership[edit]

  • Charter Member of TIE, The Indus Entrepreneurs & Executive Member of TIE for two years Jaipur Chapter
  • 2016-18, Member, National Governing Board FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)
  • 2017-18, Core Member, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council (SCWEC)
  • Founder Member of FICCI Ladies Organization, FLO, Jaipur
  • Founding member of Terapanth Professional Forum (TPF), Jaipur Chapter & Convener, Career Counseling Camp by TPF in 2011
  • Patron Member Jaipur Citizen Forum
  • Member of State Level Project Committee, Industries Department, Govt. of Raj.
  • Member of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Jaipur
  • Member of Governing Body of Rajasthan State Productivity Council
  • Member of Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Corporate and Education Council Member of AIESEC (an International Youth Organization)

Personal life[edit]

Archana Surana is married to Rajeev Surana who is an advocate in Rajasthan High Court. They have two children, Manan and Tanmay Surana.

Personal Interests[edit]

  • MEDITATION: She has taken three, 10 days courses of Vipassana, one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. She has also done a one seven days’ course in Satipaṭṭhāna meditation practice.
  • FASTING: A firm believer in terapanth religion, she has done full fasting (tapasaya) for four times for 15 days each, twice for 8 days and one for 10 days.
  • HEALING: Has done various courses in Pranic Healing
  • PLAY: GOLF
  • MOTIVATIONAL TALKS & WORKSHOPS: She has conducted workshops on professional practice, mentoring, entrepreneurship skills etc. at various government & private institutions
  • TRAVEL: Has traveled more than 15 countries

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