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Maya Academy mulls more centres abroad

K V Kurmanath

Hyderabad April 22 Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), the academic wing of Maya Entertainment Ltd, is planning to increase its presence abroad by opening centres in Colombo, Dubai and Jordan in the next few months.

Also on the radar are Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, according to Mr Kingshuk Gupta, General Manager and Ms Aruna Kumar, General Manager (Operations - South). The company has already opened two centres in Abu Dhabi and one each in Singapore, the UK and Nepal, they told Business Line.

MAAC offers courses in 3D animation, visual effects and post-production techniques. "We will open our centre in Colombo next month," they said. They were here early this week in connection with the launch of the 54th centre and the third in Hyderabad.

Focus on South

After consolidating its presence in the West and North, MAAC was now focussing on the South, which had been evolving into an animation hub. "There is a huge potential in this region. Many studios are coming up in Bangalore and Hyderabad as companies find more and more skilled animators being generated in these cities," Mr Gupta said.

There was a huge potential to develop the localised content, with Indian companies evolving from mere providers of outsourced jobs into developers of indigenised content, they said.

Bank linkages

The company offered bank linkages to the students joining the courses. Central Bank collected only interest on the loan they gave to the students during the course period. "The students can repay the loans after getting jobs," Ms Aruna Kumar said.

The company was talking to Syndicate Bank to offer a similar scheme. "We ourselves offer them payment of fee in instalments, spread out through the course period," she said.

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