Lucknow Dispelling the Covid gloom, hundreds of students from across India, Bangladesh and the Middle East participated in The Institute for Career Studies’ (ICS) International Painting Competition 2020, on November 10. Their brilliant artworks against the lush lawns of ICS created a riot of colours.
Despite the current challenges, the event attracted an overwhelming response with 525 entries from over 125 schools. These showcased the students’ interpretation of the competition theme – John Keats’ ‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’.
Dr. Amrita Dass, Founder Director, ICS, career-consultant and educationist, said, “The ICS Painting Competition-Exhibition is a unique initiative to nurture promising new artists in the early stages of their academic lives and give them a platform to showcase their creativity.”
This year, too, the top entries will feature in the signature ICS calendar (11th edition).
The panel of judges comprised art connoisseurs Ruth Leano, Chief Field Officer, UNICEF, Jayant Krishna, Group Chief Executive Officer of the UK-India Business Council, and Graphic Designer Ingella Gujral who is also a visiting faculty at the Lucknow University.
Shambhavi Mishra, a specially-abled student of Study Hall’s Dosti School, said, “The theme of the competition is very inspiring and encouraged me to bring out the best in me.” Dr Dass said the event was just one of the many ways in which ICS has strived to help students discover their talents and interests, and pursue their dreams. “As part of this effort, we recently launched our mobile app, ICS Career GPS. It provides high quality career guidance to students in these rapidly changing times,” she said.