Advisory Council

International Polytechnic Advisory Council

International Polytechnic for Women offers a wealth of courses at further education, undergraduate level & post graduate level.

The disciplines we cover include: fashion & textile; interiors; fine art; communication & media; advertising & p.r.; tourism; teachers' education; office management; etc.

All courses combine creative development with strong vocational training.

Our entrepreneurial graduates can be found in every part & at every level of the creative & cultural sectors, from head of businesses to self-employed practitioners.

'Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.'

The IPAC has been formed to do just that...inspire you!

Educationally we want students to get good grades.

Professionally we want them to be employable.

Balancing these two things is key.

The IPAC members are renowned experts in their own fields & will not only be an asset to the institute but also act as a guiding light for the students.

Advisory Council Members

AMANPREET WAHI ( SUPERMODEL )

Being the undisputed debonair of modeling world for last 12 years, she is the uncrowned princess of Indian fashion industry , known for her alluring and seductive look. It’s hard to imagine the ramp scorching Amanpreet Wahi asking choreographers to tell her the way she should walk but this super model from Delhi was literally shuddering when she alighted on the ramp for the first time. Walking on the corridors of Jesus and Mary College, learning French and dreaming of exotic lands, modeling came to her as a pleasant serendipity, with which she fell in love , a little later. It was in her final year in the college, that she got a chance to host a show for Doordarshan and then a ramp show for famous choreographer, Rashmi Virmani which paved the way to the kaleidoscopic world of fashion. She soon won the Gladrags Supermodel Contest and stormed into the fashion world due to her 'femme fatale' looks.

Apart from fashion, she is also associated with many social issues like Breast Cancer, Children's Education, Female Foeticide , etc . But the cause she is mainly concerned about is AIDS awareness. She has also been a part of Mr. and Miss Teen competition for youth, organized in wake of AIDS awareness.

Dr. (MRS.) USHA RAM ( ACADEMICIAN )

As the ex- Principal, Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas Enclave, Dr. Usha Ram has had a holistic approach to education, which develops complete personalities of the students. She herself is a multi-faceted personality. Not only is she an active administrator but also with her dynamic leadership traits she has led the school to achieve new heights in academics, co-curricular activities, sports, social equity programmes etc. She has taken education into the society through programmes in social service and welfare project, which she continually conducts. A pioneer in the field of special education she is constantly endeavoring to integrate children with special needs, learning disabilities and under-privileged sections into the mainstream .She has setup special centers for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Important Decorations & Associations

  • Elected Member - Governing Body,CBSE
  • Rajya Shikshak Award by Government of Delhi 1996.
  • National Teachers’ Award from the President of India Shri APJ Abdul Kalam-2001.
  • Mahila Shiromani Award, for her excellent work in the field of education & social service.
  • U.N. Award for extraordinary contribution to cause of Literature.
  • Teachers Excellence Award by Indian Institute of Economic Studies for excellent work in education and management.
  • UNICEF Award for excellent community outreach programme.
  • Bharat Nirman Super Achiever Award in the field of Education.
  • Woman of the year Award 2003 by American Biographical Institute U.S.A.

Dr Usha Ram is also an author with many publications to her credit, most of her books are being used in schools today.

ROHIT SURI

Rohit Suri is a self taught creative photographer and filmmaker. Born in a family which had a legacy of photography as its business, Rohit started learning photography and image processing at a very young age, he started a manual colour lab with an enlarger at the age of 16, his quest for perfection and technical knowledge took him to Mumbai and overseas ,where he got trained under various photographers and technical masters in processing labs. The famous photographer from Mumbai, Hari Mahidhar, inspired him to create a modern studio in 'Delhi' which resulted in establishment of Studio V18, in Delhi, in 2004. Rohit is also the member of the Photographic Society of India, member of the Photographer's Guild of India, and member of the Photo Marketing Association International.
His friend, the late eminent fashion photographer, Jagdish Mali groomed him in fashion photography, with the result of which, he has been the official photographer for various fashion weeks such as Wills India Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week and many more for the past few years.
Rohit has photographed various artists, film and media personalities, writers and industrialists. He has also commissioned coffee table books and photographed for the Ministry of Tourism of Finland and Germany, he has also shot for magazines such as Asia spa, Millionaire Asia, Vogue and many more. There are 15 films in the Art World which have been directed and produced by Rohit, which include films on FN Souza, Himmat Shah, VidyaSagar Upadhyay, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, etc.

He has also been conducting workshops in Delhi at the National Gallery of Modern Art, NIFT, MGIHU- Wardha etc. He has also been on the board of Times Shoot Talent Management, IPW Delhi and jury at various photography and fashion events.

GAURAV ARORA ( INTERIOR DESIGNER )

With 15 years experience Gaurav Arora is known for seamlessly melding together the art of design and decorating with the business of a project management. Having traveled all over, his refined designs reflect different architecture, arts & cultures Gaurav Arora studied Economics (honors) at Hansraj College in New Delhi. Instead of taking the conventional route of doing Masters in Economics or an MBA he opted for a career path where his heart leads him. Gaurav studied Interior Design and during the course tenure started working at a design firm. In 2001 he decided to do something of his own, that's when Market Craft (Interiors and beyond) was founded. Gaurav Arora is the founder and Head Designer at Market craft , a leading Delhi based Interior Design firm for Residential and Commercial projects. Market craft has decorated and designed interiors for some of the biggest and most respected personalities. A non stereotype approach has made it possible for them to be entrusted with a variety of projects, ranging from - Corporate Interiors, Showrooms, Restaurants, Private Housing for High Profile Individuals, Professionals, NRIs, and Farm Houses, Exhibition spaces for national & international events.

John Powell ( HEAD-INDIA & SOUTH ASIA, QANTAS AIRWAYS )

John Powell is currently head of the Airline GSA marketing vertical with DNATA (a fully owned subsidiary of the Emirates Group). Up until 22nd July 2014 he headed Qantas Airways Ltd. as Manager India and South Asia. In his present role he continues to be responsible for all Qantas Airways commercial interests in India and S. Asia. John holds a Masters in Business Administration (Technology Management) from La Trobe University, Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University, Australia. He has also had the privilege to attend varied trade and skills courses across Asia during his tenure with Qantas. With 36 years in the aviation industry, John has been exposed to various aspects of the Aviation business including in-flight services, Airports and Sales. His wide experience in aviation has given him considerable international exposure to the travel industry.

Kaushik Ghosh ( DIRECTOR, BOLLYWOOD & FASHION EVENTS )

One of India's Leading Bollywood Fashion Show Director and Celebrity Show Host. He has directed and hosted more than 2000 Prestigious Fashion Shows, Fashion Weeks, Beauty Pageants and Bollywood Shows All over the World with Leading International and Indian Fashion Brands, Leading Designers, GO’S and For International Organizations LIke-Unicef, World Wildlife Fund, World Bank and United Nations. Kaushik Ghosh's Fashion Shows Features India's and International Leading Fashion Models, Miss. India's, Miss Universe Miss World and Renowned Bollywood Stars. Beside India--- Kaushik is Very Popular with Number of His Shows and Beauty Pageants in North America, Australia, China, Malaysia, Europe, Thailand and Singapore, Nepal and in Mauritius His Recent Brainchild Created and Conceptualized by Him-The Spectacular Palaash Miss India 2015 Beauty Pageant made him India's Highest Paid Beauty Pageant Director. Beside Hosting Numerous LIVE Shows All over the World Soon Kaushik Ghosh Will be Hosting an International Travel Show for an International Television Channel. He is the Official Fashion Show Director for International Polytechnic for Women’s annual fashion event, ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’, since the Year 2005.

Kumar Ashish ( SGM, HEAD-NORTH INDIA, ICICI BANK LTD. )

Mr. Kumar Ashish is a Senior General Manager with ICICI Bank, the largest private sector bank in India. He has close to 20 years of work experience in a variety of functions including Corporate Banking, Treasury, SME, Rural Banking and Retail Banking. He currently heads North India for ICICI Bank, managing a 15000 strong team and over 1000 branches of the bank across Delhi NCR, Punjab, Haryana, HP, J&K, Rajasthan, UP & Uttrakhand. Prior to this, he served as the Country Head for ICICI Bank's Rural, Microfinance and Agriculture business. During this tenure, he was also in-charge of the bank's initiatives towards Financial Inclusion and has worked closely with the Reserve Bank of India's committee on Financial Inclusion. He has also been on the Committee for Agriculture of the Federation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and has also served on the board of India’s largest MFI. Kumar is also a Member of the Board of IFBI, NIIT. Kumar was earlier involved in the foundation of the ICICI Bank’s Small & Medium Enterprises business, as the Head of the bank's Business Banking Group from 2003 to March 2007. He was also in-charge of the integration process post ICICI Bank’s acquisition of Bank of Rajasthan. Kumar has prior experience in marketing and brand management, in the FMCG and the NBFC industry. He began his working career in 1994, after pursuing his post-graduation in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and an MBA from the Mumbai University. He has done his graduation in Economics (Hons) from Kirori Mal College and has done Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Michigan University, USA and in Food & Agriculture from Cornell University, New York State. He is also a certified oraganization Development facilitator, from NTL Institute, USA.

NARESH KAPURIA ( PAINTER ARTIST - PAR EXCELLENCE )

Naresh Kapuria is one of the most creative contemporary artists whose understanding of the arts spans diverse disciplines. He has been awarded with the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government, one of the highest recognitions in the field of art; Award of excellence from the Romanian Government; the Order of the Crown from the Government of Belgium; the Charles Wallace Trust award UK and the Triennial of the India Award. Having more than 40 years of experience in the field using different mediums he has also designed several Festivals in India and abroad, Naresh Kapuria is an artist by soul.

RAHUL MAKIN ( RADIO JOCKEY/POET/MODEL )

He has been a topper in Physics and English which enticed to take literature as major after graduating in sciences. His intense interest in literature (both contemporary and classic) made him come out with flying colors in academics scoring 4th position in MA (English) in the university. Currently he is also pursuing Phd in English (his topic being studies in Indian Cinema). He has also attended various state and international level workshops and camps on theater, journalism, social and humanitarian issues, stress management and spirituality…. Known as Rj Rahul Makin he reflects and represents the YOUTH of Delhi. Born and brought up in the foothills of Himalayas, he has rightly been named as RAHUL by parents as he symbolizes not the guide but the RAH (the path) itself… Rahul has done many popular shows on radio like Love Guru, Ishqiya on RED FM and the current hot favourite PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA which airs on Fever 104 FM. His rich baritone voice and natural poetic style has won the hearts of many.. and has also won him many awards, like the RJ OF THE YEAR …

Rahul also features in the 'Limca Book of Records" for hosting a radio show for 105 hours, continuously, in the year 2009

RAJDEEP RANAWAT ( FASHION DESIGNER )

After Education at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Rajdeep went on to graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi in 2000. He gained vast exposure and experience with a French fashion house based in Paris, ’ISHWAR, S.A’ and trained himself in European embroideries, colors and silhouettes under the guidance of various commercial French designers. Thereafter he was appointed as the ‘chief designer’ for a New York based fashion house, and designed for the likes of brands such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, etc.. only to give him enough aptitude to launch his own brand label in 2004 for the domestic and the overseas markets. He fused European culture in terms of colors & embroideries, combined the feel of the Orient, the commercial charm of Vintage and the essence of the generic cuts of his silhouettes that ooze elegance and create stance for all…. ‘Rajdeep Ranawat’, the label first launched in Oct’2004 is synonymous to women with an aura of glamour and charisma. Concentrating on ‘art to wear’, deeply inspired with nature as the foremost mentor, the embellishments and embroideries with the use of exquisite materials in terms of silk and metallic threads, beads, pearls, sequins and SWAROVSKI elements. With silhouettes generic to all sizes, fabrics only pure, prints that are original, embellishments so rich, indeed enough to make a dazzling statement…

Rajdeep Ranawat is a famous luxury pret, resort, couture clothing & home furnishings designer.

Sanjeet Joher ( V.P. ASIA PACIFIC & MIDDLE EAST, COX & KINGS PVT.LTD )

He is Presently the Vice President- Combined Buying Group (Asia Pacific & Middle East) of COX & KINGS INDIA LTD. A leading global travel company based in United Kingdom and Mumbai founded in year 1758 with offices in 13 countries having multiple brands dealing in global travel & tourism with specialization in customized itineraries with 160 offices in India He has previously worked at KR PETERS, Victoria, Australia as a Development Consultant. Before this, he worked as CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TAMANI HOTEL MARINA, DUBAI In the past, he has served as the GENERAL MANAGER, DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD, which is the only dedicated global online wholesale travel company based in Dubai which connects travel agents, tour operators, wholesale travel companies and airlines in over 600 cities worldwide Mr. Sanjeet Joher also has the rich experience of working in Taj Group of Hotels for a period of 16 years , in the beginning of his career.

SHALINI VIG WADHWA ( ENTREPRENEUR )

She has 25+ years Multi industry corporate experience that includes Real Estate, Telecom, CSR & Hospitality. After 21 years in the corporate sector, heading communications & PR for companies like DLF, MTS, Paharpur, Radisson etc, Shalini launched “100 degrees Events & Entertainment” in 2010. The company focuses on conceptualizing events to build awareness for various social causes like Cancer, Autism and Child & Women welfare.


  • Felicitated with the prestigious 'Priyadarshini Award' for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs & Federation of International Women Entrepreneur at the 12th Global Women Entrepreneurs Conference, New Delhi.
  • Felicitated with 'The Bharat Nirman Award' for Entrepreneurship in 2013.
  • Nominated as 'Social Entrepreneur' by the Indo British Business Council for the year 2014 - 2015.
  • Mentor for the Business Divas

Shalini's ventures include

  • 'Festival of Hope' - A Cancer awareness Fashion event held in association with the Indian Cancer Society. The event celebrates the courage and spirit of Cancer Survivors. More than 15000 people have been associated with this event in the last three years. These include bollywood stars, designers, models, cricketers, doctors and many other professionals. Funds are raised to offer treatment to the needy and for the research and development via Indian Cancer Society.
  • Co-founder of 'Renge Art' - A company that provides the "Emerging Artist", a platform to promote their work via the right venue/audiences. Renge Art Walk, held in March 2012 was inaugurated by the Chairman of the DLF Group, at the DLF Golf & Country Club. More than 150 Artists from all over India & Abroad participated. International/ national events - DLF IPL; DLF Cup, Festival of Hope, Renge art walk etc
  • PR and Communications campaigns on a national and international level for select clients.

Shalini has done Masters in Business Management As well as PG diploma in Advertising, Journalism and Marketing from IPW…SHE IS AN ALUMNA OF OUR COLLEGE..!!!

SONIA JETLEEY ( FASHION DESIGNER )

Since graduating in 2003 from NIFT has been making a mark for herself in the Indian Fashion Industry. In 2004, as a most promising Indian designer she was invited to showcase her collection at the festival ‘INDIAN PASSAGE’ celebrating India and its culture. She showcased her collection at the prestigious 'Parsarya Grande', in Jakarta. Thus began her journey as one of the most promising designers to a star in the India design industry. She started showcasing her designs at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week from 2006 and continues to do so.

To evolve into a Master of Creativity while enjoying an entrepreneurial edge, is reflected in the outfits she designs. Her creations are popular as they are commercially viable and retailed in the well known fashion houses of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait, Canada, etc. The outfits designed by her reflect a fine mix of elegance and sensuality which create a beautiful silhouette. Her style can be defined as a fusion of modern trends and artistic influences in the form of the colors, the expressions used, in the prints and the embroidery inspired from India’s rich heritage.
SONIA JETLEEY IS A FASHION DESIGNER & ARTIST, PAR EXCELLENCE

VARIJA BAJAJ ( FASHION & INTERIOR DESIGNER, CONSULTANT, STYLIST, WRITER & ACADEMICIAN )

Couturier Varija Bajaj is a name to reckon with, in the Indian Bridal Segment. Her influence is Indian yet her clientele is global. She has designed for various actresses like Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin and Karishma Kapoor. Varija retails from her flagship store @ Defense Colony, in Delhi, apart from retailing from over 40 multi brand stores Pan-India. Being a successful entrepreneur, in an unorganized fashion sector, she is now a case study in ISB Hyderabad, the most reputed B-schools of the country. She has taught in over 12 fashion colleges apart from FMS, Delhi and Xaviers, Mumbai. Recipient of WOMEN’S ACHIEVERS AWARD IN FASHION’2011, Varija Bajaj is also an advisory council member of many other reputed institutes, apart from IPW.