- About the Founder & Principal
Backstage Pass Institute of Gaming and Technology is India’s leading professional college offering bachelor’s and advanced diploma courses in game development, game programming, game art & game design and augmented reality & virtual reality. Our Journey In 2010, we started with 8 students. Today, we are a proud institution where 300+ student gamers congregate every day to learn, explore, and create gaming experiences. We are India’s only institution that has been teaching gaming for about a decade now. The Evolution of Our Collaborations We started our collaboration with JNAFAU long ago. Starting in 2019, another mighty partner Lincoln University College, Malaysia, collaborated with us. The Expansion of Footprint For 9 long years, we operated from Hyderabad. In 2019, we established 2 more campuses, Bengaluru and Pune.
Our interdisciplinary programmes prepare students for a successful career in the gaming industry. Holistic Education in Gaming. We are the only gaming college in India to provide practical and application-oriented skills in game art, game design and game programming. We offer a liberal environment to students to help them explore their creativity and be able to develop and implement their ideas into real games. We Don’t Teach. We Mentor. Yes, that is our methodology to enable students to acquire the multi-faceted talents required for the gaming industry. While giving a firm grounding in academics, we ask students to use their creativity to learn from mentors. It is this freedom that our students value the most. World-class Mentors. Chosen based on their expertise and experience in developing games, mentors play an important role in the students’ learning experience. They support the students to enter the gaming industry confidently. Qualified Mentors. While their academic qualifications, teaching credentials matter, we choose mentors who have the relevant industry experience. Curriculum Matches the Industry Needs. Develop and maintain programmes that help students quickly transition into the gaming industry. We evolve the course structure every year to align our curriculum with the needs of the game industry. Association with Game Companies. Game companies such as Purple Talk, Sumo Video Games, EA Sports, Gameshastra, Gamitronics, Streetlamp Games, Sony India, Dhruva Interactive, GoLive Games, YesGnome, Glu Mobile, [x]cube Labs, Hitwicket, Ubisoft, and so on recruit our students as interns and employees. They also organise seminars, workshops, and company tours for our students. The interaction with the industry always leaves a profoundly positive impact on the young and aspiring minds. Backstage Pass Students are Prepared to Take on the World. Internship opportunities are available for our students in the third year of their bachelor’s degree programme. Students who pursue internships gain 1.5 years of work experience by the end of the fourth year. Funding Games. At Backstage Pass, we encourage and promote student games by funding the most creative games designed and developed by the students. We also help the students to showcase these games at competitions in India and abroad. Here are some of our award-winning student games Alumni Relations. We stay in touch with alumni. We help our current students to reach out to the alumni for mentoring and refer our alumni to game companies for recruitment.
Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) is a premier state university in Hyderabad that imparts high-quality education in the field of fine arts, design, architecture and visual communication. The university collaborates with colleges offering courses in Game Development, VFX, Film and Media, and Design. These specialised courses serve the creative needs of various sectors like realty, entertainment, technology, and so on. Affiliation with JNAFAU Backstage Pass is affiliated with JNAFAU, Hyderabad, under the “Industry Institutional Partnership” programme to support the multifaceted needs of the gaming industry. Bachelor’s Degrees in Hyderabad: Affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), Backstage Pass at Hyderabad provides the following game development courses. These courses culminate in obtaining bachelor’s degrees offered only at the Hyderabad campus. Duration: 4 years 1. Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Game Development. 2. Bachelor’s in Game Art and Design. 3. Bachelor’s in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR & VR). Lincoln University College (LUC), Malaysia: The Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA – National Accreditation Board), approved Lincoln University College (LUC) to provide higher education. LUC has been offering its courses worldwide since 2002. Lincoln University College is also the associate member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, and a member of International Association of Universities (AIU), Paris. The founders have a collective experience of about 50 years of imparting higher education and post-secondary education and professional training. They are committed to teaching and helping students reach their potential in education, research, and employment. Collaboration with Lincoln University College, Malaysia In collaboration with LUC, Malaysia, we offer the following advanced diploma in gaming in India: (Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune Locations) 1. Advanced Diploma in Game Development. 2. Advanced Diploma in Game Art & Design. 3. Advanced Diploma in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR & VR) We are offering advanced diploma programmes for 3 batches between June 2019 and March 2020. The start dates are: Batch I: June 2019 Batch II: October 2019 Batch III: February 2020
Founder Surya has over 17 years of experience in animation, visual effects and game development. In his long career, he worked as Character Animator at Firefly Creative Studios and Lead 3D Artist at Innova Solutions. Surya was a Character Animator for the film titled Anji that won the National Award for Best Visual Effects. He also worked as Lead for developing game art assets and documentaries for the History Channel and visual effects for several projects, including a project that was screened at Cannes in 2007. When he needed to hire, he could hardly find candidates with the right skillsets. This made him think through the resource scarcity and led him to start Backstage Pass in 2010. Since its establishment, Backstage Pass has come to be known as the best technical institution for learning Game Design and Development in India. With an eye for quality and sophistication, Surya chooses and works with the best talent from the gaming industry. He is always on the lookout for top game artists, game designers, game developers, and other specialists to join Backstage Pass as mentors to share their knowledge and experience with students. His constant endeavours have brought him wide recognition. He is the winner of the Times Education Icon award in the Gaming category for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018-19. He envisages Backstage Pass Institute of Gaming and Technology as the top gaming college in India that creates the best talent in game art, game design, and game development to meet the growing needs of the gaming industry. Principal Professor Bala Krishna teaches programming, game programming and computer science at Backstage Pass. He joined Backstage Pass in 2010 and has a total work experience of over 18 years. In his prior engagements, he was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Head of Department at various engineering colleges for 8 years. He was also a Training Consultant with MNCs such as Wipro, Satyam Learning Centre, Intergraph and Verizon Technologies. He has presented technical and research papers in national and international conferences and journals. Mr. Balakrishna holds Master of Technology (Computer Science) from JNTUH, Hyderabad, Master of Computer Applications from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and Bachelor of Science in Electronics from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur.