There are leaders who not only navigate the present challenges but also envision a transformative future. An example of such leadership is, Mr. Nealesh Dalal, Founder of JD School of Design powered by JD Institute of Fashion Technology. He stands out as a visionary committed to empowering the youth and steering the course of education towards innovation and inclusivity.
Mr. Nealesh Dalal’s journey in the education sector bears the imprint of familial influence. His father, Mr. Chandrakant Dalal, and brother, Mr. RC Dalal, started JD Institute of Fashion Technology. In an era when design education struggled for popularity, their mission was clear – to ensure that numbers should not hold back talented students. Their zeal to make education accessible to all resonated deeply with him.
In the early years at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Mr. Nealesh Dalal played a key role in operations, planning, and managing events. This hands-on experience not only deepened his understanding of the intricacies of the education sector but also honed his leadership skills. Little did he know that these initial steps would lay the foundation for advancement, entrepreneurship, and an unwavering dedication to excellence.
He took on the mantle of leadership in 2002 and guided the institute to new heights. Under his stewardship, JD Institute of Fashion Technology evolved, adapting to the changing dynamics of the education sector. Mr. Nealesh Dalal’s foresight and dedication to providing students with a global perspective have resulted in affiliations with numerous international and national associations.
His commitment has extended beyond structured learning. He understood the profound impact of experiential opportunities, leading the establishment of JD School of Design. This institution,a true testament to his visionary approach, embraced the future of design with courses in augmented reality, digital design, and sustainable practices, ensuring students remain at the forefront of this dynamic field.
Mr. Nealesh Dalal has not only shaped the educational landscape but has also become a beacon for the youth, guiding them toward a future where India stands proud as a hub of design education.
His unwavering commitment to excellence has been recognised both through accolades bestowed upon JD School of Design and individual honours. The institute recently received the prestigious ‘Most Prominent & Trusted Design Institute of the Year 2023 India’ at The Elite Architecture & Interior Design Awards & Conference 2023. This accolade stands as a testament to the institution’s unwavering steadfastness to excellence. Notably, Mr. Nealesh Dalal was honoured as a new-age achiever making a positive impact on design and skill education by the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri. Pramod Sawant, at the Sakal Excellence Awards 2022 ceremony.
Mr. Nealesh Dalal’s impact has not been confined to the education sector, he forayed into entrepreneurship. In 1995, fuelled by a vision for staying ahead in the dynamic technological landscape, Mr. Nealesh Dalal founded XLNC InfoTech Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The company was a testing and repair center specializing in chip-level repairs and solutions. In 1998, he established Oorja, a Shoot Management Agency and the first project the organisation bagged was for BPL. The organisation swiftly made its mark, providing production, advertising, still shoots, and moving ads for leading brands such as Louis Philippe, Peter England, Chennai Super Kings, Jockey, and more. This foray into creative entrepreneurship underscored his ability to navigate both the technical and creative realms of the industry seamlessly.
Delving into the expansive tapestry of Mr. Nealesh Dalal’s journey, we encounter a narrative that transcends traditional boundaries. It encapsulates the spirit of fostering a culture of curiosity and a love for learning with an integration of technology to always stay ahead.