IDC School of Design

Design Education 2019


Design education in its modern form was kindled in India with establishment of NID in 1963. Industrial Design Center was set up in 1969 by the Government of India under the auspices of Indian institute of technology Bombay. Prof. V. N. Adarkar was the Adviser for the first five years. Prof. Sudhakar Nadkarni took up the headship and was responsible for setting up of IDC. It began with an academic programme in industrial design. Aims and objectives put down by the committee for formation of the center were: "The aim of the Industrial Design Center is to prepare students to enter into new creative activities as professional industrial designers who with experience and maturity can reach the highest level of design practice, research and development necessary for the industry.

As the design center emerged, it was realized that industrial design in a developing country with its varied cultural heritage has a vital role to play in national development. It soon became clear that a profession constantly dealing with development and the future of people will have to inculcate values in the society appropriate to fulfill the physical, social and cultural needs and aspiration of the people; in a manner acceptable to the majority. The efforts at the center have been concentrated on the task of inculcating these 'desirable values' through education, practice and propagation.

These efforts were assisted by UNDP funds in the early eighties, which helped IDC in evolving a two year postgraduate program in industrial design. The Masters of Design program in Industrial Design was started in 1980. Taking advantage of the on going UNDP assistance, IDC also started a masters program in Visual Communication (Communication Design) in 1984. This masters program has evolved as strong program and the students are very well received in the industry. IDC expanded its MDes programme by starting post graduate level programmes in Interaction Design, Animation Design and Mobility Design in 2006. The doctoral programme is also initiated to encourage a new generation to give strong design research support for all design activities.

During the last five decades there have been many changes in the design education scene in the country. With better awareness in design, emerged a greater scope for designers in industry. There are now many government as well as privately funded educational institutes offering educational programmes in Design. Many engineering, architecture as well as fine art colleges has ventured new design programmes.

IDC is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in year 2019-2020. Taking this opportunity, we are hosting this Design Education Symposium to bring together leaders in design education from different design institutes in India. Objective of this symposium is to take an overview of Design education today and to initiate a discussion on Design Education for future.


NID started the first undergraduate diploma programme in design in 1964. For many years, this was the only undergraduate programme in design in India (later this diploma programme was converted into a degree programme). It comprises of design foundation (fundamental courses) leading to various specialisations.
IIT Guwahati started the first undergraduate level degree programme in 1997. It is an integrated programme (without specialisations) balanced with few engineering courses. In past two decades more private institutes like Srishti, MIT Pune, initiated BDes. IDC started its BDes programme in 2015. With the availability of a national level entrance examination UCEED many more institutes are joining hands to offer BDes programme. Many engineering programmes have started adopting design courses to bring creativity and innovation in engineering at undergraduate level.

With this background, the symposium will mainly focus on design education at
Undergraduate level. We would like to deliberate on the following:
1. Design Pedagogy
(a) Design Fundamentals
(b) Integrated Design vs Specialisations
(c) Models of Design Learning
2. Introducing Design and Innovation in Engineering Curriculum
(a) Design Course + Design Project
(b) Minor in Design
3. Recommendations for Design Curriculum


  • Day 1: 15th March 2019, Venue: VMCC, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

    9.00 - 9.10

    Welcome and Inauguration

    9.10 - 9.40


    Session 1    Session Chair:    G V Sreekumar

    9.40 - 9.55

    Sudhakar Nadkarni

    9.55 - 10.10

    Ravi Poovaiah

    10.10 - 10.25

    Ravi Mokashi Punekar

    10.25 - 10.40

    L K Das

    10.40 - 11.00

    Q & A + Discussion

    11.00 - 11.30

    Tea Break

    Session 2   Session Chair: Phani Tetali

    11.30 - 11.45

    S. Balaram

    11.45 - 12.00

    A G Rao

    12.00 - 12.15

    Amaresh Chakrabarti

    12.15 - 12.30

    Uday Athavankar

    12.30 - 12.50

    Q & A + Discussion

    12.50 - 01.00

    Introduction to working group discussion in four parallel sessions

    01.00 - 2.30


    Session 3 Working Group Parallel Session A


    WG I

    WG II

    WG III

    WG IV

    4.00 - 4.30

    Tea break

    Session 4 Working Group Parallel Session B

     4.30 - 6.00

    WG I

    WG II

    WG III

    WG IV

    7.00 - 10.00

    Dinner (Gulmohar Resturant, IIT Bombay, 3rd Floor)

  • Day 2: 16th March 2019, Venue: VMCC, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

    Session 5 Session Chair: Nishant Sharma

    9.30 - 9.45

    Suresh Sethi

    9.45 - 10.00

    Mahendra Patel

    10.00 - 10.15

    Peer Sathikh

    10.15 - 10.30

    Malti Gaekwad

    10.30 - 10.40

    B K Chakravarthy [Open Design School]

    10.40 - 11.00

    Q & A + Discussion

    11.00 - 11.30

    Tea Break

    Session 6 Working Group Parallel Session C

    11.30 - 1.00

    WG I

    WG II

    WG III

    WG IV

    1.00 - 2.30


    Session 7 Working Group Parallel Session D

    2.30 - 3.30

    WG I

    WG II

    WG III

    WG IV

    3.30 - 4.00

    Tea break

    Session 8 Presentations

    4.00 - 4.15

    Group 1 presentation

    4.15 - 4.30

    Group 2 presentation

    4.30 - 4.45

    Group 3 presentation

    4.45 - 5.00

    Group 4 presentation

    5.00 - 5.30

    Concluding Session

    5.30 - 6.00

    Hi Tea

  • Working Groups

    Working Groups



    Working Group I

    Integrated design Vs Specialization

    Peer Sathikh and Ravi Poovaiah

    Working Group II

    Design Fundamentals

    Suresh Sethi and Avinash Shende

    Working Group III

    Models of design learning for future

    R Venkatesh and D Udaya Kumar

    Working Group IV

    Role of design in technical education

    B K Chakravarthy and Deepak J Mathew


Ramesh Narayana Rao, Acharya School of Design
Bindoo Ranjan, Acharya School of Design
Peer Sathik, ADM, NTU Singapore
Jatin Bhat, Ambedkar University Delhi
Farooqi Ambedkar, University Delhi
Amit Seth, Ananth University
Ratan Gangadhar, Ananth University
Surabhi Khanna, Ansal University Gurgaon
Manika Walia, Ansal University Gurgaon
Debkumar Chakrabarti, CIT Kokrajar
Amaresh Chakrabarti, CPDM IISC Bangalore
Kiran Sabnis, Design Educator
S Balram, DJ Academy
Ravi Mokashi Punekar, DoD IITG
Aparna Surve, IESCA, Mumbai
Bhargav Mistry, IICD, Jaipur
Shekhar Chatterjee, IIITDMJ
Shantanu Bhattacharya, IIT Kanpur
Mainak Das, IIT Kanpur
Srinivasan Venkataraman, IITD
Sumer Singh, IITD
P V Madhusudhan Rao, IITD
Udaya Kumar, IITG
Pankaj Upadhyay, IITG
Deepak John Matthew, IITH
Seema Krishnakumar, IITH
Upasana Bhandari, IITH
Rajan Iyer, UPES
Malti Gaekwad, MS University Baroda
Manisha Phadke, Narsee Monjee
Rupa Agarwal, NIFT Mumbai
Sanjeevani Ayachit, Symbiosis Pune
Pranita Ranade, Symbiosis Pune
Mahendra Patel, Symbiosis Pune

Ajanta Sen, IITB
Tanaya Vyas, Nirma University Ahmedabad
Kanupriya Taneja, Nirma University Ahmedabad
Om Singh, Sharda University
Pithamber R. Polsani, Shristi Bangalore
Ramesh Kulkur, Srishti Bangalore
Dipu George, TKM School of Architecture Kollam
George Jacob, TKM School of Architecture
Suresh Sethi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Aparna Bhirangi, Vishwaniketan
Saleem Ahmed, VIT University Vellore
Solomon R, VIT University Vellore
Sangeeta Patil, Viva Institute
Sangita Patil, Viva Institute
Agat Sharma, Pearl Academy
Kiran Dalal, Pearl Academy
Girish Dalvi, IDC IITB
Avinash Shende, IDC IITB
R Venkatesh, IDC IITB
Sugandh Malhotra, IDC IITB
Pramod Khambete, IDC IITB
Uday Athavankar, IDC IITB
Nishant Sharma, IDC IITB
B K Chakravarthy, IDC IITB
Anirudha Joshi, IDC IITB
Swati Pal, IDC IITB
Mandar Rane, IDC IITB
Phani Tetali, IDC IITB
P. Kumaresan, IDC IITB
Jayesh Pillai, IDC IITB
Roopa N Sahoo, IDC IITB

Pratiti Sarkar, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Sanket Pai, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Rupesh Uppinivalasa, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Madhuri Sasupilli, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Shalaka Dighe, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Deepshikha Dash, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Swayamsiddha P, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Debjani Mukharjee, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)
Shivranjani J, IDC IITB (Student Volunteer)


IDC School of Design

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Powai, Mumbai 400 076, India

Phone Number

091-022-2576 7801


091-022-2576 7803, 091-022-2572 3480


Prof. Ravi Poovaiah

Prof. Prasad Bokil

Prof. Vivek Kant