Design in India;
a Paradigm of Ascension
   

Inspiring Creativity;
the Indian Context
 
Design Education: Tradition and Modernity
 
Institutional Link
   
 
Capabilities and Areas of Interest:
  • Design for MSMEs and Craft Sector
  • Technology & Design Fusion Initiatives
  • Design for Development
  • Sustainable Design
  • Service Design,
  • Experience Design
  • Design Research
 
Work Experience Prior to Joining NID:

Engineer - Worked with a leading Voluntary agency, Antyodaya Gruh Nirman Yojana(AGNY), Valod. ( 1986/87)     
Product Designer - Kinetic Engg. Ltd., Pune One of the largest moped-manufacturing units in Asia. (1991/92)
Designer & Production In-charge - M/S   N. R. Jasani, Bombay, A leading modular office furniture manufacturer. (1992/1993)       
Design Consultant - Worked with various Industries, both small scale as well as large industries as design consultant. (1993/ 2000)
 
Present responsibilities at NID:

Faculty of Industrial Design

Product design and development through NID’s professional projects both for the industry and craft sectors.

Activity Chairperson, Education (July 2015 -)

Mentor, Design Clinic Scheme for MSMEs (July 2015 -)

Member, Advisory Committee, National Design Business Incubator, Ahmedabad (September 2011 - )

 

Previous Responsibilities held at NID:

  • Activity Chairperson, Faculty Development Programme (November 2010- July 2015)
  • Project Head, Design Clinic Scheme for MSMEs (February 2010 - July 2015)
  • Member, NID Staff Evaluation Committee (March 2006 – July 2014)
  • Mentor – Product Design, NID  (June 2013 – July 2014)
  • Head, Centre for Training of Trainers ( Aug. 2009 – November 2010)
  • Chairman, Purchase Committee, ( March 2004 – November 2010)
  • Activity Chairperson, Industry Programmes & Projects ( Aug. 2009 – November 2010)
  • Head, Foundation Programmes ( Aug. 2009 – February2010)
  • Activity Chairperson, Research & Publications ( March 2007 – July 2009)
  • Addnl. Activity Chairperson, Education ( March 2006 – March 2007)
  • Head, Student Matters & Acting Centre Head, PG campus, NID (March 2006)
  • Chairman Task force: Students’ Academic matters & related issues
  • Activity Chairperson, Outreach Programmes & Activity Chairperson, Industry Programmes & projects     (March 2004 – March 2006)
  • Activity Chairperson, Industry & International Programmes (March 2003- march 2004)
  • Activity Vice-chairperson, Education (March 2001- March 2003)
 
  • Post Graduate Programmes
 
  • Research fellowship Programmes
 
  • International Linkages
  • Coordinator – Product Design Department  (March 2002- march 2003)
  • Convener – Technology and Design Interface Forum ( March 2000 – March 2002)
  • In-charge – Materials Sample Center ( March 1998 – march 2000)
  • Coordinator Product Development Center (Aug. 93 – march 98)
  • Jury member, Design Demo Day (DDD) 2k17 at GTU, Chandkheda, 7th April, 2017
  • Expert member, faculty selection committee, Design Department, IIITDM Jabalpur,
    February 2017
  • Panel Member, GTU's Design Thinking initiation, a Round table meeting on 05th May , 2016 to revise the guidelines for Design Engineering for AY 2016-17.
  • Member, Project review committee, Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards,  Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions
    (SRISTI), 2016
  • Member Panelist, Integrating sustainability thinking in higher education, Western Region Sustainability Symposium, 21st October 2016,
Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Ahmedabad
  • Expert member, faculty selection committee, Design Department, IIITDM Jabalpur, August 2016
  • Member Jury, Design education Initiatives, The 2016 Core77 Design Awards, March 2016.
  • Final Selection juror, International Student Design Competition, October 15 to 19, 2015,
    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Member, Plenary session on ‘Collaborating with Business Membership Organizations for MSME Promotion: Tools and Strategic Options’, 23rd Sept. 2014, 2nd Indo-German SME Forum, Hotel Lalit, New Delhi.
  • Member, Brainstorming meeting for Promotion of Indian Designs, 06th May 2014, Office of Controller General of Patents, designs and Trade Marks, Mumbai.
 
 
  • Member, Scientific Review Committee, Design, Development & Research Conference 2013, July 18-20, 2013, Kumasi, Ghana; www.ddr2013.com.gh
 
  • External Examiner, Dissertation Project, M.Des Programme, IIITDM, Jabalpur, 22nd March 2013
 
  • Jury Member, India design Mark 2013
 
  • Member, MSME Committee, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India, ACMA, 28.09.2012
 
  • Member Advisory Committee of National Design Business Incubator, NDBI, NID 01.10.2011
 
  • Member Review Panel, Selection of Projects for VRF under NDBI 29.09.2012
 
  • External Examiner, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Powai, Mumbai 24.06.2011
 
  • Project Head, Design Clinic Scheme for MSMEs, the scheme financially supported by the ministry of MSMEs, Government of India.
 
  • Coordinator, DESIS-India Network, the India Chapter of the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability, DESIS, part of the international DESIS Network
 
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, UNSW,Sydney, Australia, Year 2010-12
 
  • Member,Trust Board, Suruchi Shikshan Vasahat Trust, Bardoli.
 
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, the International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development,(IJIRD), Inderscience Publishers, (www.inderscience.com), 2011.
 
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, “Young Creators for Better City Better Life”, CUMULUS Shanghai Conference 2010, TongJi University, Shanghai, China
 
  • Member, Programme Committee, ICARE-2010, the second Collaborative Academia Research Exchange workshop, IBM Research – India
 
  • External Expert, Project Evaluation for  National Council of Rural Institute, NCRI, Hydrabad to evaluate the project “Revamping Yantra Vidyalaya, Bardoli – A Rural Engineering Training Centre, for training of Artisans, Landless Labourers and Unemployed Tribal Youth on Nai Talim Concept”,  April 2010.
 
  • Member, Programme Committee,  I-CARE 2009, Collaborative Academia Research Exchange workshop, IBM Research – India
 
  • Member, Advisory Committee and member, Peer Review Committee, International Conference FLUX: Design Education in a Changing World; DEFSA, South Africa, 2007.
  New Initiatives
Team member; development of Feasibility Report and Proposal ‘Hariprasad Tamta Traditioanl Craft Development Institute’ for the Department of MSME, Government of Uttarakhand
Developed a detailed Proposal for Introduction of 2-year Postgraduate Programme in Product Design Engineering  for Autodesk India Pvt., Ltd. Bangalore
Developed research oriented student design competitions – Design Book Review Competition & Observe, Analyse & Identify Opportunities to develop interest in design research amongst the NID students
Started a quarterly research newsletter of NID – Trellis
Developed a detailed Proposal for establishing   Sir Dorabji Tata Chair for Universal Design for development-in-India at NID  and Sir Dorabji Tata Research Grant for Student Diploma projects
Developed a detailed Proposal for Introduction of 4-year Graduate Degree Programme in Product Design at the  Institute of Integrated Learning & Management, IILM, New Delhi
Conceptualized and co-anchored the first of its kind International conference on Design education in Asia – Design Education; Tradition and Modernity, DETM05.
Co-edited a Publication titled ‘Design Education, Tradition & Modernity; Scholastic Papers from the International Conference, DETM 05’ , 2007,  ISBN No: 81-86199-57-8.
Anchored various international workshops  ( 2004, 05 & 06) targeted at the developing countries with a specific objective of promoting and sharing NID’s experience of working at the grass roots level, craft sectors & social sectors.
Part of the team that conceptualized and set up the National Design Business Incubator, NDBI, at NID.
Conceptualized as part of the team, the first e-learning module on Package Design 
Anchored Design Clinic cum design Awareness Workshops for various small-scale Industry clusters of India.
Design projects carried out for the grass roots innovators, resulting in creating interest among students and also in setting up GRIDS design studio at NID.
Developed the approach paper for ‘Technology & Design Interface forum’ at NID
Guided students (part of the group of the faculty members) to design and implement  ‘multi-sensory room’ at Blind People’s association, Ahmedabad
As a Vice Chairperson, Education, started for the first time research fellowship programmes at the institute.
Formalized international exchange programmes at the institute and developed various new agreements/collaborations with design institutions across the world.
Member of the team to develop  the concept plan for the up-gradation of the industrial design workshop and the Design Vision Centre
Developed a new course module ‘Indigenous Innovations’, offered to the UG & PG students of the Product Design discipline.
Survey and Feasibility report for revival of Upendra Maharathi Institute of Industrial Design, Patna
Lectured/ presentations at various engineering collages and  industry seminars on the subjects ‘Imperatives of Technology & Design Interface’, ‘New Product development’, ‘Understanding Design’ etc.
Developed the approach paper for the design clinic model that can be replicated to various small scale industry clusters of the country
Proposal / approach paper for setting up Craft Design Center at NID
Developed a proposal for the Center for Design for SMEs (CDSME)
As a mentor, helped and guided the anchor faculty member conceptualize and successfully held the national seminar Indian Crafts: the future in a globalizing world’ under ICIC@NID.
   
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