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education Updated: Jun 16, 2010 10:34 IST
Vandana Ramnani

The Hindustan Times-C fore study ranks National Institute of Design (NID) as number two. Besides the main campus in Ahmedabad, its other design centers are located in Gandhinagar and in Bangalore. The design institute, all set to celebrate it's golden jubilee this year, also has plans to set up campuses in the North East, central India and north India.

The institute offers professional education programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It has established exchange programmes and ongoing pedagogic relationships with over 35 overseas institutions. The institute takes 100 students at the UG level and 250 students at the PG programme every year.

“Our aim is to get the best in the creative field – an analytical mind with an artistic aptitude. In a country of 1 billion people, we only have 2000 designers. We need at least 10,000 designers every year but we are producing only 3000. That's why career opportunities in this field are immense. The greatest advantage NID offers is that it has been created by big thinkers,” says Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID

“We have a research and development centre in Bangalore where we offer three programmes, at the Gandhinagar centre we offer five PG programmes and in Ahmedabad we offer nine PG programmes. This year we are planning to introduce a PG programme in photography in Ahmedabad and eventually shift it to Gandhinagar next year. We have 17 programmes in the area of industrial design, communication design, textile and apparel design and IT integrated design in Bangalore,” says Vyas.

“Two years hence, we are planning to introduce a course in universal design which will look into the needs of visually impaired etc. We are thinking of starting a universal design lab this year in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar,” points out Vyas.

Design research also forms the pivot of teaching activities at NID. “We recently set up a research lab looking into the mobile space with IBM, Nokia and NID Gandhinagar. At Bangalore, we are working at e-learning for design education through Internet. This is a joint project by IIT Mumbai, IIT Guwahati and NID Bangalore. We also have established research chairs,” says Vyas.

The institute also has exchange programmes with 39 institutes all over the world, including Australia, Israel, US and Canada. It has also helped the Indus Valley of Design, Pakistan develop its curriculum.

Third in line is the Pearl Academy of Fashion. According to Dr A.K.G. Nair, group director, Pearl Academy of Fashion, “We believe that competitiveness has to be benchmarked against the best in the world.”

"Our historic co-operation with the Nottingham Trent University, enables our faculty to acquire pedagogical and research competencies of international standards specifically in the field of design education. Pearl does not believe in just turning out graduates. It takes pride in the holistic development of its students,” he adds.

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