Design is Not Only for the Elite
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
When Pradyumna Vyas took over the charge from Akhil Succena as director of National Institute of Design (NID), he had already set a roadmap for taking the design institute to a global platform. Armed with a masters in design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Vyas has an experience of 25 years in the field of design and has been the principal designer at NID before taking over as its head. In an exclusive interview with Vinay Umarji and Chitra Unnithan, Vyas shares his future plans for the institute.
What are the focus areas that you have chalked out for NID?
The thrust areas will be faculty development, and curriculum development. Also, we have to have global contacts for which we have been signing memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with foreign institutes to maintain active connectivity. We have realised that both local and global design education need to be balanced and made relevant. So far, we have had around 31 international MoUs and more are underway.