National Design Institute: India

A welcome avenue of study for these changing times. Here is a link to a well regarded university in India, the National Design Institute – and their school philosophy developed by Charles and Ray Eames. Fascinating. click

Here is a link to their home page, where you will find this equally fascinating statement about the school (italics are mine for emphasis), “NID has been a pioneer in industrial design education after Bauhaus and Ulm in Germany and is known for its pursuit of design excellence to make Designed in India, Made for the World a reality. NID’s graduates have made a mark in key sectors of commerce, industry and social development by taking role of catalysts and through thought leadership.”

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Have a look at this equally fascinating policy at a national level.




One Response to “National Design Institute: India”

Hmmm very, very interesting. The Eames Report gives the reader a lot to think about.

“The size should be small starting with perhaps a dozen students – but with a faculty that would more than complement them in number. Even as it grew to optimum size, this one to one ratio of faculty to students might well be maintained.”
^^^ This in itself is so demanding. A one to one student/teacher ratio is practically unheard of these days.

“We would hope that those leaving the institute would leave with a start towards a real education. They should be trained not only to solve problems – but what is more important, they should be trained to help others solve their own problems.”
^^^ What a wonderful way to put that! If only more institutes put this into practice. I feel that art/design education especially is so focused on the progression/sustainability of the “self” without regard for preparing graduates to “help others solve their own problems.”

“The Director of the Institute should perhaps not be a professional designer. He should be a mature man capable of approaching administration as a non-specialist – a man who by nature could become part of the Board of Governors and a part of the Institute.”
^^^ I suppose you have to consider the point in the 20th century when this was written, because there blatant disregard for the possibility of a female director. “Mature man”…? Hmm I couldn’t find the exact year that the Eames Report was written though— the NID was set up in 1961, so does the report’s publishing year line up with that?

Hmmm a lot to think about.

Jenny added these words on Feb 08 08 at 3:47 AM

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