NMIMS, Deemed to be University adds another feather to its cap with the launch of its newest school NMIMS School of Design. The Bachelors of Design or B.Des (Humanising Technology) would be a highly innovative curriculum that rides on the best practices of Engineering and Management.
The B.Des program is designed to cater to the futuristic requirements of Designer in 2020 and beyond B.Des curriculum enhances the design abilities of the student by learning technology, business communication, programing, business management and science. The curriculum is designed to have an outcome based approach and is aligned to teach connected design rather than ‘specialisation’ based design. The students will learn to explore, evolve, be creative, agile in collaborations and be adaptive to new situations. This holistic education leads to design becoming a behaviour and a way of life.
NMIMS School of Design supports the design process of research, idea generation, prototyping and testing with a state of the art infrastructure that includes a combination workshop, tinkering studio (maker space for technology related products of design) an usability lab, wifi enabled, centrally air conditioned, technology enhanced classrooms and a well-equipped canteen that provides the prefect ambience for the students to learn, create and do team activities. The faculty members who are extremely talented will challenge and nurture the students to impact with design The School of Design will relay in all its activities the power of multi-disciplinary curriculum as an essential in design education and build an eco-system to engage in ‘humanising technology’.
The school was successfully initiated on 24th July 2017 and this was followed by the orientation week that took place from 25th to 28th July 2017. The Orientation week was titled D’Futura (future of design), as the theme of the name suggests highlights the transitory, collaborative and technology driven nature of the design practice its cascading effect on design education. Many distinguished guests from NMIMS and the design industry were present for the initiation day including Dr. Rajan Saxena (Vice Chancellor, NMIMS), Shri Shalin Divatia (Hon. Jt Secretary, SVKM), Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar (Pro Vice Chancellor, NMIMS), Dr. Meena Chintamaneni (Registrar, NMIMS), Prof Ms. Manisha Phadke (Director School of Design) and the chief guest for the special occasion was Mr. Biju Dominic, CEO and Co-founder, FinalMile Consulting.
To begin with the dignitaries addressed the parents and students with their words of wisdom and congratulated the pioneering batch. The chief guest, Mr. Biju Dominic then spoke about how his organization pioneers the practice of Behaviour Architecture with informed design interventions and how they understand, explain and influence decision-making by applying learnings from Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioural Economics, and Design.
In the end, Prof Ms. Manisha Phadke spoke about how School of Design under the stronghold brand of NMIMS is taking the university ethos further. As per Ms. Phadke, education is and should spur innovation, facilitate inter-disciplinary learning and seed an entrepreneurship culture. She also spoke about how the School of Design’s vision is to deliver education that is impactful, relevant to times and powered by multi-disciplinary curriculum to serve job profiles that would be a perfect fit and not a compromise and definitely fuel creative start-ups. She added further that this program would focus on problem solving design to humanise technology.
The orientation week kicked off on 25th July 2017 and students jumpstarted their design careers. From the very first day, all the students were completely hands on, extremely enthusiastic and eager to learn. Each day of the orientation week comprised of a student activity followed by a creative workshop and the day was concluded by a ‘Get Inspired’ talk series where experts from the emergent design industry such as Mr. Chirag Chander, Co-Founder, The Minimalist, Dr. Yogesh Patil, Co-Founder, Biosense Technologies and Mr. Pinaki Laskar Founder, Fish eye box interacted with the students. They spoke about their careers, their organization and the upcoming innovations in their respective fields. The thought process of having such a flow was to make the students aware of the horizon of an all-encompassing design profession. The students learnt about smart designs, disruptive innovations and how perhaps they themselves in due course will bring about a change in the society. The orientation week was concluded by students presenting their learnings of the week to an audience which included their parents.
NMIMS School of Design promises to deliver from its multi-disciplinary curriculum and turn its students into holistic designers.