EDU: What do you think of the status of design education in
A: From being a field on the periphery, design has now taken centre stage. It is the next big thing as far as career goes. The emphasis seems to have shifted from technology and management, and students—as well as their parents—are now aware of the design industry as a career option. Many of them are now looking at choices and alternatives in this field after their school and undergraduate courses.
Q: How does the NID approach help?
A: At NID, we thrive on flexibility—when it comes to inviting people, mixing cultures, merging technologies and changing curricula. This has given our students and graduates the confidence that not many other young designers have. Many of them set out of the school and set up their own business/studio—that is the level of assurance they acquire here.
Q: Do you think the current supply is enough to meet it?
A: I think there is a great deficit of designers. I don’t have exact figures but I believe we are turning out very few designers every year. As compared to the lakhs of engineers and managers who graduate every year, this number is paltry. We may need 15,000-20,000 designers in different sectors of economy and development, and there is a great need to augment supply.
Q: Do you think the National Design Policy has helped the cause of design?